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Sheep, Goats and Small Ruminants

Goats in a meadow

USDA. APHIS. Veterinary Services. National Animal Health Monitoring System.

This June 2011 report provides information on small-scale goat operations (defined as operations with fewer than 500 goats).

North Carolina State University. Cooperative Extension.

Links to meat goat publications that cover marketing and economics, management, health, nutrition, and reproduction.

USDA. Animal Plant Health Inspection Service.

Information, regulations and guidance on eradicating scrapie in the U.S. sheep and goat population.

Sheep Production and Management  ( PDF | 1,023 KB )

New Mexico State University. College of Agriculture and Home Economics. Extension Service.

Extensive manual about sheep production that covers selection and breeding, nutrition, health, space requirements, lambing, and more.

Penn State University. College of Agricultural Sciences. Extension Service.

Describes meat goat production characteristics, markets for goat meat, goat breeds, breeding and selection, fencing and facilities, herd health considerations, pasture management, risk management, and local regulations in Pennsylvania. Also includes sample meat goat budgets and contacts for information.

Penn State University. College of Agricultural Sciences. Extension Service.

Provides and overview of dairy goat production, marketing, nutrition, herd health and biosecurity, housing and equipment, risk management, and local regulations in Pennsylvania. Also includes sample diary goat budgets, reference materials, and contacts for information.

Penn State University. College of Agricultural Sciences. Extension Service.

Links to U.S. national, state and international meat goat associations.

eXtension.

Publications, webinars and other resources from U.S. land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension Service on meat goat and dairy goat production. Topics covered include goat breeds, establishing a goat operation, economics and business planning, marketing, fiber production, organic goat production, herd health, goat management, goat nutrition, pastures and forages, grazing and more.

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