Small Ruminant Animal Husbandry Training

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Saturday, May 18, 2024
8:30 am- 4:30 pm

For those interested in returning to the basics of farming, small ruminants present a great option for sustainable living. Our small ruminant class is a great place to start learning how to be more self-sufficient and for homesteading.
Learn how to care for small ruminants such as sheep, goats, alpacas, and llamas. Class includes instruction, handouts, videos, tutorials, and hands on experience. The primary instructor for the class is Dr. Diane Dickinson, a licensed veterinarian and an agriculturalist, with over 40 years of livestock and farming experience. Her unique perspective of animal husbandry care includes that of a producer, a veterinarian, and a small flock & herd owner. She also shares her experiences in global agriculture, Biblical agriculture, sustainable living, natural production, agritourism and niche markets.
The Dickinsons have owned and operated Shepherd’s Cross, a working sheep farm, for over 30 years. Their livestock include sheep, cattle, alpacas, llamas, donkeys, horses & poultry. Their farm is Animal Welfare Approved with their livestock pasture raised and pasture fed.

Class Topics Include
Vaccinations Feet Trimming
Tail docking Bloodless castration
Managing pasture & Feeding Parasites & Worms
Practical profitable flock herd health for working shepherds FAMACHA
Sheep, goats, alpacas & others Lambing & birthing
Neonatal care – lambs, kids & others Tubing
Wool management AWA

Classes are limited to 20 participants and fill quickly. Beverages are provided. Bring your lunch.
Cost is $99.00 per person, $179.00 for 2 family members, or $259.00 for 3 or more family members (age 16 & over).
During these troubled times, small flocks provide stability for our families, communities, and the nation. Sheep starter flocks are available locally at Shepherd’s Cross.