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BY KELLEY YATES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KENTUCKY SHEEP AND GOAT DEVELOPMENT OFFICE Small Ruminant Profit School.

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1 BY KELLEY YATES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KENTUCKY SHEEP AND GOAT DEVELOPMENT OFFICE Small Ruminant Profit School

2 Changes in Industry Kentucky is growing while US numbers have declined NASS reports 49,000 head of sheep in Kentucky. Up 6,000 head in just one year! NASS reports 72,000 head of goats in Kentucky. Up 3,000 head since In all since 2007, sheep have increased 105% and goats by 436%

3 Changes in Industry, cont’d Varying market prices are starting to level off, with goats holding consistent and sheep prices increasing Lots of animals in marketplace but quality very low  Low quality results in a $50-60/cwt discount Loss due to death has doubled

4 Why? Weather  Parasite Control  Foot Care Lack of detection Misinformed about true management requirements

5 Small Ruminant Profit School (SRPS) Collaboration between the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office, Kentucky Sheep and Wool Producers, Kentucky Goat Producers, University of Kentucky, and Kentucky State University Beginning producers Three class course over 6 months

6 Benefits of SRPS Personal mentors Resource materials GHIP Program Membership to KGPA or KSWPA  HoofPrint Magazine  KY Sheep & Goat Management Calendar  American Sheep Industry Membership  Sheep Industry News subscription  blasts

7 Topics Covered Industry Overview Market Overview Types of Operations Facilities and Equipment Production Systems Nutrition Reproduction Record Keeping Foot Management Parasite Management Health Management

8 Projected Outcomes Areas of improvement Enhanced record keeping Improved genetics Improved overall herd health Improved profits

9 What Do Producers Need to Know? 3 course class over 6 months  October 4, 2014  December 6, 2014  March 14, 2015 Hardin, Trimble, Logan and Montgomery Counties Cost  $100 for current KGPA and KSWPA members  $130 for non current members Registration is done through

10 Promotional Help Ag Agents promote in counties  Flyers  Post cards  Website Ag Agent training on SRPS  UK Sheep Unit  June 17, 2014  10am-3pm (EST)  More in depth overview of materials and hands on experiences  Information on personal copy of resources  Meet mentors

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