University of Maryland Extension

Sheep and Goat

University of Maryland Sheep and Goats

Sheep are ideally suited to a small-scale or part-time farming operation due to their nutritional versatility and adaptability. Sheep can be fed a very high concentrate diet (similar to swine), solely a forage diet, or any combination. Goats are highly adaptable animals that may be integrated into livestock operations of any scale. Demand for goat meat, milk, cheese, and hide has steadily increased in the United States along with the proliferation of ethnic and specialty markets. If you are considering becoming a sheep or goat producer in Maryland be sure to check out the Maryland Small Ruminant website for more resources and events around the state.

General | Economics | Breeding and Reproductive | Health | Nutrition | Facilities

General

  • Sheep 101 (Website)
    Sheep 201 (Website)
    University of Maryland Extension's Sheep & Goat Specialist, Susan Schoenian is the author of the Sheep 101 and Sheep 201 websites where you can learn the basics on Sheep production including facilities, reproduction, health, and lambing, and much more.
General | Economics | Breeding and Reproductive | Health | Nutrition | Facilities

Economics

  • Can You Make Money With Sheep?
    This publication published at the University of Wisconsin- Madison shares expectations of starting a small ruminant flock.
  • Sample Meat Goat Budget
    Penn State Extension offers a Sample Meat Goat Budget for producers to utilize and customize to their flock.
  • Sample Spring Lamb Budget
    Penn State offers a Sample Spring Lamb Budget for producers to utilize and customize to their flock.
General | Economics | Breeding and Reproductive | Health | Nutrition | Facilities

Breeding & Reproductive Management

General | Economics | Breeding and Reproductive | Health | Nutrition | Facilities

Health Management

General | Economics | Breeding and Reproductive | Health | Nutrition | Facilities

Nutrition Management

General | Economics | Breeding and Reproductive | Health | Nutrition | Facilities

Facilities

  • Electric Fencing for Sheep (ANSI-3855)
    Get the basics on fencing for sheep and goats with Oklahoma State Extension’s publication on Electric Fence for Sheep. The publication covers both permanent and temporary fencing as well as chargers and proper grounding.
  • Building Plans - Sheep
    Get building plans from North Dakota State University. These plans are free and cover a wide array of possible facilities, including pole buildings, chutes, feeders, and more.
General | Economics | Breeding and Reproductive | Health | Nutrition | Facilities
Section: 
Maintained by the IET Department of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. © 2017. Web Accessibility