Sheep and Goat Program

Extension educational programs for sheep and goat producers in Maryland are coordinated by Susan Schoenian, Sheep and Goat Specialist, at the Western Maryland Research & Education Center. Susan holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from Virginia Tech and Montana State University, respectively. She has been with the University of Maryland Extension since 1988.

Currently, Susan is a member of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control, American Sheep Industry Association’s Production, Education, and Research Council, Productivity Improvement Team of the Lamb Industry Roadmap project, NSIP Relaunch committee, and two multi-state research committees that focus on small ruminant production: SCC081 (Sustainable Small Ruminant Production in the Southeastern U.S.) and NCERA214 (Increased Efficiency of Sheep Production).

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Sheep Research

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Comparison of Ram, Wether, and Short-Scrotum Lambs
2018 | 2019

In 2018 and 2019, the performance, carcass, and reproductive traits of ram, wether, and short-scrotum lambs were compared at the University of Maryland's Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville, Maryland.

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Online FAMACHA© Certification

Online FAMACHA© Certification

After COVID-19, the University of Maryland Extension began offering online FAMACHA© certification. A webinar was held on May 7, 2020. The webinar was recorded, and the recording was uploaded to YouTube.  To get certified, watch the video. The other requirements for certification are to pass a test (70%) and send a video demonstrating the proper FAMACHA© technique on a sheep, goat, or camelid:  COVER-PUSH-PULL-POP. 

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Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon

The Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon

The Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon is always held the Sunday of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is always held the first full weekend of May at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland.

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Meat Goat Carcass Evaluation

Meat Goat Carcass Evaluation

In 2009, the University of Maryland Small Ruminant Extension Program began harvesting goats from the Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test to collect carcass data. The purpose was to characterize the carcasses from pasture-fed meat goat bucklings.

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Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test

Identifying genetically superior bucks

A pasture-based meat goat performance test was initiated at the University of Maryland's Western Maryland Research & Education Center (WMREC) in Keedysville, Maryland in 2006. The test is sponsored by the University of Maryland Extension (UME). It is strongly supported by Kiko breeders throughout the United States.

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Small Ruminant Webinars

A webinar is a seminar presented through the world wide web. All you need to participate in is a computer with an internet connection. High-speed internet access is recommended. Interaction is via a chatbox. Most webinars are recorded, and the recordings are uploaded to YouTube (or some other similar). The University of Maryland Small Ruminant Extension Program has been doing webinars since 2011. Webinar offerings have increased substantially due to COVID-19. 

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