A sheep and goat school for new farmers is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at the Wolfe’s Neck Center, 184 Burnett Road in Freeport. UMaine Cooperative Extension photo

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is partnering with Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Animal Health Team and the Wolfe’s Neck Center to offer a sheep and goat school for new farmers.

The event is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the 184 Burnett Road center in Freeport.

Topics include selecting animals, housing and fence options, health and parasite management, biosecurity, record keeping, and building a veterinary kit. There will be a shearing demonstration, and participants can gain hands-on experience with body condition scoring, hoof trimming, behavior and veterinary care, according to a news release from Rachel White with the extension.

The event features instruction by White, University of Maine Cooperative Extension sustainable agriculture and livestock educator; Elizabeth Tarantino, Wolfe’s Neck Center Dairy and Livestock manager; Taryn Pearson, assistant state veterinarian, Maine DACF; and Carol Delaney, livestock specialist, Maine DACF.

The cost for the event is on a sliding scale from $50 to $120 and includes lunch. Class size is limited to 35; registration is required on the event registration page at umaine-extension.

Those with a disability who need an accommodation to participate can call Sue Baez at 207-667-8212 or 800-287-8212 (in Maine) to discuss their needs. Receiving requests from accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, but all requests will be considered.


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