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Sheep & Goat Seminar – Housing & Equipment – October 19

Monday, September 23rd, 2013
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herding sheep flock toward a handling areaProviding proper housing for your livestock  is an important aspect to the success of your farming operation, no matter the size.  The  health and performance of your sheep or goats depends upon their comfort in every season.  Proper housing need not be elaborate or expensive – just appropriate.  In addition, the housing and equipment you use can save time and labor.  How much time do you spend caring for or handling your livestock?  Can these regular activities be streamlined? Being  as efficient as possible will make a difference for you, your health and bottom line.

After participating in this seminar, you will be able to effectively assess your situation and make the necessary changes – from air exchange, to cleaning, handling, loading livestock, feed or supply storage and more.

Please make plans to attend this practical seminar scheduled for 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine.  For more information 2013 Maine Sheep & Goat Housing and Equipment Seminar


UMaine Extension Offers Sheep, Goat Housing Seminar

Thursday, September 5th, 2013
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University of Maine Cooperative Extension will present a daylong Maine Sheep & Goat Housing and Equipment Seminar on October 19, 2013 at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

UMaine Extension is offering the seminar in cooperation with the Maine Sheep Breeders Association, Boer Goat Breeders of Maine and regional dairy goat associations of Maine.

The $35 per-person fee includes a reference notebook, refreshments and a hot lunch that includes Maine lamb. Online registration for the class is available at the UMaine Extension Livestock website, For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call Justine Denny at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine only).

John Porter, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension professor, will lead the class. In addition, farmers will talk about housing and equipment that have worked well for them and their livestock.

“Housing is an important consideration for sheep or goat producers,” says UMaine Extension Poultry and Small Ruminant Specialist Richard Brzozowski. “Livestock facilities should be well designed for animal comfort, easy cleaning and efficient management. Multiuse of housing should also be considered. Producers who participate in this one-day seminar will learn how to design or adapt their facilities with profitability in mind.”

New Blogs for Small Ruminant Producers and Poultry Producers

Thursday, September 5th, 2013
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Extension expert with goat producer; photo by Edwin Remsberg
free range chickens; photo by Edwin Remsberg

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has named Dr. Richard Brzozowski as Maine small ruminant and poultry specialist. Brzozowski has worked as an Extension educator in Maine since 1987. He will continue to be based in Cumberland County, providing targeted, enhanced programming efforts to assist producers of sheep, goats, camelids, and all species of poultry throughout the state.

As a part of his new responsibilities, Brzozowski will offer two blogs on a regular basis — one blog for small ruminant producers and the other blog for poultry producers. These electronic communications will feature timely topics directed at production, management, and marketing.

If there are particular topics you would like to see Brzozowski address in his blogs, please contact him directly at