Washington State University

Small Farms Team

Sustainable Livestock Production

Managing Sheep and Goats

This comprehensive online course presents key topics to help producers establish or expand goat and sheep production operations as part of their farming enterprises. The course consists of several lessons based on live presentations by leading local experts. Course topics include breed selection, nutrition and pasture management, health and disease (including a lesson dedicated to parasite control), financial planning and record keeping, and marketing and regulations.

Sign up for the entire course or take classes a la carte.


Breed Selection

Sheep and Goat Breed Selection presented by Lorrie Conway, Conway Family Farms, LLC


Feeding and Managing Lambs for Quality presented by Mark Nelson, WSU Department of Animal Sciences

Goat Nutrition presented by Gary Fredricks, WSU Extension

Pasture Management

Sheep Management on Pasture presented by Mark Nelson, WSU Department of Animal Sciences

Goat Pasture Management presented by Gary Fredricks, WSU Extension

Health and Disease

Health and Disease of Sheep and Goats, presented by Susan Kerr, DVM, WSU Extension

New Trends in Small Ruminant Parasite Detection and Control, presented by Susan Kerr, DVM, WSU Extension

Financial Planning and Record Keeping

Planning for Profit: Financial Analysis and Record Keeping presented by Shannon Neibergs, WSU Extension Economist

Marketing and Regulations

Regulations and Marketing Your Meat presented by Fred Berman, WSDA

Organic Certification presented by Georgana Webster, WSDA

Preview a sample class


Individual classes range from 20 to 80 minutes and are available for $5 to $15. The entire course is available for $30

You may sign up for classes here

Cultivating Success USDA NIFA

A Cultivating Success program sponsored by WSU’s Small Farms Team with support from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Grant #2009-49400-05978

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