The Master Small Ruminant Producer Certification Program is a comprehensive course for beginning and advanced goat and sheep producers. This training program provides educational training opportunities in small ruminant production, management and marketing for Low to Moderate Income(LMI) and/or Urgent Need producers to assist in building a viable and sustainable goat and sheep industry in the state of Louisiana. Farmers must pass a farm inspection to become certified as a Master Small Ruminant Producer. A non-certification track is also available for producers.
Levels of Certification
The producer will be awarded a certificate of completion after successfully completing five hours of training for each of the following topics on small ruminants: Nutrition; Reproduction; Management and Production; Housing and Facilities; Pasture-based Production and Breeds and Breeding.
The prerequisite for level two is to complete level one and additionally complete 10 hours of each of the following topics on small ruminants: Record Keeping; Animal Health and Diseases; Biosecurity; Genetics and Breeding; and Parasite Detection. A producer should also pass a preliminary complete farm inspection that includes availability of facilities.
The prerequisite for level three is to complete levels one and two of the program and pass final farm evaluation during a second farm inspection. At this level, a producer is expected to receive five hours of training on each of the following topics: Health Benefit of Meat Goats; Value Added Meat Goat Products; Marketing Small Ruminants; Disaster Preparedness; and Determination of Forage Quality. In addition to these three levels of certification, a producer must complete 10 hours of Goat Husbandry and Hands on Training. After successful completion of all levels, a sign will be displayed on the property identifying the producer as a Master Small Ruminant Producer. A certification of completion will be given every year with a final graduation ceremony at the end of the third year.
- Goat and Sheep Industry
- Biosecurity, Food Safety, and Quality Assurance
- Selecting and Evaluating Breeding Stock
- Reproductive Management of Small Ruminants
- Small Ruminant Nutrition
- Pasture Management
- Identifying Poisonous Plants
- Natural and Organic De-worming Alternatives
- Diseases in Small Ruminants
- State and Federal Regulations
- Record Keeping
- Production and Marketing
- Risk Management
- Establishing a Small Ruminant Facility
- Hoof Trimming
- Administering Medications
- Body Condition Scoring
“Our goal is to cultivate skills in urban farming techniques in which they learn to use sustainable and modern practices.” Felton DeRouen, II