MASTER GOAT and SHEEP CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
Florida A&M University
Research and Extension Center
4259 Bainbridge Highway
Quincy, Florida 32352

About the Program

This program is for beginning and advanced goat and sheep producers. To become certified as a Master Goat or Sheep Producer you must attend every class, take the pre-test, take the post test and pass with a score of 70% or above and pass an on-farm inspection. To become eligible for certification as an Advanced Master Goat Producer (only available for goat producers), you must pass a second on-farm inspection and pass the web-based goat certification course hosted on Langston University's website. We also offer a non-certification track for those producers, students or agricultural professionals who want to participate in the training activities, but are not interested in becoming certified. Individuals that take the non-certification track will not be required to have an on-farm inspection. The Master Goat and Sheep Producer’s Certification Program is a comprehensive training program which offers classes in the following areas:

  • The Goat and Sheep Industry
  • Marketing
  • Establishing a Facility (i.e., fencing, shelters, holding pens)
  • Herd Health Management
  • Dead Animal Disposal
  • Bio-security and Food Safety
  • Nutrition and Pasture Management
  • Silvo-Pasture Production Systems
  • Predator Control
  • Reproduction and Breeding Management
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Bioterroism Awareness
  • Developing Enterprise Budgets
  • Business Management and Development
  • Risk Management (i.e, Financial, Production and Marketing)
  • Selecting and Evaluating Breeding Stock
  • Hands-on Training (FAMACHA training, hoof trimming, microscopic fecal examinations etc.)

The Master Goat and Sheep Producer’s Certification Program is a joint initiative between the Cooperative Extension Program at Florida A&M University, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, University of Florida and the Southeastern Small Farmer’s Network.


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To view the schedule for the Program, click here.

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