Penn State offers course on meat goat production


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Meat goat producers looking for information on how to make their livestock enterprise more profitable can take advantage of a home-study course offered by Penn State Extension this winter.

The course, which begins Feb. 6, will cover profit-enhancing production principles for raising meat goats. Lessons are available through conventional mail delivery or through email and the Internet.

The course contains six weekly lessons. Lesson topics include production basics, nutrition, health, reproduction, marketing and financial issues.

Each lesson has information about the topic and a worksheet for producers to complete and mail or email back to Penn State Extension for comments. Producers also can submit questions they would like to have answered.

“This course is a great way for producers to learn new information without having to rearrange their schedule to accommodate a meeting,” said Melanie Barkley, extension educator based in Bedford County, who is coordinating the course. “Producers can study the lessons at their leisure in their own home.”

Know your operation

Worksheet questions are designed to assist producers with analyzing their current operation. Greg Strait, extension educator from Fulton County, serves as the course instructor. He addresses comments to participants’ individual situations to better help them improve their management skills.

According to Barkley, more than 1,000 producers from across the country have taken this course.

“Producers’ comments following completion of the course show that information offered in the course was very beneficial for them,” she said. “Producers are able to adapt the information for use in their own operations.”

For more details or to sign up for a course, go to or call 877-345-0691. To speak to one of the instructors, contact the Penn State Extension office in Bedford County at 814-623-4800 or in Fulton County at 717-485-4111.

Cost for each course is $50 if taken via email and the Internet, and $85 if taken using U.S. Postal Service deliveries. Deadline for registration is Jan. 28.


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