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Sheep, goats classes are offered

January 23, 2007

Goats and sheep both make excellent small farm enterprises and can also be developed into profitable farm enterprises.

So says Susan Schoenian, the sheep and goat specialist at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center near Keedysville.

Schoenian said the Washington County Extension office will be hosting a sheep and goat short course this winter/early spring.

Four classes will teach the basics of raising sheep and/or goats for meat, fiber, or dairy, she said.

The classes will be held, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., on: Feb. 20, Meat Goats 101; March 6, Meat Sheep 101; March 22; Dairy Goats 101; and April 3, Wool Sheep 101.

In addition to herself, Schoenian said, the instructors will be Jeff Semler, county agricultural Extension agent, as well as various experienced producers.

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Each class will be independent of one another.

The registration fee is $5 per class, an amount that will cover the price of handouts and refreshments.

The registration deadline for each class is the day before the class.

For more information or to register for a class, contact the Washington County Extension office at 301-791-1404 or jsemler@umd.edu.

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