U.C. Cooperative Extension to offer sheep and goat workshop

June 13 event is an opportunity to learn about sheep and goat management

Are you a local sheep and/or goat producer, 4-H or FFA member, or someone who is interested in learning more about sheep and goats? Do you have questions about disease prevention, nutrition, or vegetation management using sheep and goats? Join U.C. Cooperative Extension for a sheep and goat workshop on Tuesday, June 13 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Hollister.

The workshop, hosted by Hollister FFA, will be at the San Benito High School Ag Barn on San Benito Street just past the football field. 

There will be a demonstration by local sheep shearer Sergio Garza and participants can learn about disease prevention and the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) from Dr. William Seals, DVM from Gilroy.

Roger Ingram, a livestock and natural resources advisor, will talk about using sheep and goats for fire fuel and weed control. He will be retiring this year, so this is an opportunity to learn from a true expert before he retires. 

Some other U.C. Cooperative Extension folks who are small ruminant experts will be speaking as well.  Dan Macon will cover predator management and John Harper will share information about nutrition.  We’ll also have an update on the Lamb Board from Monterey County producer Joanne Nissen.   

Registration is $15 for adults and $5 for youth 18 and under. Light refreshments will be provided. 

For more details, and to register, go to or contact Devii Rao at 831-637-5346 x14 or email her at [email protected]. Please register by June 6 so we have a good head-count and have enough snacks for everyone.

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Devii Rao

I am the UC Cooperative Extension Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor serving San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Cruz counties.