Dairy, Meat, and Fiber for Profit
This course is formatted to guide beginning farmers through the production and marketing of goats. Goats can function as a profitable stand-alone enterprise or can be integrated into your existing farm structure to provide a variety of products and make use of marginal lands that would otherwise go unused.
BEGINNER – Farming has a difficult learning curve because it requires experience in both production and marketing. This course is designed to illustrate the many successes and failures experienced by other goat producers so that students can learn from and adapt their particular systems and resources based on those that have come before. These modules are intended to be beneficial for those who are interested in adding goats to their farm, those who are expanding their operations, or those who are interested in transferring from a confinement operation to a pasture-based operation.
During the course, you will:
- Learn the basics of raising goats, including feed, water, shelter, fencing, and basic health care
- Understand the common perils and pitfalls that affect goat producers
- With the help of the class and the instructor, outline a basic production plan for goats on your particular property including fencing set up, water set up, and integrating the animals into your existing on-farm enterprises
- Discuss marketing strategies regarding the sale of live animals, animal products, and value-added products
The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in Teachable, our virtual classroom. To add to the experience, webinars will be woven into the online interface of the course to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from presenters and ask questions in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing.
Live instruction for 2024 has concluded. You are welcome to enroll now to complete this course on a self-paced schedule and join our next live session in Winter 2025. All webinars are recorded and posted in your online classroom to watch anytime. Once enrolled in this course, you will retain access to all materials indefinitely and may return to participate in future live offerings of the course as well. Please join us!
Testimonials from Recent Students
-The collected knowledge and experience of the instructor and all the guest presenters was impressive. I will be making some key changes to my livestock management this year and feel confident that I can improve my profitability as a result.
-I appreciated the professional resources and ability to speak directly with experts practicing in the field.
Jenn Bassman is a Communications Specialist for ZERO TO THREE. She owns a 15-acre farm in Berkshire, NY where she raises Kunekune pigs, Icelandic sheep and Toggenburg goats primarily on pasture. She has a 13-year-old daughter who is a 3rd generation 4-H’er and a competitive dancer.