Effective animal health program is a crucial part of a successful small ruminant production system. Developing necessary knowledge and skills to maintain the health and well being of the animal is essential for a profitable sheep and goat enterprise.

The University of Missouri Extension 2nd Annual Small Ruminant Field Day focuses on small ruminant health awareness program. 

The attendees will have the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge in assessing small ruminant health, vaccination program, on-farm biosecurity, metabolic diseases, feed & forage options and many more. Producers will have hands-on training on fecal egg count, five-point check and FAMACHA demonstration. 

Special Guest: Nick Forrest - Director of the American Lamb Roadshow will join us to cook lamb in 5 different ways for participants to taste for lunch, and Nick will be doing a talk on "Direct Marketing of Lamb to the Consumer". Nick has over 35 years as a lamb producer with forty-five years as a meat, deli and bakery manager for Kroger Company. 

Speakers and Topics:

  • Dr. Celeste Morris (DVM), MU College of Veterinary Medicine - Herd Health Management for Sheep & Goats
  • Dr. Luis Rivero (DVM), MU College of Veterinary Medicine - Managing Sheep & Goats in Late Gestation
  • Linda Coffey, NCAT, Arkansas - Nutritional Disorders of Sheep & Goats
  • Dr. Ken Coffey, (Professor) University of Arkansas - Feed & Forage Options for Sheep and Goats. 
  • Dr. Mohan Archarya, Lincoln University - Fecal Egg Counting for Sheep & Goat Producers
  • Dr. Homero Salinas, Lincoln University - FAMACHA© System & Certification

FAMACHA© Certification is optional and will be provided to interested producers at a cost of $15. Payment will be collected for the certification onsite.

Lunch will be provided - Pizza, Salad, Lamb Chops/Lamb Meat Ball

Registration is required

Venue: SWREEC, 14548 Highway H, Mt. Vernon, MO 65712

Time: 10am - 4pm

Registration is required to attend.

Registration fee is $25 per participant (Lunch, snacks, coffee and educational materials included)

Deadline to register is Wednesday 7/10/2024 at midnight


  • USDA/NIFA North Central Extension Risk Management Education 
  • American Lamb Board
  • FCS Financial
  • Missouri Katahdin Breeders Association (MOKATS)
  • Mario's Pizza
  • Vit-A-Zine
  • Missouri Forage and Grassland Council
  • Southwest Livestock Sales LLC


  • Lincoln University
  • University of Arkansas
  • MU Extension