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Sheep & Goats

South Dakota ranks sixth nationally in sheep and wool production, and the demand for goat meat and dairy products is on the rise across the United States. Small ruminants are well-suited for any size of operation and provide sustainable food and fiber to our growing world.

Whether your flock/herd is several generations old, or you are new to the industry, the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension team has the research-based information, best management practices and resources available to help you maintain a healthy and profitable small ruminant operation. Programs are developed to meet the varying needs and experience levels of producers, and collaborations exist to offer mentorship of potential and beginning producers that foster successful connections to those just starting out.

Upcoming Events

A healthy, growing soybean field. Farmyard in the background.
Oct 21

Sustaining the Legacy @ Rapid City

Join South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension and industry professionals for a 2-day Estate Planning and Farm Succession Conference.

Nov 06

Goat Butchering Class

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension will be holding a goat butchery course on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the SDSU Meat Lab, in Brookings, South Dakota from 8:30 -11:30 a.m. CDT.

Small group of white sheep in a sheep shearing enclosure.
Dec 11

SDSU Sheep Shearing School

SDSU Extension will be hosting a sheep shearing school on Dec. 11-13 at the SDSU Sheep Research and Teaching Unit in Brookings, South Dakota.

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Sheep, Goats