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Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination Workshop in Goats

Tuskegee University Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination Workshop is conducted every odd year May!


Artificial insemination (AI) is gaining popularity among goat producers. Goat producers can take advantage of AI to accelerate genetic gain, to eliminate herd maintenance costs and to preserve valuable genetics.

With funding from the USDA/NIFA (Grant#2015-38821-2437), Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program and The Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Alabama A&M University are providing a hands-on workshop entitled “Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination (AI) in Goats” at the Tuskegee University Caprine Research and Education Unit on Tuesday through Thursday May 21-23, 2019. The workshop seating is limited to 20 participants. Registration is $35 and includes lunch and all training materials.

This training will allow goat producers to receive instruction on the reproduction of goats, including anatomy, physiology and reproductive management of does as well as the advantages and limitations of using AI. The workshop will also provide hands on training in AI techniques. Participants will learn how to use the controlled internal drug-releasing device (CIDR) that was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration to implant progesterone in goats for the purpose of synchronizing estrus.

For more information or to register, contact the AI Workshop Student Program Assistant, Ms. Atiya Shahid at 334-727-8403 or

The organizers would like to thank the following program sponsors: Tuskegee University, College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences (CAENS) and Cooperative Extension Program, USDA/NIFA (Grant#2015-38821-2437), and Dr. Maria Leite-Browning as well as the Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA - Alabama Meat Goat and Sheep Producers).

NOTE:  The first 5 farmers to register for the program will receive a stipend of up to $500.000 in the form a check following the completion of the program. Participants and subsequent awardees must complete ALL days and all activities to receive said stipend and or be awarded a certificate of completion.

Program Overview

The Artificial Insemination (AI) workshop is a training program that focuses on the benefits and limitations of using AI as a primary method of reproductive management. The program will include a discussion of goat reproductive anatomy and physiology and provide the participants with an opportunity to gain hands on experience in performing a successful AI procedure. Participants will also learn about the fundamentals of estrus cycles in does, the functions of hormones used to induce estrus, and much more…

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Program Contacts

Dr. Olga Bolden-Tiller
Tuskegee University
103 Mary Starke-Harper Hall
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Tel: 334-727-8403
Fax: 334-727-8552

Ms. Atiya Shahid
Tuskegee University
103 Morrison-Mayberry Hall
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Tel: 334-727-8453

Tiffany Williams
Tuskegee University
103 Mary Starke-Harper Hall
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Tel: 334-727-8453

Training Team
Gemechu Wirtu, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor and Interim Head
Department of Biomedical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
Patterson Hall, Room 305
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL  36088
Tel: 334-727-8793 (Office), 8797 (Lab)


Program Sponsors

This program is sponsored by Tuskegee University CAENS, USDA/NIFA (Grant#2015-38821-2437), and CEP with additional support by from ALFA


The answers to most FAQs can be found on the registration form. If you have any additional questions, please contact us. 

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