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MASTER GOAT PRODUCER TRAINING CERTIFICATION

The 2020 Tuskegee University Master Goat Producer’s Training Certification Program Scheduled for August 3-7, 2020 with Post-Program Grant Writing Workshop on August 7, 2020.

About MGPC

New business opportunities, such as meat goat production, exist for farm families to diversify their small farm operations and to explore alternative enterprises and innovative marketing systems to increase their farm income. For more than four decades, Tuskegee University (TU) has played a leading role in goat research and as a resource for small and minority farmers involved in goat production. The Tuskegee University held its inaugural Master Goat Producer’s Training Certification (MGPC) Program in August 2008 to provide new and established producers an opportunity to access up-to-date and accurate information on how to raise healthy, productive meat goats. The Annual MGPC Program is scheduled to be held virtually via Zoom on August 3-7, 2020 with a “Grants for Producers” post-program workshop event sponsored by Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) on Friday, August 7 at 2:30 PM. In conjunction with the Tuskegee University Caprine Research and Education team, contributors from Florida A & M University, Mississippi State University, University, Auburn University, Auburn University, University of Georgia, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries USDA and others provide a comprehensive training program with classes on herd health, marketing, nutrition and pasture management, bio-security, bio-terrorism awareness, quality assurance, disaster preparedness, reproductive management and much, much more.  The program also includes hands-on training in hoof trimming, assessing body condition scores, judging livestock, FAMACHA and microscopic fecal examinations, pasture management and more with three levels of program certification available. Since its inception, almost 300 producers, agricultural professions and other stakeholders have been trained as a result of this program.  Registration materials are now available online or may be obtained from Tiffani Williams at twilliams1@tuskegee.edu or 334-727-8453.

Registration ($10) deadline is July 31, 2020 with late registration $20 thereafter. Registration begins June 1, 2020. There will not be any lodging scholarships for the 2020 program as it will be offered virtually via Zoom due to COVID-19.

Program Overview

The Master Goat Producer's Certification Program is a comprehensive training program which offers classes on herd health, marketing, nutrition and pasture management, bio-security, bio-terrorism awareness, quality assurance, disaster preparedness, reproductive management and much, much more. The program will include hands-on training in hoof trimming, assessing body condition scores, artificial insemination, judging livestock, FAMACHA and microscopic fecal examinations, pasture management and more. There are three levels of certification and they are as follows:

  • Level One: The producer will be awarded a certificate of completion and a sign to display on the property which states the participant is a Master Goat Producer
  • Level Two: The prerequisite requirement for level two is to complete level one and complete a farm inspection.
  • Level Three: The prerequisite requirements for level three is to complete levels one and two of the program and pass evaluation during a second farm inspection. 

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Registration for the 2020 MGPC Program begins June 1, 2020. This year’s event will last five days, August 3-7, 2020 and requires registration ($10 by July 31 and $20 thereafter).  Individuals are encouraged to spread the word.

A post-program workshop entitled “Grants for Producers” will also be held on the last day of the program this year and is free of charge and does not require registration.

Announcement flyers for the Training Program and Grants Workshop can be downloaded by clicking on the images below.

Registration

Registration for the 2020 MGPC Program begins June 1, 2020.  This is a five day event and requires registration.  Interested persons may access the Mail-In Registration Form and mail your completed registration form along with the check and/or money order to the address indicated on the form.  Alternatively, individuals may Register Online. 

A post-program workshop entitled Grants for Producers” will also be held at 2:30PM on August 7; pre-registration for workshop is not required, but encouraged and it is a NO COST activity!!!  Announcement flyers can be downloaded by clicking HERE

Program Contacts

Dr. Olga Bolden-Tiller
Assistant Dean CAENS and Department Head DAES
Tuskegee University
103 Mary Starke Harper Hall
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Tel: (334) 727-8403
Fax: (334) 727-8552
E-mail: oboldentiller@tuskegee.edu 

Ms. Tiffani Williams
Program Assistant
Tuskegee University
103 Mary Starke Harper Hall
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Tel: (334) 727-8453
Fax: (334) 727-8552
E-mail: twilliams1@tuskegee.edu

FAQs

The answers to most FAQs can be found on the Registration Form.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us through the contact information provided above. 

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