MASTER GOAT PRODUCER TRAINING CERTIFICATION

The Annual Tuskegee University Master Goat Producer’s Training Certification Scheduled for August 7-9, 2017 

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 twenty-five years 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 at the Tuskegee University Caprine Research and Education Unit on August 7-9, 2017 with a “Grants for Producers” pre-program workshop event sponsored by Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) on Sunday, August 6 at 6PM.  In conjunction with the Tuskegee University Caprine Research and Education team, contributors from Texas A & M University, Alabama A & M University, Auburn University, Florida A & M University, Fort Valley State University, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries 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, ~130 producers and agricultural professions have been trained as a result of this program.  Registration materials are now available and may be obtained from Marilyn Hooks at mhooks@mytu.tuskegee.edu or 334-727-8453. 

Early registration ($75) deadline is July 15 with late registration $100 thereafter.  Registration begins April 28, 2017.  Lodging scholarships are available for the first 10 registrants (outside 60 mile radius of Tuskegee, AL); applications received before April 28, 2017 will not be considered for the lodging scholarship. 

The organizers would like to thank the following program sponsors:  Southern-SARE and TU-CAENS.

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 2017 MGPC Program begins April 28, 2017.  This is a three day event and does require registration ($75).  Individuals are encouraged to spread the word.  Announcement flyers can be downloaded by clicking here.

A pre-program workshop entitled “Grants for Producers” will be held this year. This event is free of charge and does not require registration.  Individuals are encouraged to spread the word.  Announcement flyers can be downloaded by clicking here.

Registration

Registration for the 2017 MGPC Program begins April 28, 2017.  This is a three day event and does require registration.  Individuals are encouraged to spread the word. CLICK HERE to access the Registration Form and mail your completed registration form along with the check and/or money order to the address indicated on the form.  You can also register online through Credit Card Registration.

A pre-program workshop entitled “Grants for Producers” will be held this year. Pre-registration for the pre-program workshop is not required and it FREE of charge!!!  Announcement flyers can be downloaded by clicking here.

Program Contacts

Dr. Olga Bolden-Tiller
AgriTREK/SciTREK and AgDiscovery Program Director
Tuskegee University
103 Mary Starke Harper Hall
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Tel: (334) 727-8403
Fax: (334) 727-8552
E-mail: obtiller@mytu.tuskegee.edu 

Ms. Marilyn Hooks
AgriTREK/SciTREK and AgDiscovery Program Assistant
Tuskegee University
103 Mary Starke Harper Hall
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Tel: (334) 727-8453
Fax: (334) 727-8552
E-mail: mhooks@mytu.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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