Raising sheep and goats can be a fruitful way for small and limited-resource producers to diversify their operations. They just need the tools to make the enterprise successful. A new Small Ruminant Toolbox developed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) with the help of a number of collaborators fits that bill nicely.

The free toolbox, which was funded by USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), is a well-organized collection of some of the best information available on small ruminants.

The Tools

  • Relevant ATTRA materials, including the comprehensive, 978-page “Small Ruminant Resource Manual”
  • Several informative presentations shared by Susan Schoenian of University of Maryland Extension
  • The entire course for the Tennessee Master Meat Goat Producer Program
  • An extensive library of related Power Point Presentations
  • A “Frequently Asked Questions” section on sheep and goat production
  • A list of other resources

Not Just for Producers

The information in the Small Ruminant Toolbox is also a great resource for Extension agents and other educators. Most of the materials can be freely shared, and if there are restrictions, the toolbox lays out what they are.  There is even a section specifically geared toward Extension agents.

Where to Find the Toolbox

The Small Ruminant Toolbox is available at no cost on the ATTRA website at https://attra.ncat.org/ruminant/