Sheep Production & Management

2018 Sheep and Goat Symposium
A pen of Sheep and Goats

Please join us for this first annual Sheep and Goat Symposium. Topics will include applied nutrition and reproduction, health management and predation control. On day two, there will be an opportunity to become certified in sheep and goat health management. There will also be a wool lab designed to provide "hands on" learning.

Wednesday October 18 12:00pm - 1:00pm Registration 1:00pm - 2:00pm Nutrition (Anatomy, feeds, nutritional considerations) 2:00pm - 3:00pm Reproduction (Anatomy, breeding, technology) Break 3:30pm - 4:30pm Health (Immunology, why vaccinate, how vaccinates work) 4:30pm - 5:00pm Marketing (Mr. Mike Corn - Roswell Wool) 5:00pm - 5:30pm Predation Management

Dinner and Panel of Expert Discussion

Thursday October 19 8:00 am - 10:00 am Wool lab and judging contest Break 10:15 - 12:00 Sheep and Goat Health Certification

Symposium Registration $20.00 (Early Registration; Deadline October 17 5pm) $30.00 (On site Registration)

If you are interested to further you education in animal science and natural resource management, Ag Days Degree program will begin directly after the Sheep and Goat Symposium. Please visit to learn more.

For more information call Marcy Ward (575-644-3379)

Directions To Symposium
Map for Directions to Symposium

Directions: From 1-25: 1. Take University Exit Towards Campus 2. Take 1st Left after Espina St onto Knox St 3. After stop sign look for Parking Signage

From I-10: 1. Take University Exit Towards Campus 2. Take 1st RIGHT after Union St. onto Knox St 3. After stop sign look for Parking Signage

Image of a flock of sheep

Many New Mexico livestock producers could profit by including sheep in their farm enterprises. Sheep are among the most efficient of all the domestic animals and have been for thousands of years. Different from cattle and swine, sheep are adapted to the most extreme environmental conditions. Sheep are very agile and graze easily in the most rugged of mountain terrain, where cattle choose not to feed. Furthermore, some sheep breeds are well suited to survive on sparse desert range that would not be used otherwise. Thus, sheep have the ability to convert the natural forage of these extreme habitats into protein for human uses. We use the proteins produced by sheep in the form of wool and lamb.

Sheep can use practically all types of forage, including crop residue and even ditch banks. An abundance of forage is one key to profitable sheep production. The successful producer also must have a genuine interest in business, management skills, and labor to care for the sheep.

Some Advantages of Producing Sheep

  • Sheep are easy to handle and generally require little input.
  • Sheep production does not require elaborate facilities and equipment.
  • Sheep consume roughage as their primary feed.
  • Sheep help control weeds.
  • Sheep provide two sources of cash income: lamb and wool.
  • Sheep require a minimum amount of supplemental feeding.
  • Sheep can provide a quick return on investment

Disadvantages of Producing Sheep

  • A sheep enterprise must be well managed.
  • Sheep are subject to predation by coyotes, eagles, bobcats, lions, bears, domestic dogs, etc.
  • Sheep require better fencing than do cattle.
  • Internal parasites can create health problems when sheep are intensively grazed on irrigated pastures.

2018 Sheep and Goat Symposium

Marcy Ward
Phone: 575-646-5947