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During the mid 1970s, Lincoln University established its first sheep flock and in the mid 1980s a goat herd was added. In 2000, the meat goat industry began to boom and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension (LUCE) recognized its potential for growth. In 2008, the university stepped forward and became the lead in Missouri to promote the small ruminant industry through extension and research.
Presently, 182 Boer goats, 69 Dorset sheep and 97 Katahdin sheep reside at George Washington Carver Farm. LUCE serves the leadership role and promotion of eXension Goat Industry Community of Practice. Visit www.extension.org/goat for more information.
As new research efforts focus on current production issues such as foot rot, genetics, grazing studies, natural parasite control, and brush control using goats and sheep, LUCE focuses on providing these findings to producers.
For more information on the LUCE Small Ruminant Program contact:
Dr. Jodie Pennington
LUCE Small Ruminant Workshops