Birth Management for Sheep and Goats 2024

Jan. 3 - 24, 2024
Online with optional 1 Day Hands-On Experience - Jan. 27, 2024

Are you interested in learning how to improve birth management of your herd or flock?

The MSU Small Ruminant Extension team is offering a 4-part webinar series on birth management that will lead you through a host of topics aimed to improve birth management of sheep and goats. Each weekly session will last approximately 90 min and sessions will be recorded to allow future viewing.

Participants will learn preventative approaches, assessment skills, and treatment procedures. Both novice and veteran producers alike will find this program valuable. Because of the amount and depth of information presented, students have found attending this program more than once to be valuable.

Topics will include: nutritional management, use of ultrasound, facility design, newborn care, hypothermia treatment, grafting, vaccination protocols, mortality diagnoses, health and feeding program assessment.

Each session will feature seminars, specialized instructional videos and question and answer sessions with an expert panel to cover each of these topics (live sessions are 7-9 p.m. ET each Wednesday evening):
  • Jan 3: Webinar - Nutritional management to optimize birth outcomes in sheep and goats.
  • Jan 10: Webinar - Optimizing maternal and newborn health: parasite control, vaccination schedules, treating complications at birth, providing a healthy environment.
  • Jan 17: Webinar - The normal birth process, birth assistance and newborn care.
  • Jan 24: Webinar - Identifying challenges on your farm and creating an improvement plan addressing health management, nutrition and facility improvements.
  • Jan 27: OPTIONAL: Hands on Experience - 1-4 p.m. - MSU Sheep Teaching and Research Center, 3885 Hagadorn Rd., Okemos, MI 48864
    • A late registration option is also available if you wish to sign up at a later date as well.
    • The program will have light refreshments available.
  • Richard Ehrhardt Ph.D., senior extension specialist
  • Mike Metzger M.S., extension educator
  • Erin Recktenwald Ph.D., extension and research associate


  • Before Dec. 20: $40/farm or family and includes a 90+ page manual, a laminated lamb hypothermia/starvation treatment poster and access to all recorded sessions
  • Starting Dec. 21: $60/farm or family and includes a 90+ page manual, a laminated lamb hypothermia/starvation treatment poster and access to all recorded sessions
  • Additional members of the same farm/ family may receive additional manuals and posters for $20 per set.
  • The optional hands-on program is $10 per person.
  • Materials will be mailed after the first class. Participants outside the United States will be charged additional postage.

No refunds for cancellations after Dec. 20, 2023.
The first mailing of materials will go out after the first class. Registrations after Dec. 20 will be included in a second mailing toward the end of class.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Mike Metzger at 517-788-4292 or