Small Ruminant Toolbox

Toolbox for Small Ruminant Educators Building on the Small Ruminant Resource Manual

Sheep and goat enterprises offer diversification opportunities for small and limited-resource farmers. This Small Ruminant Toolbox was developed in order to provide a collection of information for small ruminant producers and educators. The Small Ruminant Toolbox includes many publications, presentations, and other resources that will be helpful to small ruminant producers. These include annotated presentations from NCAT, several informative presentations shared by Susan Schoenian of University of Maryland Extension, and the entire course for the Tennessee Master Meat Goat Producer Program. We appreciate our collaborators sharing their expertise.


Funding source for project: USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
Lead Organization: National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
Project Leaders: Linda Coffey and Margo Hale, NCAT Agriculture Specialists

A thumbdrive

Get the Small Ruminant Toolbox to go! This collection is also available on a USB flash drive. It’s easily portable and all the content is readily available even when you don’t have internet access.

Price: $6.50 each (plus $3 shipping & handling)
Contact or call 1-800-346-9140 for information on bulk pricing.

Contents and Instructions

sheep grazing

How to Use the Toolbox

ATTRA materials may be browsed and then ordered by calling 800-346-9140, by accessing the livestock section of the ATTRA website, or by printing from the PDF Small Ruminant Resource Manual. Be careful; the Manual is very large (56MB) and you need to select only the pages you want to print. You will find page numbers in the Table of Contents document in that section of the website. It’s best to open and view the Manual with Adobe Reader. If you don’t have it, the program is available for free, here: Materials are also available at

Materials may also be used during trainings, with the following stipulations: please do not alter or clip the Tennessee materials. You are welcome to show presentations in their entirety or use them for self-study.

Having presentations available may encourage those producers who want to present a topic, but do not want to create a presentation. They may choose slides and modify to fit their experience (except as stated before; do not modify slides from the Tennessee Master Meat Goat Producer Program). Producers make great teachers, and perhaps these materials will expand the list of available trainers in your area.

These materials may also serve as a tutorial for producers or for educators who want to learn more about a topic. The “Building a Workshop” presentation can give reminders to anyone planning to host a workshop on any subject; it can be used to trigger discussion during in-service trainings for agents as well. It is not specific to sheep and goat producer education.

Many topics are not covered in this Toolbox. Some topics are covered in multiple presentations. Use what is useful to you, and please give feedback to the project leader, Linda Coffey at

Especially for Agents

Powerpoint Library

Teaching about Ruminants

Small Ruminant Resource Manual

NCAT Manual coverAt 978 pages, the Small Ruminant Resource Manual is a very large PDF. (56MB) It’s best to open and view the Manual with Abobe Reader. If you don’t have it, the program is available for free, here: It is navigated with bookmarks and arranged by chapters. Click on the “+” sign beside chapter name to show all the articles within the chapter; then click on the article title to jump directly to that article. Each chapter opens with a list of contents and closes with a list of additional resources. Page numbers of the PDF are provided beside each title in the table of contents to assist you in finding and printing a particular article. ATTRA publications are also available by calling 800-346-9140 or by using the site search function to find the publication you’re looking for.

Sheep and Goat FAQ

A sheep barnHere is a collection of some of the most commonly asked questions about sheep and goat production. We’ve provided general answers and resources for additional information. Educators will find it helpful to maintain a list of additional information to assist producers in their location.

Further Information

A goat

In addition to the Small Ruminant Resource Manual provided in this Toolbox, see:


Project Leaders:
Linda Coffey and Margo Hale
PO Box 3657
Fayetteville AR 72702
479-442-9824 and

Collaborating Partners:
Dr. An Peischel, Tennessee State University and University of Tennessee
Dr. Will R. Getz, Fort Valley State University
Dr. Steve Hart, Langston University
Dr. Dianne Hellwig, Kentucky
Dr. Ken Andries, Kentucky State University
Dr. Steve Jones, University of Arkansas
Susan Schoenian, Maryland Cooperative Extension Service