The Small Ruminant Toolbox

Linda Coffey, Margo Hale | 2014

Sheep and goat enterprises offer diversification opportunities for small and limited-resource farmers. This Small Ruminant Toolbox was developed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) 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.

All Toolbox materials can be downloaded from this page.

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All Toolbox materials are available on a USB flash drive for sale through NCAT. Contact or call 1 (800) 346-9140 for current pricing.

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Contents and Instructions

How to Use the Toolbox

Toolbox materials can be used for presentations, trainings and self-study by both producers and educators. Presentations can be used in their entirety or can be modified to fit the presenter’s experience or topic, with the following exception: Please do not modify slides from the Tennessee Master Meat Goat Producer Program.

The “Building a Workshop” presentation is not specific to sheep and goat production. It can give reminders to anyone planning to host a workshop on any subject, and can be used to trigger discussion during in-service trainings for agents as well.

ATTRA materials that are part of this Toolbox can be downloaded from this page. Hard copies are available by calling 1 (800) 346-9140, by accessing the livestock section of the ATTRA website, or by printing from the PDF of the Small Ruminant Resource Manual. The entire Toolbox is also available at

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

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PowerPoint Presentations

ATTRA Publications

PowerPoint Library

NCAT Toolbox Presentations

NCAT toolbox presentation

Use freely as needed; please give NCAT credit. A description of each presentation is here.

Presentations created by Susan Schoenian

Use as needed; please credit Susan. A description of each presentation is here.

Additional presentations are available at

Tennessee Master Meat Goat Producers Program

The Tennessee Master Meat Goat Producers Program is generously shared here by Dr. An Peischel. It consists of two main components: a large manual and a number of PowerPoint presentations. These complement each other.


The chapters of the manual correspond to the chapters noted on the PowerPoint presentations; look in the manual for expanded information to supplement the presentations. The contents of the manual are listed in the same document as the presentation list (below). This manual includes information on topics not included in the NCAT manual, and NCAT is pleased to be able to provide it to you here.

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Tennessee Master Meat Goat Producers

DO NOT MODIFY; use as needed, please give credit. Listed below are chapters as the presentation is named, and the title of the presentation. These presentations may be used in their entirety, and may be shared as a tutorial; they may not be modified.

A description of each presentation is here.

The chapters of the manual correspond to the chapters noted on the PowerPoint presentations; look in the manual for expanded information to supplement the presentations.

Small Ruminant Resource Manual

small ruminant resource manual

At 978 pages, the Small Ruminant Resource Manual is a very large PDF. It’s best to open and view the Manual with Adobe Reader, version 6 or later. 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 1 (800) 346-9140 or online at

Sheep and Goat FAQ

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about sheep and goat production, with general answers and resources for additional information. Educators will find it helpful to maintain a list of additional information to assist local producers.

Additional Resources


Additional educational resources include:



Other Resources

  • FAMACHA is an easy-to-use diagnostic tool for identifying parasite infections in sheep and goats.
  • for a comprehensive collection of articles to help with any question you may have.
  • The sheep and goat communities of practice on
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

Funding Support:

This Toolbox was developed with funding from a Southern SARE Professional Development Program grant, with further funding support from SARE Outreach. 

Want more information? See the related SARE grant:

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.