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NCSU Small Ruminant
Educational Unit

The Small Ruminant Educational Unit maintains a sheep flock and a meat goat herd for on-going teaching and research at North Carolina State University.  Boer, Kiko, and Kiko-Boer cross goats are used for research trials in the fields of reproductive physiology, nutrition and parasitology. Polled Dorset and Katahdin are the two sheep breeds maintained at the unit. The first Polled Dorset ram, NCSU 402, was developed at this facility.Both sheep and goats are used for teaching and training animal science and professional veterinary students in laboratories. The facility and resident animals are also used by extension personnel for 4-H and producer programs.

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NCSU Small Ruminant
Educational Unit

The Small Ruminant Educational Unit maintains a sheep flock and a meat goat herd for on-going teaching and research at North Carolina State University.  Boer, Kiko, and Kiko-Boer cross goats are used for research trials in the fields of reproductive physiology, nutrition and parasitology. Polled Dorset and Katahdin are the two sheep breeds maintained at the unit. The first Polled Dorset ram, NCSU 402, was developed at this facility.Both sheep and goats are used for teaching and training animal science and professional veterinary students in laboratories. The facility and resident animals are also used by extension personnel for 4-H and producer programs.

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Meet your Extension
Specialist

Dr. Jean-Marie “JM” Luginbuhl, Professor of Crop Science and Animal Science at North Carolina State University, has been leading the Meat Goat and Forage Systems Research and Extension Program since October 1995. In that position, Dr. Luginbuhl is responsible for conducting research with meat goats and to provides statewide leadership in the development of the expanding meat goat industry through training, technology transfer and educational programs designed for cooperative extension agents, farmers and agribusiness professionals. His research program emphasis and goals include developing sustainable forage and browse-based feeding systems for meat goats, using goats as bio-agents to control invasive herbaceous weeds and woody vegetation in pastures, forest land and other areas when grazing alone or in combination with cattle, evaluating the browse potential of fodder tree species in silvopastoral systems for meat goats, and exploring non-pharmaceutical approaches to treating meat goats with traditional anthelmintics. After receiving his Ph.D. degree, Dr. Luginbuhl became a post-doc in Animal Science at NCSU where he co-coordinated the nutrition component of the NCSU-USAID Small Ruminant - Collaborative Research Support Program in Morocco in North West Africa. Following his BS degree, obtained from the Technicum Agricole Suisse in Zollikfen, Switzerland, Dr. Luginbuhl spent four years working with small dairy farmers in the Andean Mountains of Peru, South America, where he was the leader of a collaborative extension project between Caritas Switzerland and the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture. Dr. Luginbuhl is fluent in French, English and Spanish. In case anyone wonders about his accent, he grew up on a mixed crop-livestock farm in a small rural community located near the city of Neuchâtel in the French part of Switzerland.

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Welcome to the NCSU
Meat Goat Website

Welcome to the NCSU Meat Goat Extension website.  On this page you will find publications about goat health, nutrition, reproduction and more.  

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NCSU Goat Artificial
Insemination Course

This 3-day short course is designed to provide participants with both theoretical background and significant opportunity for hands-on practice needed to facilitate the adoption of artificial insemination into their goat breeding programs. With the use of improved transcervical AI breeding techniques for goats, pregnancy rates comparable to those routinely achieved for AI in cattle are now possible. This short course will consist of an initial series of lectures on Monday morning coupled with four hands-on practice sessions (Monday pm, Tuesday am & pm, and Wednesday am). Lecture topics will include anatomy & physiology of the female reproductive tract, estrous & ovulation synchronization, AI breeding techniques (standard and improved), and the use of frozen semen for AI.   NCSU AI Short Course Flyer

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New Book

The Second Edition of the Meat Goat Production Handbook from Langston University has been published and is now available. Click on the link below to see the Table of Contents and to access the Order Form Meat Goat Production Handbook Order Form

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History of the NCSU Meat Goat program

1987-1989   Drs. Jim Green and Paul Mueller from the Department of Crop Science acquired Brush goats (see picture below) primarily for the purpose of evaluating the potential for goats in brush control in MORE »

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NCSU Goat Artificial Insemination CourseMon Aug 10 - Wed Aug 12, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
NCSU Campus, Raleigh NC
— 1 week away
NC State FairThu Oct 15, 2015 @ 3:00 PM -
Sun Oct 25, 2015 @ 11:30 PM Where:
1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607, USA
— 3 months away
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