Ideas requested for discussion series for sheep and goat farmers hosted by UMaine Extension

Windsor, Maine — University of Maine Cooperative Extension is holding an in-person discussion session for small ruminant farmers on June 1 at 4:30 following the Maine Fiber Frolic at Windsor Fairgrounds, 82 Ridge Rd., Windsor. The purpose of the session is to identify themes for a series of public roundtable discussions to be held this summer for small ruminant farmers, managers, veterinarians and service providers.

The Maine Small Ruminant Roundtable is a new community-driven group where members select topics for informed discussions on animal management practices, challenges and needs, facilitated by UMaine Extension and experts in the field. The roundtable discussions are aimed at farmers who work with wool, meat or dairy animals. Organizers plan to hold in-person roundtables, some in-person and some virtual, every 2 to 3 months with the locations determined by the initial group discussions.

Registration is required on the event webpage for the in-person session on June 1. Free entrance after 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Sue Baez at 207.667.8212 or

Interested parties may also register on the program webpage to be notified about upcoming Small Ruminant Roundtable events and community networking opportunities.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

As a trusted resource for over 100 years, Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. Extension seeks to build thriving communities and grow the food-based economy, focusing on aspects from production and processing to nutrition, food safety and food security. Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H which offers hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and civic engagement and creates a positive environment where participants are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.