Farming and Homesteading Workshops
Workshop registration 

 

WS 216 FAMACHA Training

Friday 9:00 AM - Noon

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $65

Instructor: Dr. Charles Estill

FAMACHA is a diagnostic tool to help you identify parasite infection in small ruminants, such as sheep and goats. The tool is a chart that matches eyelid color to anemia levels, an indicator of parasite infection. This type of diagnosis allows farmers to target treatment only to infected animals, which in some systems has reduced use of deworming agents by 90 percent. Not only do farmers save money, they significantly reduce the likelihood of causing parasites to become resistant to dewormers. During this training you will also become familiar with the common internal parasites and their life cycles, dewormer resistance issues and management options.  The FAMACHA training provided in this workshop is only available in-person through certified veterinarians..

Materials Provided:

Students will receive FAMACHA Training materials and the FAMACHA certification card. 

Students should bring:

Smart Phone or Tablet/Laptop in order to view training slides/materials online during training.

 

WS 226 Sheep and Goat Fecal Egg Count Testing

Friday 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM

Level: All welcome  ·  Cost: $60

Instructor: Kristi Kistner

A significant part of producing excellent fiber is related to animal health. This workshop will compliment the FAMACHA Training workshop and provide background information on sheep and goat internal parasites, a demonstration on how to perform Fecal Egg Count (FEC) Testing, training in how to collect fecal samples, and time for students to perform FEC Testing with collected samples. All materials to perform the testing will be provided during the workshop. Electronic handouts will include a FEC test procedure and equipment list, training images for parasite identification, and additional information on parasite monitoring and control. Information on purchasing FEC test materials and equipment will be provided to students before and during the workshop.

Materials Provided:

Students will receive electronic handouts, to include a FEC test procedure and equipment list, training images for parasite identification, and additional information on parasite monitoring and control. Testing supplies (puppy pee pad, disposable gloves, syringe, pipettes, tongue depressors, sharpie marker, flotation solution, plastic tumblers) will also be provided.

Students should bring:

Smart Phone or Tablet/Laptop in order to view training slides/materials online during training.

 

WS 246 Goat Milk Cheese Making

Saturday 9:00 AM- Noon

Level: Beginner ·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Tammi Paul

This class will get participants ready to make their first batch of goat cheese and inspire others to try new cheeses! We will cover best practices such as sourcing goat milk, handling and storing milk, tools and supplies needed to make both soft cheese and hard cheeses, using cheese cultures, reference books, recipes, and more! Class participants will see a variety of tools needed for specific types of cheese and we will discuss how to source items from local suppliers or upsource items that are already available in most homes.

Materials Provided:

Handouts, recipes, hands on demonstration

Students should bring:

Pencil and perhaps a notebook.


 

WS 256 Goat Milk Soap Making

Saturday 1:30 PM-4:30PM

Level: Beginner·  Cost: $60

Instructor: Tammi Paul 

Goat milk soap is fun to make and great for your skin! This workshop will be a combination of demonstration and hands-on fun! We will make goat milk soap using a basic recipe and then discuss how participants can build on the recipe to add herbs, textures, and designs. Learn the benefits of using fresh goat milk in soap, where to go for soap making supplies, how to add herbs and other delights to soap recipes, and how to mold, cure, and age your handmade soap. Each participant will take home a lovely bar of finished soap. An emphasis of this workshop is to use ingredients that are natural and available locally.

 

Materials Provided:

Handouts, instructions, recipes, and a bar of finished soap to take home.

 

Students should bring:

Pencil and perhaps a notebook.