All in person workshops around the state have been postponed until the further notice. Please look for our virtual workshops and webinars starting in April.  

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VSU’s small ruminant program has designed and built a mobile processing unit as a resource to the state’s sheep and goat producers. To be able to utilize this resource, producers/clientele will need to complete a 5-module certification program. Only certified users will be able to process their sheep and goats on the MPU. Modules will include MPU design and usage, sheep and goat harvesting and carcass fabrication, regulations (state and federal), marketing your products and hands-on training on operating the MPU and all steps that should be taken to ensure everything is running and functional before processing, during processing, carcass cooling/hanging and fabrication.

4 MODULES ONLINE 9AM – 12PM:

  • August 28

  • September 11

  • September 18

  • September 25

*1 HANDS-ON MODULE 9AM – 3PM:

  • October 9-10

  • November 6-7

  • December 4-5

*Two days required onsite – Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road

A Certificate of Competence would be awarded upon completion of assignment(s), passage of quiz and butchering and fabrication skills.

$100 PROGRAM FEE

For more information, contact Tina Cabrera at (804) 524-6971 or tcabrera@vsu.edu.