2008-12-11 / Local & State

Extension Home Study Courses To Be Offered

By Penn State Extension Office

Are you looking for more information to help make your livestock enterprise more profitable? Penn State Cooperative Extension will be offering three Extension Home Study Courses this winter, beginning February 4, 2009. The purpose of the courses is to teach producers about production principles for beef, sheep or meat goats that will help their operations become more profitable.

All three courses are available through the postal service and the sheep and meat goat courses are available through email/ internet. Each course has six lessons that are to be completed weekly. The lesson topics include basic production information, nutrition, health, reproduction, marketing, and financial issues. Each lesson has information about the topic and a worksheet for producers to complete and mail or email back to the Extension Office for comments. Producers can also submit any questions that they would like answered.

Melanie Barkley, Bedford County Extension Agent, said "Each course is a great way for producers to learn new information without having to rearrange their schedule to accommodate a meeting. Producers can study the lessons at their leisure in their own home." The worksheet questions are designed to ask producers about their current operation so that they can have comments from the instructor to help them improve their management skills.

According to Barkley, more than 900 producers from across the country have taken one or more of the three courses. Comments following the courses show that information contained in the courses is very beneficial and that producers are able to adapt the information for use in their own operations.

For more information you can contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Fulton County at 717-485-4111 or in Bedford County at 814-623-4800. Cost for the course is $40 if taking over e-mail/internet (sheep and meat goat courses only) and $75 if taking through the postal service. Deadline for registration is January 29, 2008.

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