2018 Cornell Sheep & Goat Symposium
October 12th thru 14th, 2018

2018 Symposium Schedule
2018 Symposium Workshop Descriptions
2018 Registration Form


  • Hands-on Activities and Lectures Friday, Oct 12th 2 pm – 6:00 pm
  • 2018 Cornell Sheep & Goat Symposium Saturday, Oct 13th 7:45 am – 5:30 pm
  • National Sheep Improvement Genetic Program & Parasite Workshops w/FAMACHA certification, Sunday Oct 14th 9 am – 2:30 pm
  • Morrison Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 (GPS address: 507 Tower Rd, Ithaca, NY)

On Friday, Oct 12th the symposium starts off with hands on activities for new and experienced goat and sheep raisers starting at 2 pm. Registration will take place in the lobby of Morrison Hall followed by short walks to the Livestock Pavilion for newbies and the Teaching Barn for experienced farmers. Farmers at the pavilion will rotate through four structured stations practicing important livestock skills under the guidance of trained professionals. Meanwhile, Dr. Mary Smith, DVM will teach a hands-on field necropsy workshop at the Teaching Barn aimed at more experienced goat and sheep raisers. Participation in the field necropsy workshop is limited to one member per farm. Advance sign up is required and space is limited. We will then return to Morrison Hall or the Cornell Vet School for three workshop options from 4 to 6 pm. Some walking may be required to get to these activities. Therefore, please notify us in advance if you will require transportation.

Saturday’s lineup also includes both hands-on events and formal presentations. The hands-on events for new farmers will be a repeat of Friday’s activities but with less structure and with Cornell students assisting. A short description of each workshop and activity is available online. Hands-on activities that require prior sign up to insure a space are noted in the Symposium Schedule and registration forms.

A Goat & Sheep Integrated Parasite Management workshop will be held on Sunday that includes FAMACHA certification.  Other Sunday workshops include a hands-on workshop to learn how to identify and count the different parasite eggs in feces and a workshop on enrolling a herd or flock in the National Sheep Improvement Program’s Genetic Evaluations. 

Parking: Parking is free at Cornell in most lots on Saturday and Sunday.  However, parking is not free until after 5 pm on Friday. Therefore, you will need to pay for parking if attending on Friday. If you have a smart phone, you can download ParkMobile app (www.parkmobile.com) to park either in the C/G/SC lot (PM Zone 4122) at the east entrance of Morrison Hall (for $1.50/hr. or $10/day) or in the TRB lot (PM Zone 4108) next to the Teaching Barn on Campus Rd (for $0.75/hr or $6/day). Another option is to purchase a 4-hr flex pass for $6.00 (credit cards only) at the parking booth at 360 Tower Rd for the “South Morrison” parking lot (east side of Judd Falls Rd south of the intersection with Campus Rd).  More information about parking at Cornell can be found at https://www.cornell.edu/visit/parking/.

Lodging: We have blocked rooms at the Clarion Inn (phone: 607-257-3100, 2310 N. Triphammer Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850) on Oct 12th and 13th for $129.99/night and at the Best Western (phone; 607-272-6100, 1020 Ellis Hollow Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850) for $159.99/night.  Reservations must be made prior to October 1st; specify “Sheep Goat Symposium” to get this rate.  Additional options for lodging in Ithaca can be found at https://www.visitithaca.com/lodging . Keep in mind that rental cabins and tent camping are still available in the Ithaca area in early October. Reservations for cabins and tent sites at the State Park Campgrounds (Treman, Buttermilk and Taughannack) need to be made through Reserve America at 1-800-456-2267 or https://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com/. You can also check out hotels in Cortland, NY.

Please contact Barbara Jones, 607-255-7712 or bjj6@cornell.edu with any questions.

2018 Symposium Schedule
2018 Symposium Workshop Descriptions
2018 Registration Form



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  • ASI Sheep Care Guide
  • Sheep & Goat Research Journal
  • Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep: Breeds, Care, Facilities (search for this on-line)
  • The Sheep Book (by Ron Parker) (search for this on-line)


Michael L. Thonney, Professor
Director, Cornell Sheep Program and Graduate Field of Animal Science
114 Morrison Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4801

Dan L. Brown, Associate Professor
Nutritional Toxicologist
320 Morrison Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4801

tatiana L. Stanton, Extension Associate
Goat Specialist
114 Morrison Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4801

Niko Kochendoerfer, PhD Student and Graduate Assistant
110 Morrison Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4801

Cornell Cooperative Extension Field Educators (posted on Mike Baker's Beef Cattle web site)

Interns, Students, and Volunteers

Major revision: October 2015
Please contact Mike Thonney at mlt2@cornell.edu if you can't find something from the previous version.
Copyright © 2015 Michael L. Thonney

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