CSU, Chico

College of Ag Hosts Annual Sheep and Goat Day

College of Ag Hosts Annual Sheep and Goat Day

The California State University, Chico College of Agriculture held its annual Sheep and Goat Day and Sale on Feb. 13 at the University Farm, located on Hegan Lane. About 800 people attended the event, which began at 9 a.m. and included a trade show, educational workshops and a live sale of project sheep and goats. 

Twenty-four livestock producers consigned lambs and goats to the sale, including the CSU, Chico Sheep and Goat Unit. Vendors in attendance included Shaul’s Manufacturing, Glamb Jams, Jane’s Country Creations, Bar Ale Feed and the Shire Farm Shoppe.

Topics for the educational workshops included livestock nutrition, fitting and grooming, pregnancy checking via ultrasound and sausage making. Workshops were led by College of Agriculture students as well as CSU, Chico faculty.

“The annual sheep and goat day strives each year to provide educational expertise that showcases traditional and new ideas for youth,” said Celina Phillips, the sheep and goat unit faculty supervisor. “This year was no exception to any of our other successful years and we are very happy with the attendance and outcome of the event.”

Participants in the sheep and goat selection workshops determined the sale order by evaluating and placing the animals. The top eight sheep and top eight goats were sold first. There were a total of 61 consignments with a record-setting gross of $31,500, with a sale average of $512. The high-selling lamb was consigned by AA Cover Show Lambs at $1,650 with many other lambs selling for over $500.

For more information, contact Celina Phillips at crphillips@csuchico.edu