Healthy Small Ruminants
February 27, 2020  |  10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  |  La Crosse, Wis.



Gianaclis Caldwell, Pholia Farm Goat Dairy



  • Small ruminant anatomy and physiology
  • Goat genetic selection
  • Herd management including best husbandry practices, grazing, parasite control, and culling
  • Health intercession measures
  • Information about sheep as well



Learn the principles of small ruminant health from Gianaclis Caldwell, author of Holistic Goat Care (which you will receive a complimentary copy of with this class) and the Small-Scale Dairy. She’ll explain how small ruminants developed from their wild ancestors to today’s working farm animals and how you can use that knowledge to meet your animals’ primal needs for a high-functioning, healthy, and more profitable herd or flock. Her practical approach will cover not only how to manage your animals’ nutritional, physical, and psychological needs, but also how to mimic the genetic strengths of natural selection as you develop your herd.

Gianaclis will help you understand small ruminant anatomy and physiology so you can care for your livestock. She’ll discuss feeders and fencing, pastures and paddocks, parasite issues and control methods, and culling options. She’ll also provide an in-depth look at health intercession measures, and much more.


About the Presenter:

Gianaclis Caldwell
Gianaclis is the author of six books, covering cheese making, milk fermentation, dairying, and goat health. She manages the family farm, Pholia, in southern Oregon. Pholia is an off-grid farm and known for its raw milk cheeses until 2016. The farm continues to provide milk for local cheese-makers, host farm-stays, as well as teach classes on cheese making and goat care.





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