Date(s) - 03/30/2019
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Blue Rock Station

The sun is out, the goats are sitting in the shade – and we’re inviting you to join us to learn more about goat keeping.

Goat keeping is a growing trend in both urban and rural areas, and we’re receiving a growing number of inquiries about how to take care of goats naturally.  Folks who want to become goat keepers seem to be at a loss as to where they can learn first hand the basics that will help them to gain confidence in maintaining the health of a goat, milking, trimming hooves and more.  And if they have an interest in naturally healthy goats where can they learn how to avoid some needlessly costly vet services?

For all of these reasons and more, a few times a year we hold our own goat college.  Our goal is to provide the opportunity to learn what to look for when purchasing a goat, basic natural goat health care, hoof trimming and how to make a simple cheese.  We’re inviting you to explore the world of goats for the afternoon and to not just learn more about goat herding, but to meet several goats from Blue Rock Station.

What you’ll gain from your time at BRS Goat College: You’ll work directly with the goat herd.  Annie will provide an overview of her philosophy for keeping goats, touching on what to look for when starting your herd, natural goat health, simple remedies for common health challenges, herbal parasite control and the general make-up of a healthy animal.  She will demonstrate hoof trimming since it is a major part of goat health. There will be lots of opportunity for asking questions and gaining confidence around goats.

Gaining confidence when working with goats is an important skill so time will also be spent instructing on the psychology of goat herds, and how to select the right goat.

All workshop participants will receive an eBook version of Annie Warmke’s, The Business of Goat Herding.

The Half-Day Course:

During this session we will discuss how to manage the herd, how to keep the farmyard parasite free, the social dynamics within the herd and the various routines that will keep your herd healthy and happy.  Birthing videos and emergency strategies are discussed in a different workshop.

Dates for the half-day session (1 pm to 5 pm)

  • March 30th – Goat College (special Birthing edition) – at Blue Rock Station
  • April 27th – Goat College – at Blue Rock Station


Come prepared to get dirty.  The barnyard is likely to be quite muddy so you’ll want to wear boots.  Feel free to take all of the photos or video that you like.


The class fee is $75 for the first person in your group and $55 for each additional family member.  The fee includes the eBook version of The Business of Goat Herding. Only people above age 14 please.  Class size is limited to 10 students, so register early.

First registration ($75 for workshop and book)*

Additional registrations: ($55 for each additional person)

(*by registering, you agree to the terms outlined in the Waiver of Liability)

Annie with Louie

THE INSTRUCTOR:  Annie Warmke is a farmer and writer, and the instructor for the BRS Goat School.  She has been teaching natural goat health for the past four years and is the author of the The Business of Goat Herding, available through Blue Rock Station’s website, and Hoegger Goat Supply.  She is a graduate of Ohio University and co-owns (with her husband, Jay) Blue Rock Station, a sustainable living center located in southeast Ohio.

Goat College 101 – Special Birthing Class