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Susan Schoenian, Sheep & Goat Specialist

Extension educational programs for sheep and goat producers in Maryland are coordinated by Susan Schoenian, Sheep and Goat Specialist, at the Western Maryland Research & Education Center.  Susan holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from Virginia Tech and Montana State University, respectively. She has been with University of Maryland Extension since 1988.

Currently, Susan is a member of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control, American Sheep Industry Association’s Production, Education, and Research Council, Productivity Improvement Team of the Lamb Industry Roadmap project, NSIP Relaunch committee, and two multi-state research committees that focus on small ruminant production:  SCC081 (Sustainable Small Ruminant Production in the Southeastern U.S.) and NCERA214 (Increased Efficiency of Sheep Production).

Her presentation “10 Things Every Goat Owner Should Know” was part of a webinar hosted by the American Goat Federation.


Charlotte “Chuckie” Heim, BSC Animal Nutrition Instructor

Chuckie is a seasoned animal nutrition instructor, using field trips and hands-on activities as much as possible. For the past several years she’s taught a section on caprine nutrition which included a trip to a nearby dairy goat farm and an opportunity for students to evaluate body condition and make recommendations on rations appropriate for the age and production level of the animal. This was supplemented by an experiment where the diets for milking does was changed with production measured before and after the change.

Part of her presentation includes results from sampling forages available in the local area.

Richard “Rick” Schmidt, NDSU Extension Agent, Oliver County

An agent since 1993, Rick Schmidt combines his education with practical experience running his own cattle, sheep and farming operation. He’s hosted pasture walks and crop tours to help others learn innovative methods of grazing livestock.

Rick believes strongly in youth programs and getting young people involved in leadership and agriculture early. He’s coached more than twenty-five teams to state championships and often places high in national competitions. In 2014, he coached the first place team at the National Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma City, OK. He’s had teams compete in that national contest in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.



Amanda Long, Animal Science Master’s Student at North Dakota State University


Amanda’s research is a dual-project focusing on the effect of flaxseed supplementation on both conception in ewes and semen quality in rams at the Hettinger Research Extension Center in Hettinger, ND. Amanda is from Brodhead, WI and runs a small herd of registered Saanen dairy goats at her home farm. The farm is a self-starter and emphasizing genetics and nutrition. Amanda has written articles for the DGA newsletter: “Goat Prints.”