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Small Ruminant Extension

Small Ruminant Extension

Sheep And Goats

Welcome to the University of Florida Small Ruminant page. This page provides small ruminant producers and enthusiasts with the latest research findings on management practices, nutritional requirements, health, and reproductive practices of small ruminants.

Both goats and sheep are among the first animals domesticated by humans and are most consumed than any other animals worldwide. In addition, sheep and goats are multipurpose livestock species, as they are raised for meat, fiber, skins, and milk.

Even though small ruminants’ meat and dairy products consumption is not as popular in the United States, the number of small ruminant producers in the United States is rising due to the increasing interest from consumers for alternative products and new taste experiences. Also, there is a great rise in the production of small ruminant products to meet the demand from immigrants, who prefer sheep or goat products over beef, poultry, and pork. These increases in demand are generating great interest from producers to improve management practices and increase their knowledge in health, management, nutritional requirements, and reproductive practices. The goal of the University of Florida's small ruminant team is to help the further development and growth of the small ruminant industry in the United States.

Upcoming Event 2024 FL Panhandle Small Ruminant Nutrition Conference

Sheep & Goat Industry Development Project

An interdisciplinary effort aimed to evaluate the challenges and potentials of the sheep and goat industry in Florida.

 

 

Dr. Diehl giving presentation

Small Ruminant Short Course

September 20-21, 2024

The Small Ruminant Short Course includes lectures and demonstrations from industry experts and UF faculty members. Producers, extension specialists and agents, researchers, students, and allied industry members are welcome to attend this in-person, educational event. 

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Ram Test
& Sale

Test: May 30, 2024 - August 22, 2024
Sale: September 20-21, 2024

The primary goal of the ram test is to help identify superior rams who can perform in the harsh Florida summer climate. This
performance test is open to producers nationwide. The top-performing rams will be offered at an online auction following the test.

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Buck Test
& Sale

Test: June 6, 2024 - August 29, 2024
Sale: September 20-21, 2024

NEW: The primary goal of the buck test is to help identify superior bucks who can perform in the harsh Florida summer climate. This performance test is open to producers nationwide. The top-performing bucks will be offered at an online auction following the test.

 

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Producer Directory

Join the UF Veterinary Extension Florida Sheep and Goat directory

 

 

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