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Small Ruminant Extension

Small Ruminant Extension

2024 UF Ram Test & Sale

We invite you to participate in the 2024 University of Florida Ram Test and Sale. We are very excited to continue this unique program and to work with sheep producers to quantify the desirable qualities of their rams. We hope that this program will provide value to your operation. The ram test will be conducted from May to August, with the ram test sale following the end of the test. This program will run alongside the NEW UF Buck Test and Sale.

RAM TEST

This Ram Test program is designed to standardize environmental conditions to evaluate and quantify individual ram performance in the harsh southeastern US, with a primary emphasis on natural parasite resistance and growth.

Registered and commercial rams are eligible for the test. Rams must be born between 12/1/23 and 2/15/24 and weaned by 5/1/24 to participate.

We encourage you to consider consigning your rams to the UF Ram Test and Sale. Please contact us for further information or to consign animals to this program. Rams must be pre-registered by May 6, 2024, to enroll in the program.

Important dates:

  • March 18, 2024 8:00am – Online Registration Portal Opens
  • May 6, 2024 – Pre-registration Deadline
  • May 18, 2024 – Ram delivery/arrival to UF sheep unit
  • May 30, 2024 – Start of 84-day gain test
  • August 22, 2024 – End of 84-day gain test
  • September 20-21, 2024 – Ram sale (online via Willoughby Livestock Sales)

Registration will open at 8 AM Monday, March 18, 2024. See button below. 

Ram Test 2024 Registration has closed. 

  • 2024 Ram Test Data Collection

    Data will be collected on June 6 & 20, July 3 & 18, and August 1 & 15

    Download the Excel sheet below to view this data as it is collected.

    2024 Ram Test Data

Contact Us

Clay Whitehead
Sheep Unit Manager & Program Coordinator
(904) 796-0441
jacobcwhitehead@ufl.edu

Brittany Diehl
Clinical Assistant Professor
Small Ruminant Extension Specialist
Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service
(352) 294-4387
bn.diehl@ufl.edu 

 


2024 UF Ram Test Sale

The UF Ram Test Sale and Buck Test Sale will be on September 21, 2024. In conjunction with the sales will be the UF Small Ruminant Short Course beginning on Friday, September 20, 2024. Producers, extension specialists, researchers, students, and allied industry members are invited to attend this educational event.

Attending the Small Ruminant Short Course is not required to come to the sale.

Sale Format

The 2024 sale will be conducted online through Willoughby Livestock Sales. It will be open for 24 hours, beginning September 20 at 11 AM and closing September 21 at 11 AM

Rams and Bucks will be eligible for viewing on September 20-21 at the UF/IFAS Horse Teaching Unit, 1934 SW 63rd Ave. Gainesville, FL 32608.

UF Small Ruminant Short Course Beginning Friday, September 20, 2024