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Small Ruminant Extension

Small Ruminant Extension

2023 University of Florida Ram Test & Sale

We invite you to participate in the 2023 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.

This program is designed to standardize environmental conditions to evaluate individual ram performance, provide a source of high-quality performance-tested rams to producers, offer educational opportunities for the improvement of the industry, and facilitate networking among producers.

Eligible rams must be born between 12/1/22 - 2/15/23 and weaned by 5/1/23.

We encourage you to consider consigning your rams to the 2023 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 22, 2023, to enroll in the program.

Important dates:

  • May 22, 2023 – Pre-registration Deadline
  • June 3, 2023 – Ram delivery/arrival to UF sheep unit
  • June 15, 2023 – Start of 84-day gain test
  • September 7, 2023 – End of 84-day gain test
  • September 30, 2023 – Ram sale (23 days off test until sale)

2023 UF Ram Test Sale

The UF Ram Test Sale will be on September 30, 2023. In conjunction with the sale will be the UF Small Ruminant Short Course beginning on Friday, September 29, 2023. 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 2023 sale will be conducted online through Willoughby Livestock Sales. It will be open for 24 hours, beginning September 29 at 11 AM and closing September 30 at 11 AM

Rams will be eligible for viewing on September 29-30 at the UF/IFAS Horse Teaching Unit, 1934 SW 63rd Ave. Gainesville, FL 32608.

Contact Us

Clay Whitehead
Sheep Unit Manager & Program Coordinator
(904) 796-0441


Brittany Diehl
Clinical Assistant Professor
Small Ruminant Extension Specialist
Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service
(352) 294-4387 

UF Small Ruminant Short Course Beginning Friday, September 29, 2023