The recently started UF Vet Med Small Ruminant Extension Program is an initiative promoted by the department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences as a response to the needs of Florida’s small ruminant stakeholders.
The program focuses on developing and disseminating research and education material relevant to maintaining and improving sheep and goat health, production, and welfare and promoting cooperation and collaboration between different segments of industry stakeholders. The goal of this extension program is to adapt education and outreach efforts to the dynamic challenges and the diverse production systems in Florida, to promote the sheep and goat industry in the state.
UF Sheep and Goat Projects and Events
The 1st annual Small Ruminant Short Course will be held September 16-17, 2022. Producers, extension specialists, researchers, students, and allied industry members are welcome to attend this in-person, educational event. The program will include lectures on parasite control, herd health programming, marketing, management, and more. Susan Schoenian, Sheep & Goat Specialist at the University of Maryland, will be bringing industry expertise as the featured speaker. Research updates will be provided by UF/IFAS Small Ruminant Faculty and Staff. The event will be held in conjunction with the 2022 University of Florida Ram Test and Sale. The sale will be conducted at 1:00 pm, immediately following Saturday’s program. UF/IFAS – CVM Small Ruminant Extension is looking forward to seeing you in September!
The UF/IFAS Extension Central Florida Livestock Agent’s Group (CFLAG) invites you to participate in the 2022 Small Ruminant Production Conference. This year we will focus on herd health, and a big part of the program will be dedicated to biosecurity and vaccination protocols.
Carcass ultrasound in sheep production can contribute to the advancement of the sheep industry through the determination of carcass traits. In this course you will learn how to ultrasound three important carcass traits: loin eye area, loin depth, and rib fat. These traits are highly inheritable and therefore, important when selecting breeding stock. Participants will have the opportunity to become a “certified scanner” for the Industry National Sheep Improvement Program.
Our inaugural 2021 University of Florida Ram Test and Sale has been up and running. We received 45 rams from several consigners and a variety of breeds.
Our Sale date is approaching and we want to make sure you are all invited. Individual ram performance will be evaluated to 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.
Are you interested in learning more about sheep and goat production systems and market potential in Florida? So are we! In an effort to better understand this industry and to better assist our producers, we are developing a series of surveys to 1) assess production characteristics and main challenges; 2) evaluate slaughtering and capacity and cost; and 3) understand consumer needs and perceptions about lamb and goat meat. If you are a sheep or goat producer in Florida, please give us 15 minutes of your time to help us with this project.
We invite you to participate in the inaugural 2021 University of Florida Ram Test and Sale. We are very excited to initiate 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 in order 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.
We encourage you to consider consigning your rams to the 2021 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 1, 2021 in order to be enrolled in the program.
JUNE 15 – 17, 2021
2 PM – 4 PM
by UF/IFAS Extension Central Florida Livestock Agents Group
Farm Biosecurity considerations
Strategic use of forages to improve herd/flock nutrition
Approaches to gastrointestinal parasite management
Selecting the right breeders
Preparing for the breeding season