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.
Dr. Catalina Cabrera joined the UF college of Veterinary Medicine in 2020 as a clinician in the Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service and as the Small Ruminant Extension Specialist. She serves as the liaison between the University of Florida’s faculty, the county agents and the sheep and goat stakeholders. Her interests are preventive medicine and reproduction.
UF Sheep and Goat Projects
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 perception 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.
A second component of this project will reinstitute the sire test at the University of Florida, to evaluate our commercial herd’s genetics especially for performance and gastrointestinal parasites resistance. This phase will start in the spring 2021, and we will be contacting producers who are interested in learning more about their herd’s genetics. Producers can bring their rams to be part of the test or visit the sale at the end of the test to buy the best performing animals. More information to come! stay tunned