SMALL RUMINANTS

When it comes to quality seedstock, the United States is a leader.  Breeders of small ruminants such as sheep and goats have a long and progressive tradition of dedication to excellence and pride of accomplishment.  The results have been predictability of performance that provides the cornerstone of a highly productive industry.

  • U.S.small ruminant breeds provide a diverse range of performance for growth, carcass merit, reproduction, milk and wool characteristics. 
  • This genetic variability can be used to optimize production under varying climatic conditions, nutritional environments and management systems.
  • New technologies have enhanced breed improvement and extended the availability of small ruminant genetics to producers anywhere in the world.
  • Flock health and management programs further ensure the quality and use of genetic material for global small ruminant production.

U.S.SHEEP MEAT BREEDS THAT POSSESS EXCELLENT GROWTH AND CARCASS MERIT    

Columbia

www.columbiasheep.org

Hampshire

www.hampshires.com

Suffolk

www.u-s-s-a.org

U.S.SHEEP HAIR BREEDS THAT ARE WOOLLESS AND ESPECIALLY ADAPTED TO SPECIFIC CLIMATIC CONDITIONS  

Katahdin       

www.khsi.org

Dorper

www.dorperamerica.org

U.S.DAIRY GOAT BREEDS

For the latest information on dairy goat breeds, visit the American Dairy Goat Association’s Web site at www.adga.org.

U.S.MEAT GOAT BREEDS

Many experts throughout the world consider the Boer goat to be the premier goat-meat producing breed.  Three selection criteria have contributed to this recognition: large form size, high carcass yield grades and uniform visual appearance.

Boer

www.abga.org

 

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