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 a predictability of performance that provides the cornerstone for 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/herd health and management programs further ensure the quality and use of genetic material for global small ruminant production