Small Ruminant Research

Annual Ram Test

Beginning in 2021, our group, in collaboration with the Animal Sciences department, started an annual performance test in rams consigned by producers. We evaluate growth performance and resistance to gastrointestinal parasites during an 84-day period. Data is analyzed to identify potential phenotypic evidence of genetics associated with parasite resistance, daily gain weight, and carcass quality

 rams on pasture

Can choline feeding during the breeding period improve the performance of sheep and the resultant lambs?

This ongoing project is in collaboration with Dr. Peter Hansen’s lab within the UF Animal Sciences department. This project was performed initially in beef cattle to evaluate choline’s effects on embryogenesis and the resultant offspring with relation to growth and performance parameters. Currently, through this project we are evaluating if there are similar outcomes in sheep.

Sheep with lamb

Seasonality in Florida Native Sheep

The Florida Native sheep (FNS) is recognized primarily due to their natural adaptation to harsh parasitic and environmental conditions. The aim of this research is to establish FNS female and male reproductive seasonality and age to puberty to improve production and management practices as well as contribute to long-term genetic improvement and preservation of the FNS breed.

Lambs

Periparturient Complications in Goats

This project focuses on a multi-center study, including 10 referring veterinary hospitals across the US. The objective of this study is to describe the incidence of various reproductive
conditions in pregnant does admitted to referral hospitals, such as dystocia, uterine tear/rupture, uterine prolapse, periparturient hemorrhage, retained fetal membranes, and metritis.

pregnant goat

Faculty

Brittany N Diehl

Department:

Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Brittany N Diehl DVM, MS

CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR & SMALL RUMINANT EXTENSION SPECIALIST

Phone:

(352) 294-4319

Daniela Luethy

Department:

Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Daniela Luethy DVM

Clinical Assistant Professor

Phone:

(352) 392-2229

D O Rae

Department:

Large Animal Clinical Sciences

D O Rae DVM, MPVM

Professor

Phone:

(352) 294-4313