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Long-eared guardians, UF/IFAS donkeys are a sheep’s best friend

Tory MooreMarch 26th, 2024If you have been near Shealy Drive in Gainesville, you may be familiar with the UF/IFAS sheep unit. The 30-acre facility is home to 100 sheep that are bred and raised to improve recommendations on sheep nutrition, reproduction and physiology for sheep producers. When passing by the unit, you might also notice some long-eared friends […]

Tabaski: a huge market opportunity for small ruminants in Niger

Livestock LabDecember 20th, 2022Tabaski (or Aïd el-Kebir), called the “Festival of the Sacrifice,” is an Islamic holiday celebrated worldwide each year. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. In commemoration of this historical event, a sheep is sacrificed. In Niger, where 95 percent of the population […]

How do I show an animal in the fair?

Kelsey IrvineAugust 12th, 2022This is probably one of our most asked questions, especially by families first wanting to join 4-H. The fair is an important aspect for many of our 4-H members and we strongly believe in the lessons learned from the barn. However, the process can feel a little overwhelming and we want showing to align with […]

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