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The Small Ruminant Program was initiated in 1992 as a meat goat research program in response to producer needs for information on goat breeds and management practices to successfully access the expanding ethnic goat market. The overall objective of the program is to develop sustainable, forage-based small ruminant production systems (nutrition, breeding and health) for alternative and niche markets. 

The program currently maintains a herd of several meat goat (Boer, Spanish and Myotonic) and hair sheep breeds (St. Croix and Barbados Blackbelly) and a small herd of alpacas. Current research evaluates small ruminant energetics, non-conventional feeds, and strategic supplementation, gastrointestinal parasite control, assisted reproductive technologies and molecular genetic disease resistance. 

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