Seven Suffolk sheep from the Southern Utah State College herd are now basking in the sun on the east coast of Florida, midway between Jacksonville and Orlando.
The six ewe lambs and one ram lamb have been purchased by a pair of high schools in Bunnell, Fla., to start a sheep project for agricultural science programs."There are a lot of sheep between here and Florida, so I see this as a tribute to the quality of sheep raised in our area, not just by the SUSC livestock operation, but by our area neighbors as well," said Dan Dail, associate professor of animal science.
Jim Galvin, FFA adviser at Bunnell High School, was introduced to the SUSC agricultural program this summer by Dellas Sorenson, agricultural science teacher at Valley High School in Orderville. Galvin was impressed by the growth and quality of southwestern Utah sheep, and the purchase was arranged.
Sorenson arranged for the sheep to be trucked to Florida last month.
"While we don't expect to be sending many sheep to the southeast part of the country, there is a growing interest in small ruminants in that region," Dail says. "As we expand our sheep enterprise here at the college, we also intend to expand our markets."
As part of that marketing effort, Dail and SUSC Farm Manager Kirt Bussio will send rams to the Stockton, Calif., sale for the first time this spring. Traditionally, SUSC is represented at two or three sales in Utah.