Todd Taylor, manager of the animal sciences department’s sheep research unit, had an excellent day at the National Polypay Show and Sale on June 25 in Sedalia, Missouri. Exhibiting some of the unit’s Polypay sheep, Todd won:
- 1st place brood ewe (champion ewe; ewe with the highest NSIP index in the show) – shown in photo below
- 1st place fall ram lamb
- 1st place January ram lamb (ram with the highest NSIP index in the show)
- 2nd place yearling ram (reserve champion ram)
- 3rd and 5th place yearling ewes
- 3rd place fall ewe lamb
- 3rd and 5th place spring ewe lambs
The Sheep unit is located at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station. This unit sits on approximately 50 acres and consists of two main barns that can house up to 300 head of mature ewes with their lambs. Sheep are used throughout the year for various research, teaching and extension programs.
The current flock consists of 100 head of registered Hampshires, 30 registered Targhees, 40 registered Polypays and 30 registered Rambouillets. These four breeds are used for teaching and extension programs, but are also involved in research geared toward improving production genetics and reproductive techniques in sheep. These programs include semen collection and storage, artificial insemination, ultrasound, and embryo transfer. These sheep are also exhibited and consigned to numerous state and national shows and sales annually.