Sheep, goats, mohair and the associated industries are a major agricultural enterprise in Texas. Texas leads the nation in lamb and wool production and is internationally famous for its wool and mohair. Texas is also the leading state in goat production with approximately 1.4 million head.
Hands-on Experience with the flock
Students interested in the sheep and goat industry can take advantage of Texas A&M University’s dynamic sheep and goat teaching program. Students can take courses in sheep and goat production, wool and mohair evaluation, marketing, nutrition and selection.
Texas A&M University owns a flock of Rambouillet and Suffolk sheep, which gives students hands-on experience in management, production, and marketing. The Texas A&M University Sheep Center also hosts an annual production sale, where students take an active role in sale management and marketing.
The Wool Judging program offers students a chance to learn more about wool and mohair evaluation, through the wool judging course and team.
Educational workshops for the public
The Texas AgriLife Extension sheep and goat specialists conduct adult and youth educational programs to help Texans learn more about sheep and goat production.
Students in the sheep and goat program can take advantage of research information and faculty who are based out of the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, and also the Texas AgriLife Research Stations in San Angelo and Uvalde.