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Livestock Clinicians Inspect Ram Sale

June 26, 2015

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UC Davis veterinarians have inspected sheep at the California Ram Sale since its inception in the 1950s.

June 26, 2015 - Clinicians and staff members from the UC Davis veterinary hospital’s Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction and Large Animal Medicine Services, along with members of the Dairy Production Medicine Service (which is housed at the school’s Veterinary Medical Teaching & Research Center in Tulare), recently served as inspectors at the 95th Annual California Wool Growers Association’s Ram Sale. The School of Veterinary Medicine has a long-standing tradition of participating in the Ram Sale, having done so since before the first graduating class of 1952. 

Inspections conducted by UC Davis veterinarians ensure that rams will not have signs of infectious diseases, genetic abnormalities and that their scrotal contents palpate normal and have the adequate size to fulfill their job in the flock. More than 550 rams were inspected by a team comprised of Drs. Sharif Aly, Catalina Cabrera, Bret McNabb, Joan Dean Rowe, and Fauna Smith; staff member Barbara Thorne; and VMTRC externship students from Purdue University, University of Pennsylvania and University of Glasgow.

For 65 years, veterinarians from UC Davis have been part of this event, conducting the health examinations of the animals for sale. Emeritus professor Dr. Blaine McGowan—a member of the school’s first graduating class of 1952—started this commitment from the school to the wool and lamb industry in 1950 when he was a veterinary student. Dr. McGowan joined the faculty at UC Davis upon graduation, and focused his efforts on the California Sheep Industry, winning the CWGA’s Golden Fleece Award in 1983 for his outstanding service. Over the years, several faculty, residents and students have participated in the Ram Sale, and have showcased the importance of the role veterinarians play in the livestock industry with the producers and, ultimately, the consumers.

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