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NW Iowa Sheep producers Attend ISU Extension Program

December 16, 2016

A large crowd of NW Iowa Sheep producers attended an educational program organized by Beth Doran, Beef Field Specialist, along with NW Iowa Sheep Producers Association on Tuesday, December 13 in Sheldon, Iowa.  Dr. Dan Morrical, Department of Animal Science Professor,  was the featured speaker and covered the latest micro mineral survey results. Read more about NW Iowa Sheep producers Attend ISU Extension Program

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Educational Program for Sheep Producers

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 9:30am

ISU Extension and Outreach event will feature both classroom and hands‐on learning opportunities AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host an educational program for sheep producers on Nov. 19 in Ames, Iowa. The event will be held at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center and will feature speakers Dan Morrical and Curtis Youngs.   Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the cost is $5 per person. Read more about Educational Program for Sheep Producers

ISU will sell sheep at the 11th annual National Sheep Improvement Program Center of the Nation Sale!

July 15, 2016

The 11th Annual NSIP Sale will take place on Saturday, July 23 at 1pm  at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, Iowa.  Iowa State University will sell 6 purebred Hampshire sheep; 3 individuals and a pen of 3.  To see ISU's sheep, please go to page 34 and 35 in the Conover Catalog http://www.conoverauction.com/online-catalogs.html. Read more about ISU will sell sheep at the 11th annual National Sheep Improvement Program Center of the Nation Sale!

Sheep Pasture Walk

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 5:30pm

July 28, Sheep Pasture Walk,  Sheep Teaching Farm, North Barn,  5:30 to 7:30.  Items covered include weed control, pasture lambing and internal parasite control.  Cosponsored by Dow Chemical Read more about Sheep Pasture Walk

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Students Learn About Sheep Shearing in AnS 229 Sheep Science

April 13, 2016

As part of the AnS 229 sheep science class, students are given the opportunity to visit the ISU sheep teaching farm and learn about sheep shearing, skirting fleeces and wool evaluation.  Animal Science Professor, Dr. Curtis Youngs says “The importance of what they are learning relates to the preparation of a high quality wool clip for subsequent manufacture of high quality woolen goods (such as sweaters).  It also relates to increasing profitability of sheep production.”  Read more about Students Learn About Sheep Shearing in AnS 229 Sheep Science

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Sheep Barn

During the period 1865 to 1898, several structures were built to house the College sheep flocks. The first was developed as a model sheep house to accommodate six breeds of sheep and included a fattening pen for mutton sheep. This small facility was located where the Food Science Building is presently located. Sheep sheds were constructed in 1911 north of the Chicago Northwestern Railroad track and used until destroyed by fires in 1938 and 1959.

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Sheep Extension

 

Sheep in pastureIowa is known for having more sheep producers than any other state.  Currently Iowa is second to Texas when comparing sheep production operations. Iowa also has the highest lamb-to-ewe ratio with 1.67 lambs per ewe compared to the national average of 1.11. Iowa producers focus on meat output from their flocks with wool receipts to cover the shearing bill. Read more about Sheep Extension

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