The sheep are superb models for teaching animal
behavior, characteristics. Thus, livestock management/handling
skills, applicable to all livestock, is taught
to novice as well as experienced personnel. The
sheep maintained at the Sheep Unit are used in
numerous phases of hands-on instruction in undergraduate
courses taught by the Animal Sciences faculty.
They are also used by graduate students pursuing
degrees in nutrition, physiology, and food science.
Areas of undergraduate learning, that use sheep,
include docking, castrating, internal parasite
control, disease prevention and control, feeding
systems, evaluation, artificial insemination, and
harvesting food and fiber. Graduate students learn
digestibility determination techniques, surgical
procedures, pasture management, estrous synchronization,
and food and fiber harvesting in relation to human
consumption. Learning sheep production principles
and management/handling skills provide young people
a career-lasting knowledge base that extends throughout
the animal industry.