Sheep Boot Camp Weekend 2021

Friday June 18-Sunday June 20, 2021

 This 3-day course held on a working sheep farm will prepare you to competently supervise SAE projects based on sheep, and conduct yourself with the confidence and authority consistent with your role as Animal Science instructor. You will learn the fundamental principles and challenges of raising sheep, while gaining hands-on experience and practical skills. 

         Open to student teachers and those currently teaching.

Training Overview

DAY 1:   HANDLING AND HEALTH Behaviorial basics, moving, catching, tipping, restraint, safety, equipment and facilities. Health Assessment, The Big 5 Sheep Problems, hoof health, vaccination, animal ID.

DAY 2: FARM TOURS AND MARKETING After a morning of sorting, handling, judging and more, we hit to road to visit different sheep operations. We see how marketing strategy impacts facilities, management, lambing season, and nutrition programs

DAY 3: LIFE WITH SHEEP  Border collie basics, realities of rotational grazing, breeds and current trends, fencing,  infrastructure, keys to success in breeding and lambing.


Program fee of $550 includes 3 days' training, lunches, refreshments, and Saturday dinner. Class size is limited due to the hands-on nature of the course. 
$100 Deposit reserves your space
$450 balance due on or before April 1, 2020.

Your Instructors

Caroline Owens is a former Vocational Agriculture teacher with a B.S. From Cornell University in Animal Science/Agricultural Education and an M.B.A. from Boston University. She has raised sheep on two farms in two states since 1992.  Pat Hourihan is a retired Vocational Agriculture teacher and department head from Ledyard, CT.   On Saturday's farm tours, you'll meet and learn from other sheep producers with different goals, facilities, issues and concerns. Details will be posted after January 1, 2020.

Your Host, Owens Farm

David and Caroline Owens raise Coopworth and Katahdin sheep on 112 acres in Sunbury, Pennsylvana. The flock currently numbers 130 ewes. The family has raised sheep since 1992, starting with Finnsheep and Dorsets in New Hampshire. Their operation is based on rotational grazing and once-a-year spring lambing. They sell direct-marketed 'freezer' lamb, feeder lambs, and breeding stock. Owens Farm also supplies the sheep who graze the Solar Array at Susquehanna University.

Why Take This Course?

You visit a student's sheep project.  The family has never had sheep before, and have concerns over the animal's health.  You instantly recognize one of the Top 5 Sheep Problems, and suggest a solution. 

A student lives on a large sheep operation. The day you visit, they are gathering, sorting, and weighing lambs.  You know just where to stand, how the handling system works, and how to be useful.  The family is very impressed, and gives a glowing report to your supervisor. 

You are reviewing two markedly different applications for Sheep Proficiency awards. Your knowledge of diverse production methods and marketing strategies allows you to fairly evaluate the candidates' accomplishments.