to Sheep 101.
The purpose of Sheep 101 is to teach 4-H and FFA members,
students, teachers, beginning shepherds, and the general public
about sheep, their products, how they are raised, and their
contributions to society. The site uses simple language and
pictures to illustrate the various topics. To begin learning
about sheep, click on a link in the menu bar or choose a topic
from the drop down menu above.
author. The author of Sheep 101 is Susan
Schoenian, Sheep & Goat Specialist at the University
of Maryland's Western Maryland Research & Education Center.
Susan has been with University of Maryland Extension since 1988. She raises Katahdin sheep on her small farm, called
The Baalands, in Clear
Spring, Maryland. Susan has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science degrees from Virginia
Tech and Montana State University, respectively.
Sheep & Goat Specialist
W. MD Research & Education Center
University of Maryland Extension
firstname.lastname@example.org - (301) 432-2767 x343
George was born on March 1, 2002, and is
named after President George W. Bush. George is a crossbred
sheep. His mother (dam) was a purebred Katahdin and his father
(sire) was a 3/4 White Dorper named Tarheel. When George was
born, no ewe would claim him or allow him to nurse, so he was
fed on a bottle for six weeks before being weaned.
George is a wether. He was castrated (neutered)
so he could be sold as a pet or grazer. He hurt his leg at the
time he was to be sold. When he recovered, Susan (the webmaster)
couldn't bear to part with him so he became a permanent resident
of The Baalands.
During the year, George lives with the rams
on the farm, sometimes the ewes. He's a little (actually a lot!)
on the chubby side since all he does is eat. His favorite food
(besides grain) is leaves. George generally speaks when he is
spoken to and responds to his name or anything that sounds like
it. He can be led with a halter or collar, but prefers just
to trot along behind Susan or whoever is carrying the bucket
of feed. You have to watch him, though. If you don't hold the
bucket up high enough, he will get his head in it and cause
you to spill feed.
George is a hair sheep, so he naturally sheds
his coat (a mixture of hair and wool) each year. Because hair
sheep are more resistant to internal parasites (worms) than
conventional wooled sheep, George has not been dewormed since
he was a young lamb. Like the ewes and rams in the flock, George
receives an annual booster for enterotoxemia and tetanus (CD-T).
His hooves are trimmed once per year, a procedure he does not
like having done. The last time his hooves were being trimmed,
he fell asleep in the tilt table.
George has become a little sensitive about
his weight: over 200 pounds! He hopes you enjoy his web site.