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  • Welcome 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.

  • About the 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.

  • Susan Schoenian
    Sheep & Goat Specialist
    W. MD Research & Education Center
    University of Maryland Extension - (301) 432-2767 x343


Just one of the gang
Livestock guardian dog with lambs


  • The Wily Coyote
    What are the major predators of sheep?

  • To protect and serve
    How do livestock guardian dogs help protect sheep from predators?

  • A dog's worst enemy
    What other animals can be used as flock guardians?

  • Flee, not fight
    How do sheep protect themselves against predators?

    Predator - any animal that lives by preying on another animal

    Prey - animal hunted or caught for food