Management Education Programs
Lamb and Wool Management: Instructors
Mike Caskey graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Animal Science. He worked as an extension agent for the University of Minnesota Extension Service for three years prior to becoming an instructor in the Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program at Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Pipestone Campus. Mike has been with the Lamb and Wool program for the last 35 years. Under his guidance, the program has worked with over 10,000 sheep producers from all over the United States and several foreign countries, bringing them the latest in sheep management information. His innovative sheep management concepts and producer education methods have helped producers in the Pipestone area prosper in sheep production, earning the reputation of being on the “cutting edge” of sheep management technology. Mike is sought after as a speaker on sheep programs throughout the country and also a judge for many major sheep shows. He owns and has managed seedstock sheep operations, lamb feedlots, and large commercial ewe flocks. In addition, he has been a consultant to feed companies, lamb packing plants, sheep equipment manufacturers and government agencies.
He has served as President of the National Sheep Association; chairman of the National Sheep Industry Development Board; President of the American Hampshire Sheep Association; Coordinator of the National Sheep Industry Leadership School and as president or director of numerous state and regional sheep associations.
He was inducted into the Minnesota Livestock Hall of Fame in 1994.
Philip Berg was born and raised on a Pipestone area sheep farm and continues to work with his family’s sheep operation. He graduated with an Animal Science degree from South Dakota State University and also received a Master's Degree in Animal and Range Science from North Dakota State University. After receiving his Master's Degree, Philip worked for the North Dakota State University Research Center in Hettinger, ND. After six years with the NDSU Research Center, he returned to Pipestone where he was employed by the University of Minnesota Extension Service in Pipestone County for eleven years.
Philip began his role as a Lamb and Wool Instructor in June of 2005.
Laurie Johnson was raised on a diversified crop and livestock operation in Northeastern South Dakota. Her passion for sheep started early with two bottle lambs at the age of five. She graduated from South Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education and a Master’s degree in Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction in Career and Technical Education. Laurie was an Account Manager at RDO Equipment in Webster, SD prior to her time at Lake Area Technical Institute. She has been at Lake Area Technical Institute for the past five and half years as an agriculture instructor online and on campus specializing in the Ranch Management option. Laurie and her husband have a diversified cattle and sheep operation.