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Management Education Programs

Lamb and Wool Management:  Introduction to Sheep Management (Home Study)

Introduction to Sheep Management - Home Study is our most popular course. It provides an overview of year-long sheep management and includes the philosophy of sheep management and its relationship to business goals. This one credit home study course includes fourteen self-paced lessons with continuous enrollment. It is also available online.

Required text book:  None, lesson materials provided.

Lesson topics

  1. Getting Started in the Sheep Business
  2. Your Ewes, Your Rams and Their Health
  3. Breeding Strategies
  4. Lamb Feeding
  5. Facilities and Equipment
  6. Ewe Flock Economics
  7. Wool
  8. Pre-Lambing Management
  9. Lambing Time Management, Difficult Births, Baby Lamb Health
  10. Orphan or Bonus Lambs, Grafting
  11. Creeps and Creep Feeding
  12. Weaning and Weaning Methods
  13. Fitting and Showing Sheep
  14. Raising Versus Buying Replacement Ewes

To enroll, print and complete the registration form included in the Home Study Course Brochure. *This form requires Acrobat Reader (free download).

North Dakota and Wisconsin residents will be charged a higher tuition cost unless a reciprocity form is completed. A copy of the completed reciprocity form must accompany registration form. Go to Reciprocity Information for more details and the application form for your state. Follow instructions on how to print and complete the form. Contact the Lamb and Wool program if you need help completing the reciprocity form.

South Dakota students should contact Minnesota West directly. South Dakota residents don’t need to send a form to their home state.

Questions or more information?


Philip Berg

Laurie Johnson
507 825-6815

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