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Management Education Programs

Lamb and Wool Management:  Sheep for Profit School

The Sheep for Profit School is the professional management and business school of the sheep industry. The purpose of the school is to help you improve your sheep management skills; increase the profitability of your sheep operation and form relationships in your business. The school will be intense and combine lecture, group discussion and visits to outstanding Pipestone area sheep operations. Expert instructors with diverse and practical sheep experience will help you define your vision and build a practical plan to achieve your goals.

This three-day investment will change your sheep operation and your view of the sheep industry.

Course Details

Dates: July 5-8, 2017
Location: Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Pipestone Campus

Before the School Activities

Submit info for Sheep Enterprise Analysis
Review Home Study Course lessons

After the School Activities
Receive Lamb and Wool Newsletter
Instructors available for phone consultation


Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Registration

  • Welcome & introductions

  • What to expect

  • Overview of US sheep industry

  • Get acquainted dinner

  • Economics of sheep production

  • Philosophy of sheep management

  • Five keys to profit


Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

  • Record keeping

  • Marketing lamb and wool

  • Facility requirements

  • Goal setting

  • Develop personal & enterprise goals

  • Sheep breeds and their use

  • Genetic selection

  • Building ewe flock

  • Develop genetic plan

  • Body condition scoring

Farm Tour

  • Sheep facilities

  • Ewe condition scoring

  • Feed management

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

  • Identifying & treating common ewe diseases             

  • Identifying & treating common lamb diseases

  • Preventive health programs

  • Flock bio-security

  • Develop a flock preventive health plan

  • Reproductive cycle of sheep

  • Manipulation of the breeding cycle

  • Breeding time management

  • Develop a flock breeding plan

Farm Tour

  • Sheep facilities

  • Record keeping

  • Lambing time management

  • Management philosophy

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Feed nutrient values

  • Lamb feed rations

  • Ewe nutrient requirements

  • Ewe fedd rations

  • Develop a Feeding Plan


Cost: $495 (includes tuition, handouts, noon and evening meals and breaks)
Minimum Enrollement: 10 people.  Maximum Enrollment 20 people.

Campus & Lodging Information

Complete Registration Form.   *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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