Sheep Project

What is it All About?

The sheep project introduces you to a wide variety of fun and challenging activities including identifying parts of a sheep, selecting a project lamb, preparing for lambing season, identification of lamb meat products and feeding and showing sheep.

Grow in Your Project

Starting Out

  • Identify different breeds
  • Locate and name parts of sheep
  • Learn about sheep health and proper care
  • Learn what you need to show your animals
  • Develop a management plan

Learning More

  • Learn about lamb yield grades
  • Judge and present your sheep
  • Understand the digestive process
  • Read a feed tag to recognize nutrients needed for sheep
  • Learn breeding and reproduction best practices

Going Further

  • Use engineering principles to design your own air- and space-crafts
  • Construct an altitude tracker
  • Learn pilot certification requirements
  • Learn about airport issues in across Wisconsin


Resources

Take Your Project Further!

  • Tour a sheep farm
  • Attend a sheep show and observe the judges and their techniques
  • Design a business plan to market lamb meat directly to retailers, restaurants or private customers
  • Write an educational article about some aspect of sheep production for your local newspaper
  • Plan or participate in a sheep skill-a-thon
  • Organize a sheep showmanship contest
  • Attend a national conference
  • Job shadow a local veterinarian to learn about animal health
  • Learn about the different uses for sheep
  • Research sheep by-product
  • Be part of your county Livestock Judging team and participate in the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest
  • Participate in the Livestock skill-a-thon
  • Participate in the State 4-H Wool Judging Contest
  • Participate in the State 4-H Meat Judging Contest

Applying Project Skills to Life

Enhance Your Communication Skills

  • Design a poster on parts of the sheep and present this topic to others
  • Participate in a judging contest giving oral reasons
  • Give a shearing demonstration

Get Involved in Citizenship and Service

  • Volunteer your lamb for a community petting zoo
  • Develop a recipe book of lamb recipes too share at local grocery stores
  • Do a food taste testing at a local grocery store

Learn about Leadership

  • Lead a demonstration with your lamb at a local elementary class
  • Teach others how to safely handle sheep
  • Recruit younger members to join the sheep project

Showing What You’ve Learned

  • Show your lamb at the fair
  • Poster on the nutritive value of lamb
  • Display of meat cuts and proper preparation
  • Poster on feeding rations
  • Poste on preventative vaccinations
  • Notebook of photos of different breeds
  • Presentation on developing a breeding herd
  • Best care techniques for newborns
  • Medical show kit
  • Poster on understanding carcass grading in lamb carcasses
  • Video on how to train your lamb to lead
  • Display of proper exercising techniques
  • Poster of feed additives
  • Make a blanket or tube for your sheep
  • Make a sheep fitting stand


Adapted with permission from Wyoming State 4-H, Project Information Sheet, Sheep. Retrieved from: https://www.uwyo.edu/4-h/projects/animal-science/sheep.html.

*Resources available at your local Extension office or shop4-H.org.


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