Sheep Boot Camp for Ag Teachers

           Fri. June 2-Sun. June 4, 2017

This 3-day course held on a working sheep farm will prepare you to competently supervise SAE projects based on sheep, and conduct yourself with the confidence and authority consistent with your role as Animal Science instructor.  You will learn the fundamental principles and challenges of raising sheep, while gaining hands-on experience.

Open to student teachers and those currently teaching.


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DAY 1:



Focus on Handling & Health

Farm Tours & Marketing

Life With Sheep

Behaviorial basics, moving, catching, tipping, restraint, safety, equipment and facilities. Health Assessment, The Big 5 Sheep Problems, hoof health, vaccination, animal ID.

Visit diverse sheep operations specializing in direct-marketed grass-fed lamb, Club show lambs, and purebred breeding stock. Learn about current issues and challenges in each marketing segment.

Feeds and nutrition, working dogs, purchasing sheep do’s and don’ts, breeds and current trends, infrastructure, breeding and lambing.

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Caroline Owens is a former Vocational Agriculture teacher with a B.S. From Cornell University in Animal Science/Agricultural Education and an M.B.A. from Boston University. Public outreach is a key component of her farming activities, with popular programs including Kid's Sheep Camp, Lambing-Time Slumber Parties, Lambing Clinics for Shepherds, and Starting Right With Sheep. 
   On Saturday's farm tours, you'll meet veterinarian and sheep producer Dr. Jackie Rapp of Susquehanna Valley Veterinary in Paxinos, PA. She not only specializes in small ruminant medicine, but also raises purebred Dorsets. You'll also see Jerry McCarty's club lamb and Suffolk operation. 

David and Caroline Owens raise Coopworth and Katahdin sheep on 112 acres in Sunbury, Pennsylvana. The flock currently numbers 130 ewes. The family has raised sheep since 1992, starting with Finnsheep and Dorsets in New Hampshire. Their operation is based on rotational grazing and once-a-year spring lambing. They sell direct-marketed 'freezer' lamb, feeder lambs, and breeding stock. 

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Cost $550 includes 3 days training, refreshments, lunches, and Saturday dinner.
Note:  class size limited due to the hands-on nature of the course.

$100 deposit reserves your space
$450 balance due on or before April 1, 2017


Picture Yourself Here....

You visit a student's sheep project.  The family has never owned sheep 
before, and is concerned about the animals' health. You instantly recognize
 one of the Top 5 sheep Problems, and suggest the solution.  Problem solved.
A student lives on a large sheep operation. 
The day you visit, the family is gathering, sorting, and weighing hundreds 
of lambs.  You know just where to stand, how the handling equipment works, 
and how to be helpful. The family is very impressed, and gives a 
glowing report to your supervisor.
You are reviewing two markedly different applications for FFA 
Proficicency Awards. One student produces grass-fed lamb for local 
consumption while the other competes on the
purebred circuit.  Your knowlege of each market segment allows 
you to fairly evaluate the candidates' accomplishments.


The following hotels are within 15 minutes of Owens Farm:

Red Roof Inn, 300 Red Roof Rd., Danville PA 570-275-7600

Super 8 Danville

35 Sheraton Rd., Danville PA 570-275-4640

Quality Inn and Suites, 15 Valley West Rd., Danville PA 570-275-5100