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   Arlington Sheep Research Arlington Sheep Research Unit


The Sheep unit is located at the Arlington Agricultural Research station. This unit sits on approximately 50 acres and consists of two main barns that will house 300 head of mature ewes with their lambs. Sheep are used throughout the year for various research, teaching and extension programs. Dr. David Thomas is the faculty supervisor for the sheep unit, with Todd Taylor, shepherd, and Derald Stronach, assistant shepherd, making up the rest of the sheep unit staff.

The current flock consists of 100 head of registered Hampshires, 30 registered Targhees, 40 registered Polypays and 30 registered Rambouillets. These four breeds are used for teaching and extension programs, but are also involved in research geared toward improving production genetics and reproductive techniques in sheep. These programs include semen collection and storage, artificial insemination, ultrasound, and embryo transfer. These sheep are also exhibited and consigned to numerous state and national shows and sales annually.


Also housed at Arlington are 60 commercial Baroola-Rambouillet cross ewes that are in an ongoing project to increase the prolificacy of the traditional white face range ewe. Another 35 crossbred ewes consisting of a mixture of several breeds of sheep are utilized for hands on instruction in sheep husbandry. These sheep are maintained and bred at Arlington, but housed in the Livestock Lab each spring. Students from the Sheep Production class have the opportunity to shear, feed, vaccinate and lamb these ewes on campus.

Opportunities for summer internships are available for students interested in gaining further experience in the sheep business.


Contact:
Todd Taylor
W4857 Meek Rd.,
Arlington WI, 53911
Email: toddtaylor@facstaff.wisc.edu
Ph/fax#: 608-846-5858

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