Sheep Research

Sheep research is a major program at the Spooner Ag Research Station. Current research is focused on dairy sheep, especially the genetic improvement of dairy sheep and production of sheep milk for processing into cheese. Other research examines the impact of grain supplementation level on milk production while summer grazing and the effect of ewe lamb feeding level on future milk production. Visit the website of the Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Cooperative for more information on sheep dairying. Additional resources include: UW-Madison Animal Science Sheep Program, the Dairy Sheep Association of North America, and UW-Extension's Publications on Dairy Sheep.

Animal research resources at the station include:

  • 350 ewes of various ages; East Friesian crossbreds and Lacaune crossbreds.
  • 14 rams
  • Sheep barn (50' x 168')
  • eight individual pasture fields of approximately five acres each
  • ram barn
  • dairy sheep milking parlor (12 x 12, indexing stanchion, high-line pipe line).