In this project, you will learn a lot about the modern sheep industry either by directly caring for a lamb or by learning about sheep through the achievement program in each level. You may enroll in either a market lamb or breeding project at any level. Youth wishing to enroll in Market Sheep or Breeding Sheep must also be enrolled in Level 1, 2, or 3. If you enroll in the independent study, you must have already completed all three levels of the sheep project and set learning goals for your independent work.

Sheep, Level 1

Enroll in Market and/or Breeding on form if desired

The activities in Sheep Level 1 are for youth who may or may not have their own lamb, but want to learn more about sheep. In this level, you will learn to identify the parts of a lamb, about the breeds of sheep, sheep behavior, uses of wool, about sheep by-products, fitting a sheep for show, showing a sheep, how to determine the health of a lamb, judging lambs and how to develop a management plan.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

It may take three years to complete this level. You must complete a minimum of seven activities and three learning experiences each year to complete this project.

MATERIALS

M Rams, Lambs and You, BU6367, $6.00
L Sheep Helper’s Guide, BU6370, $6.00

Sheep, Level 2

Enroll in Market and/or Breeding on form if desired

In level 2 you’ll learn more about the sheep project, including sheep parasites, meat safety, judging, using medications safely, the digestive system of sheep, health problems, management practices, careers, sheep production cycles, managing money, meat cuts and more.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

It may take three years to complete this level. You must complete a minimum of seven activities and five learning experiences each year to complete this project.

MATERIALS

M Shear Delight, BU6368, $6.00
L Sheep Helper’s Guide, BU6370, $6.00

Sheep, Level 3

Enroll in Market and/or Breeding on form if desired

As an advanced member in the sheep project you gain leadership skills as you help others learn about sheep. In this level you are encouraged to teach others about sheep, explore career opportunities in the sheep industry, set production goals and make a budget for a sheep enterprise. You can also plan and conduct a sheep event in your community, address contemporary issues related to sheep production, learn about marketing and reproduction, plan and organize a judging contest and explore genetics.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

It may take three years to complete this level. You must complete a minimum of seven activities and five learning experiences each year to complete this project.

MATERIALS

MLeading the Flock, BU6369, $6.00
L Sheep Helper’s Guide, BU6370, $6.00

ADDITIONAL PROJECT MATERIALS

M Livestock Feed Sheet, 2FM099, 4-H website
S Sheep Resource Handbook for Market and Breeding Projects, 4H194R, $28.00
Sheep Independent Study 
Sheep Helper’s Guide, BU6370, $6.00 Helpers will enjoy involving youth in sheep skillathons, sheep bingo, sheep pyramid, developing a management calendar and many more activities.