Sheep is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Sheep.

Sheep 1
What you can do in this project: identify sheep breeds and body parts; observe sheep behavior; identify uses of wool and other by-products; fit and show sheep.
Grades: 3-5
Resources: 06367, Lambs, Rams and You
4H369J, 4-H Sheep Project Health Supplement
4H421, Judging Breeding & Market Sheep
MA, Meat Animal Project Record

Sheep 2
What you can do in this project: learn to identify sheep parasites; promote meat safety; judge wool; diagnose sheep diseases; use medications safely; explore careers.
Grades: 6-8
Resources: 06368, Shear Delight
MA, Meat Animal Project Record

Sheep 3
What you can do in this project: set sheep production goals; plan sheep related activities; market sheep products and teach others; plan a judging contest; explore careers.
Grades: 9-12
Resources: 06369, Leading the Flock
MA, Meat Animal Project Record

Sheep Leader
Resources: 06370, Sheep Helper’s Guide
194R, Sheep Resource Handbook
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about Sheep? Try the links below.

Annual Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium
Program dedicated to beginners and potential dairy sheep producers. The basics of sheep dairying are presented by current producers and by a milking machine specialist directly on the farm of one member of the Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Cooperative.

Badger Livestock Judging Camp
Camp for youth who have completed grades 3-13 who are interested in building knowledge on the evaluation principles associated with market and breeding beef, swine and sheep, as well as ultrasound technology.

Meat Animal Quality Assurance (MAQA) Training
Train-the-trainer sessions for anyone interested in teaching or facilitating the MAQA program to help youth livestock exhibitors in beef, sheep and swine learn how to produce a safe and wholesome product. Youth can attend if they would like to help teach the program.

Sheep Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including sheep. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H Area Animal Science Days
Series of four day-long events held around the state where youth in the beef, dairy, horse, sheep and swine projects increase their decision making skills and knowledge of animals through judging and grading experiences. Events include evaluation of dairy cattle, horses and meat animals; dairy showmanship contests; hippology (the study of horses); and oral reasons workshops. In addition, each site offers a variety of workshops for small animal projects, which may include rabbits, poultry, dogs, cats or llamas.

Wisconsin 4-H Meat Judging Contest
Competition held at the Meat Science Laboratory on the UW-Madison campus.

Wisconsin Livestock Quiz and Skillathon Contests
Program for any 4-H or FFA Junior or Senior livestock team in the state. Team must have 3-4 members. Senior team members must be ages 14-19. Junior team members must be 8-13. The top 4-H Senior team represents Wisconsin at the National 4-H Skillathon Contest held each fall in Louisville.

Wisconsin Livestock Quiz Bowl
Quiz competition where all the questions are about beef, sheep and swine topics. Teams are divided into junior division (age 14 and under), senior division is (age 14 years and older) and mixed team (at least one youth from each age division). Counties or chapters are limited to 2 teams per division. Youth use a buzzer to answer the questions. Teams compete in a double elimination format by giving oral answers to questions posed by a judge.

Wisconsin State Fair
Annual 11-day event held in August at State Fair Park, West Allis, WI. Site gives locations and dates for pre-registration animal weigh-ins. All exhibitors wishing to show livestock animals during the fair are required to attend one of the regionally located weigh-in sites.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.


Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Sheep Project. Just follow these links!

Dairy Sheep Association of North America
Serves the interests of all current or future sheep dairy producers, farmstead cheese producers, sellers, suppliers, industry professional, academic researchers with an interest in sheep dairying, dairy genetics, sheep milk cheese production, and sheep milk based product development.

Meat Animal Quality Assurance (MAQA)
Information on MAQA topics from the Wisconsin 4-H youth livestock specialist. MAQA teaches quality-assurance principles and management skills to youth enrolled in the swine, sheep and beef meat animal projects.

National Animal Identification System
Information on how this important new livestock animal identification system is being implemented in Wisconsin.

Saddle and Sirloin Club: Sheep

UW-Madison student club that organizes and administers the Little International Horse Show, Badger Kick-off Classic Steer and Heifer Show, and the Badger Bonanza Lamb Show. The group also sponsors Swine Project Awards to help beginning 4-H or FFA members get started in the swine industry.

UW-Extension Animal Sciences: Sheep
Provides UW-Extension links including sheep management programs, upcoming events, publications, Wisconsin Ram Test, and more.

UW-Extension Animal Sciences: Youth
UW-Extension Animal Sciences Youth Extension site with additional links to the State Specialist, the calendar, MAQA information, State Fair results, and more.

UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Sheep
Guide to links for many sheep-related sites.

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.

Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative
Organization involved in many activities supporting the industry, including awards and scholarships for youth.

Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Sheep Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several resources on sheep, ethics, nutrition, and more.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension Sheep Specialist: Dave Thomas

UW-Extension Youth Livestock Specialist: Bernie O’Rourke