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Sheep & Goats

Featured Resources

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Managing Sheep Body Condition Score Throughout the Year

This fact sheet and barn reference are for sheep producers to implement body condition scoring in their management practices.

Small flock of sheep grazing in a pasture.

Multispecies Grazing: Benefits of Sheep Integration on Rangelands

Fact sheet about diversifying your operation to benefit your rangeland.

herd of beef cattle grazing in a pasture

Structuring Grazing Leases

Fact sheet including ranch resource goals to improve landowner - lessee relationships.

Our Programs

South Dakota ranks sixth nationally in sheep and wool production. Small ruminants are well suited for any size of operation and provide sustainable food and fiber to our growing world.

Whether your flock/herd is several generations old, or you are new to the industry, the SDSU Extension team has the research-based information, best management practices and resources available to help you maintain a healthy and profitable small ruminant operation. Programs are developed to meet the varying needs and experience levels of producers. Collaborations exist to offer mentorship of potential and beginning producers that foster successful connections to those just starting out.

Upcoming Events

Producer shearing wool from a white sheep.
Oct 07

SDSU Sheep Shearing School

SDSU Extension will host a sheep shearing school for students from October 7-9 at the SDSU Sheep Research and Teaching Unit (3729 Medary Ave., Brookings, SD 57007).

Producer analyzing and grading a cow.
Oct 16

Annie's Project @ Britton

SDSU Extension will host Annie's Project, a workshop series focusing on women involved in agriculture, on October 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 13, and 20 at the Marshall County Community Building (909 S. Main, Britton, SD 57430).