Continuing a look at sheep and a shepherd’s relationship to them. Today, I’m taking a walk down memory lane as I look back at my personal sheep history. Here’s the first post.
One of the benefits of studying at land-grant universities was the presence of school farms and animal science research centers. While at Purdue, I was a member of Block and Bridle, an organization for animal science students and livestock aficionados, and served as the sheep chair one year. This meant that I helped organize the Royal Showmanship Contest, in which students demonstrated their skills in exhibiting livestock. Several species were shown in the contest. I coordinated rides for the sheep show competitors from campus to the sheep unit of the Animal Science Research and Education Center and helped the beginners train their animals. I also brought in speakers for meetings and developed relationships with shepherds from around the state. Continue reading “My Woolly Baaaackground (Or, In Which I Explain Why I Talk About Sheep So Much)”