Pipestone Sheep for Profit School

by Site Admin on May 20, 2017

Sheep For Profit School
July 5-8, 2017
Pipestone Minnesota


Don’t miss your chance to attend the 2017 Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program Sheep For Profit School which will be held on July 5-8th, 2017 in Pipestone Minnesota. The Sheep for Profit School is only offered once every two years. The Pipestone Lamb and Wool program has an excellent school scheduled, including the tour of two outstanding sheep operations.

The Sheep for Profit School is the professional management and business school. The purpose of the school is to help improve sheep management skills; increase the profitability of your sheep operation and form relationships in your business. The school will be intense and combine lecture, group discussion and visits to outstanding Pipestone area sheep operations. Expert instructors with diverse and practical sheep experience will help you define your vision and build a practical plan to achieve your goals. This is a four day investment that will change your sheep operation and how you view the sheep industry.

School Details

Date: July 5-8th, 2017
Minnesota West Community & Technical College
1314 North Hiawatha Ave.
Pipestone, MN 56164

2017 Tentative Schedule

Wednesday (4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
Welcome and Introduction
What to Expect
Overview of the Sheep Industry
Get Acquainted Dinner
Economics of Sheep Production
Philosophy of Sheep Management
Five Keys to Profit

Thursday (8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
Facility Requirements
Marketing Lamb and Wool
Keeping up with consumers (new products/trends)
Goal Setting
Develop Personal and Enterprise Goals
Sheep Breeds and their use
Genetic Selection
Building Ewe Flock
Develop Genetic Plan
Body Condition Scoring
Record Keeping
Tour Brian Winsel Farm
· Sheep Facilities
· Ewe Condition Scoring
· Feed Management

Friday (8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
Identifying and Treating Common Ewe Diseases
Identifying and Treating Common Lamb Diseases
Preventative Health Programs
Proper use of Antibiotics
Flock Biosecurity
Develop a Flock Preventative Health Plan
Reproductive Cycle of Sheep
Manipulation of Breeding Cycle
Ram Management (housing, nutrition, fertility)
Breeding Time Management
Develop a Flock Breeding Plan
Tour Bruce and Karla Gundermann Farm
· Sheep Facilities
· Record Keeping
· Lambing Time Management
· Management philosophy

Saturday (Course completed at noon)
Feed Nutrient Values and use of Alternative Feeds
Lamb Feed Rations
Ewe Nutrient Requirements
Ewe Feed Rations and Managing Ewe Feed Costs
Develop a Feeding Plan

Tour Stops

Bruce and Karla stared in the sheep business seventeen years ago when they decided to discontinue raising hogs and converted their facilities to sheep production. Since that time they have steadily grown their ewe flock to about 850 commercial ewes. They have done a nice job of utilizing existing buildings along with a new addition onto the lambing barn and have added five “hoop” barns to improve labor efficiency and management of various lambing groups. They market a high lambing percentage because of the attention they pay to detail and the tremendous job they do of keeping their lamb death loss low. Their extensive use of performance records and their ability to save and market a high lambing percentage with low labor input is outstanding.

Brian is one of the young newcomers to the sheep business. He started in sheep nine years ago and has steadily grown his flock size to 900 ewes. To accommodate this expansion he has remodeled an existing building to be a labor efficient lambing facility and has built additional cold housing with a drive through feeding system to provide a low labor feeding system. Plus, he has incorporated a working and shearing area into the same building. Brian has many low labor concepts built into his operation that will make it easier to run a large number of ewes for many years to come. He employ’s a wave system of lambing and has developed a great set of sheep management skills in a very short period of time.


2017 Cost: $495 (includes tuition, handouts, noon and evening meals and breaks)
Minimum Enrollment: 10 people
Maximum Enrollment: 20 people

Complete Registration Form

Visit our webpage for additional registration information and other program information.

North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin residents will be charged a higher tuition cost unless a reciprocity form is completed. A copy of the completed reciprocity form must accompany registration form. Go to Reciprocity Information for more details and the application form for your state. Follow instructions on how to print and complete the form. Contact the Lamb and Wool program if you need help completing the reciprocity form.

After the School

Receive Lamb and Wool Newsletter
Instructors Available for Phone Consulting

Campus and Lodging Information

Laurie Johnson
Lamb and Wool Instructor
Minnesota West, Pipestone Campus
P.O. Box 250
1314 North Hiawatha
Pipestone, MN 56164

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