Spooner Sheep Day ends after 64 years
Contributors to the University of Wisconsin's sheep-research and outreach efforts at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station, Spooner, Wisconsin, bid farewell Aug. 28 to that program at the final Spooner Sheep Day. From left are: Tom Cadwallader, former Spooner station assistant superintendent and shepherd, and emeritus professor; University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Kate VandenBosch; Yves Berger, former Spooner Station superintendent and emeritus dairy-sheep researcher; Bob Rand, former Spooner Station superintendent; Dick Vatthauer, emeritus animal-science professor, UW-Madison; Woody Lane, former sheep UW-Extension specialist, now owner of Lane Livestock Services of Roseburg, Oregon; Alexa Roscizewki, summer sheep intern at the Spooner station and UW-Madison senior; and Dave Thomas, UW-Madison professor of Sheep Management and Genetics, who will retire in early 2017.
The Spooner station will be selling its dairy-sheep flock of about 230 mature ewes and 160 ewe lambs, as well as far lesser numbers of ram lambs and mature rams, in an online auction. The flock has represented the only university-operated sheep dairy in the United States.
The Wisconsin sheep and lamb inventory in Wisconsin (1/1/16) totaled 76,000 head, the lowest inventory since 1920 according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service report.