Sheep & Meat Goat Center
The Kansas State University Sheep and Meat Goat Center was built in 2011 and is complete with a student apartment, classroom, surgical suite, and laboratory that allows the facility to advance the research, teaching, and extension mission of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. A multitude of ASI classes are taught at the facility each semester, giving students hands-on learning opportunities. Research from the department on sheep and goat nutrition and reproduction is frequently conducted, and collaborative work with the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine and industry partners brings exciting opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved.
The unit currently runs 100 ewes consisting of Polypay and Hampshire, and 30 fullblood and percentage Boer does, with the goal to generate both animals for research and teaching purposes as well as high-quality livestock to market to local producers and 4-H/FFA exhibitors. Current goals of the facility are to increase the size of the flock by implementing an extensive artificial insemination/embryo transfer program, and to continue generating valuable research outcomes for the sheep and goat industry. Visitors to the facility are always welcome and can be scheduled with the farm manager.