(Thanks to Natasha Pettifor for some of these photographs)

Welcome to the

Cornell Sheep Program

Information about sheep, wool, sheep milk, production, and marketing in the northeastern United States.

Abundant rainfall for forage production and a large population consuming sheep products in the eastern United States makes this area an ideal location for sheep farming. This and the companion web site about marketing (http://www.sheepgoatmarketing.info/) are designed to help farmers take advantage of the opportunity to develop or expand sheep farms in the region.

Beef cattle and goats can also take advantage of the forage production in the region. Click on the following links for information from Cornell University:


Choose a management area

Cornell Small Ruminant Management List Server
Click here to join the Cornell University Small Ruminant Management list server. The purpose of the list server is to ask about and exchange information about sheep and goat management.

Cornell Sheep Program Home

Frequently used

From Cornell University

Dairy sheep

From other academic and Extension sources 

From industry


  • ASI Sheep Care Guide
  • Sheep & Goat Research Journal
  • Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep: Breeds, Care, Facilities (search for this on-line)
  • The Sheep Book (by Ron Parker) (search for this on-line)


More details about past, present, and future sheep research at Cornell University will be coming soon.

Michael L. Thonney, Professor
Director, Cornell Sheep Program and Graduate Field of Animal Science
114 Morrison Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4801

Dan L. Brown, Associate Professor
Nutritional Toxicologist
320 Morrison Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4801

tatiana L. Stanton, Extension Associate
Goat Specialist
114 Morrison Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4801

Major revision: October 2015

Please contact Mike Thonney at mlt2@cornell.edu if you can't find something from the previous version.

Copyright © 2015 Michael L. Thonney 

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