Sheep Program Manager:
Dana Van Liew
Telephone Meyer Hall: 530-752-9703 Barn:
The Sheep Unit is located
on Garrod Road west of Highway 113 on the
University of California at Davis Campus.
The Sheep Program is committed to the three
missions of the University of California:
Teaching, Research and Outreach.
The facilities include
two large barns, 30 dry lot enclosures and
approximately 15 acres of irrigated pasture.
300 head of Suffolk, Rambouillet, Polypay
and Crossbreds are maintained.
Three Student Herdsmen
live at the facility. Additional Student
Herdsmen work at the facility, earning
units, salary or as volunteers. Sheep
management interns and show team members
show and consign sheep to various
exhibitions and sales annually. Numerous
youth outreach activities are hosted
annually. Fifteen classes from three
departments on campus utilize the facility
Sheep are utilized
extensively for research in discipline areas
of: Reproduction, Genetics, Nutrition,
Management, and Endocrinology.
Hopland Research and
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
Located in the North
Coast mountain range in Mendocino County
near Ukiah, the Center supports one of the
largest sheep research flocks in the U.S.A.
The center consists of 5,358 acres ranging
in elevation from 500 - 3000 feet.
Student interns can
participate in a variety of sheep and
wildlife projects related to nutrition,
animal behavior, breeding and management.
Fall and winter quarter
internships offer the opportunity to gain
hands-on experience assisting in
lambing out the center's ewe flock. Spring
internships will be involved in weaning
lambs and shearing.
Summer internships allow
students the first-hand experience of
managing the flock during the breeding
season, as well as assisting in the
laproscopic artificial insemination program.
Short-term internships can be arranged
during quarter breaks and the summer.
Student interns are
provided dormitory space at the center.
Please contact the Animal Science Advising
Center (1202 Meyer) for internship
information at the Hopland Research and