U of S resident sheep flock to find a new home

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 3, 2013 SASKATOON - Saskatoon - In response to the budgetary pressures, the University of Saskatchewan will no longer maintain its flock of about 300 sheep on its campus farm but it will make animals available to meet teaching and research needs in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources and for the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

"While we are dispersing the sheep flock, we are not divesting the use of sheep in teaching and research opportunities," said Mary Buhr, dean of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources. "We are instead minimizing the maintenance that comes with a permanent sheep flock residing on the campus farm."
Buhr said the college has decided to focus its limited budget for campus farm activities on poultry, dairy and beef, and will purchase sheep as needed for future student learning opportunities and research.
The college will be seeking a single buyer for the sheep flock in the next few weeks.
"The college values providing an experiential learning experience to students and that isn't changing," she said, pointing to the new Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility, which will include an interpretive gallery and overhead walkway showcasing modern dairy and agriculture production systems.
For more information, contact:
Kira Glasscock
College of Agriculture and Bioresources
(306) 966-6873

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