California State University, Chico
Sheep & Goat Unit

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To develop and maintain multiple flocks that model modern livestock production and provide a hands-on learning environment for students where they become familiar with all aspects of small ruminant management, economics and marketing while developing interpersonal and leadership skills.

Our primary production goal is to produce quality youth project animals for a reasonable price.


Flock/Herd Description:

Project lambs
We manage about 80-90 Suffolk x Hampshire wether dam sheep with half lambing in the fall for early summer fairs and half in the spring for late summer/fall fairs.  Our original ewe base was founded on Leventini and Bianchi genetics.  Over the past 10 years we have infused genetics from Farinelli Club Lambs (Escalon, CA), Hawkins Club Lambs (Oregon), Pagliaro-Bohan Club Lambs (Petaluma, CA), McGolden and McLaughlin/Griffin (via Byrnes Club Lambs in Gridley, CA).  Our ewes are managed on irrigated pasture and supplemented during times of greatest nutritional needs (late gestation and lactation).

Commercial flock
We have about 30-40 Dorper and Dorper x Blackface crossbred ewes that we manage as a commercial flock.  These ewes are spring lambing and we market these lambs via our meats lab on the University Farm or through Superior Farms.  This flock has been involved in some crossbreeding research that is partially sponsored by Superior Farms in Dixon, CA and the Agriculture Research Initiative.  

Project goats
Chico State maintains about 30 percentage/fullblood Boer goat does.  The majority of the does kid in December/January, but we are shifting more of the does to kidding in September/October to hit both of the fair seasons common in California.  The base of our herd came from Rocking 4R Boer Goats (Dixon, CA) and Glennland Farms (Orland, CA).  Since then we have infused genetics from  White Rail Ranch, HJ Boer Goats, the Braught Family, J and J Livestock and Correia Livestock.  Our project kids have been very competitive across northern California and Oregon.


Management Team:

Our unit is managed by a team consisted of students, staff and faculty.

Dr. Celina Phillips, Faculty Supervisor

Kadee Buckmaster
Home: Fallon, NV     Major: Animal Science
Expected Graduation Date: 2014
Favorite thing about working at the Unit: "I like working at the Sheep and Goat Unit because it gives me a practical hands on experience."

Michael Ackley-Grady
Home: Antelope, CA    Major: Animal Science     Minor: Ag Business
Expected Graduation Date: 2014
Career Goal: “I am planning on getting my masters after graduating from CSU Chico and pursuing a career in animal reproduction and genetics with an emphasis on Boer Goats”

Brittni Reid
Home: Woodland,CA    Major: Animal Science
Expected Graduation Date: 2016
Career Goal: “Graduate from Chico State and continue on to get a masters in Animal Nutrition”

Shelby Descamps
Major: Animal Science
Anticipated Graduation Date: 2015
Career goals: Attend professional school for a field in Animal Science.