Survey on Cornell Sheep Program Research Priorities

Dear Sheep Farming Community,

Please click this link to complete a short (7 minute) survey about research priorities for the Cornell Sheep Program.

In September 2018 we concluded a 22-month sheep milking study on the Cornell campus with compelling results in the areas of:

  • Accelerated lambing systems,
  • Year-round sheep milk production,
  • Reproductive success (conception rate and litter size) in intense management systems.

Preliminary results will be shared at the Cornell Sheep and Goat Symposium and the final results will be available online soon after that.

Stimulated by these results, we are looking into new research objectives and promising outcomes for more intense, forage based management systems for both MEAT AND DAIRY.

Please take the time to fill out this short (7 minute) survey to guide us on research priorities, with emphasis on topics you deem to be important for the success of your farming operation. We are also asking about details about your farming operation (already established or future) to be able to cluster your answers according to farm size and management system.

The submitted surveys are anonymized by the Qualtrics survey tool we are using, and at no point in the survey are we requesting information from you that could identify you or your business. We guarantee that your data will be handled anonymously.

Thank you very much for your participation, and we are looking forward to sharing our results with you!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns:

Michael L. Thonney, Professor
Animal Science Department, Cornell University

Niko KochendoerferPhD student
Animal Science Department, Cornell University



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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)


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 

Niko Kochendoerfer, PhD Student and Graduate Assistant
110 Morrison Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4801

Cornell Cooperative Extension Field Educators (posted on Mike Baker's Beef Cattle web site)

Interns, Students, and Volunteers

Major revision: October 2015
Please contact Mike Thonney at if you can't find something from the previous version.
Copyright © 2015 Michael L. Thonney

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