Dorset Sheep Management Class

The Dorset Sheep Management class provides students with the oppportunity to perform all the management activities that are required for the care of the UMass flock.  Students learn skills including: hoof trimming, vaccinating, parasite detection, pregnancy detection, lambing and neonatal care; make decisions regarding selection, breeding and culling, and learn to recognize signs of illness and administer treatments.  The class is directly supervised by the shepherd with involvement from the staff veterinarian.  Students have the opportunity to become officers/teaching assistants and present short lectures on related subjects such as: diseases, nutrition and lambing delivery; teaching assistants also help provide instruction and organize the classes and activities.

SheepThe UMass Dorset Sheep Group was started in the Fall of 2005 by a group of students interested in learning more about working with sheep. Students assist with the Open House tours of the Hadley Farm and have the opportunity to attend the monthly meetings of the Pioneer Valley Sheep Breeders Association.




When the sheep are sheared in the spring we save the best wool and have it woven into our popular, beautiful and soft throws and blankets.  These blankets and throws are made locally, make great gifts, and are a true reflection of the enthusiasm our students have for all the animals at the farm.  All proceeds help support the Livestock Program in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences and The Center for Agriculture. 

EweMass Wool BlanketEweMass Wool Yarn

Sheep Products Order Form.  For more information contact Alice Newth at 413-545-6034.

Also available:  Large and Small Sheepskins and Ready-to-be-dyed Yarn.


Prize winning vests knit with UMass yarn by Livestock Barn Manager, Alice Newth.


            Lizzy Tatro models sweater she made from UMass wool      back of Lizzy Tatro's sweater

Lizzy Tatro models the sweater she made from the yarn she spun from UMass sheep wool.  Lizzy added bamboo fibers to create a soft glow.

UMass Dorset Sheep at the Eastern States Exposition 2013

For more information on the UMass Dorset Sheep Group, please contact:

Alice Newth - Livestock Barn Manager
413-549-3258 newth [at] vasci [dot] umass [dot] edu