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February 2005

Release Date: February 1, 2005

Angelo State Sheep Garner Awards at Livestock Show

A group of Angelo State University registered Rambouillet sheep took some of the top honors at the Southwestern Livestock Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth last month.

An Angelo State-raised ewe was named champion ewe and won reserve champion ewe of all breeds during the Jan. 23 event. The competition included sheep raisers from throughout the nation.

The same ewe and an ASU ram won the best pair of sheep competition. The ram was the reserve champion as the second-best ram shown at the competition.

Angelo State's flock, consisting of the ram, two ewe lambs and two aged ewes, won first place at the competition.

Angelo State, with the help of students who feed and care for the animals as part of their agricultural education, raises about 300 head of sheep on about 5,000 acres near its Management, Instruction and Research Center.

Joe Self, a graduate student in animal science from San Angelo; Thomas Epting, a sophomore animal science major from Sherman; Julie Sutton, a freshman animal science major from Sadler; and Toni Hawkins, a freshman animal science major from Whitesboro, care for the animals. Dr. Micheal Salisbury, an assistant professor of animal science, is the group's adviser.