2009 Shepherd’s Clinic Speakers
Woody Lane, Lane Livestock Services
Woody Lane is a nationally known livestock nutritionist and forage specialist living in Roseburg, Oregon. He owns and operates an
independent consulting firm "Lane Livestock Services," teaches courses in forages and livestock nutrition to ranchers in the area, facilitates
three forage study groups for farmers, and writes a popular monthly column called "From the Feed Trough..." for The Shepherd magazine.
Woody earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Animal Nutrition at Cornell University and has published over 25 scientific, peer-reviewed
research articles on sheep and cattle production. He worked on the famous Allegheny Highlands Project in West Virginia from 1978-1980, and
in the 1980s, was on faculty at the University of Wisconsin as the State Extension Sheep and Beef Cattle Specialist. He has made his home in
Oregon since 1990.
Woody is an expert on nutrition, pasture management, and grazing techniques. He has been featured speaker in scores of nutrition and forage
workshops across the United States and Canada, and has worked internationally in New Zealand and Macedonia. In the past few years, he
helped develop the well-known "SID Sheep Production Handbook", was the operations manager for the National Sheep Improvement Program
(NSIP), and together with the popular veterinarian Don Bailey, developed an instructional set of three videotapes called "Lambing Time
Dave Thomas, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Dave Thomas, an animal scientist and sheep extension specialist at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, has been engaged in research,
teaching, extension, and international activities for 29 years at Oregon State, the University of Illinois, and the University of Wisconsin since
1991. He has worked on projects in Indonesia, with prolific and hair sheep breeds; in Central Asia, on improvement of prolificacy in finewool
flocks; and in Israel, on utilization of the Booroola gene. He currently represents USAID at the International Livestock Research Institute in
Kenya. Thomas has an internationally recognized research program in the genetic improvement of sheep with more that 450 career
A Wisconsin native, Thomas earned a B.S. degree at UW-Madison, was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, and earned graduate degrees from
Oklahoma State University. He teaches courses in genetics and sheep production and has served as the state Sheep Extension Specialist at both
Oregon and Wisconsin. He served ASAS as a Director-at-Large, as a member of both the Sheep and Genetics Program Committees, and as a
member of the Journal of Animal Science editorial board.
Holly Neaton, DVM, Watertown Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Holly Neaton is a veterinarian and partner in the Watertown Veterinarian Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Watertown, Minnesota. She
also raises approximately 400 sheep on a crop and livestock farm. She is a USDA Class B dealer providing sheep, goats and cattle to medical
device companies and provides boarding services for GLP and non-GLP studies. Holly has prepared and provided sheep for birthing display at
the Minnesota State Fair Miracle of Birth Center since 2001.
Holly attended the University of Minnesota for veterinarian school undergraduate preparation from 1973 to 1975 and received her DVM degree
at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979. She was an Assistant Professor there from 1985 to 1992 and is
currently an Attending Veterinarian for Beckman Coulter Immunodiagnostics Animal Facility since 1997. She is on the Board of Directors and
a former President of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. She is Co-chairman of Animal Well-being, Government Affairs, Annual
Program, Large Animal State Fair committees, MVMA and on the advisory committees for Large Animal Continuing Education and
Minnesota Diagnostic Laboratory. She is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Ovine Progressive Pneumonia Concerned Sheep Breeders Society and
member of the Minnesota Scrapie Board, Minnesota Board of Animal Health, search committees for University of Minnesota CVM Clinical
and Population Medicine department chair and dairy specialists, American Veterinary Medical Association, Minnesota Veterinary Medical
Association, American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers, American Association of
Laboratory Animal Scientists, and American Society for Laboratory Animal Practitioners.
Dr. Neaton has received numerous awards including the MVMA Distinguished Service Award in 1999, MVMA Veterinarian of the Year in
2001, MLWP Silver Bell Award in 1996, Wright County 4-H Dedicated Service Award, WCCO Good Neighbor Award in 2002 and was
presented an Honorary Minnesota FFA Degree in 2005.
David Rowe, Mid-States Wool Growers Cooperative
David Rowe of London, Ohio, was selected as the new general manager of Mid-States Wool Growers Cooperative Association in 2008. Rowe
has been involved in many levels of the cooperative form of doing business for over 18 years in the grain marketing business.
Dave has extensive experience in strategic planning, relationship management, sales, program development, employee relations and contract
development. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Ohio State University and a Master of Science degree in Animal
Science from Texas A&M University. While at Texas A&M, Dave managed the university sheep barn. He has a club lamb flock and is a
member of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and the Ohio Club Lamb Association.
Yves Berger, UW Spooner Agricultural Research Station
Yves Berger, superintendent and shepherd at the University of Wisconsin Spooner Agricultural Research Station, has devoted more than 30
years to development and conduct of sheep management research projects throughout the state, nation and the world. Working with University
of Wisconsin animal sciences professor David Thomas, he has developed the University‟s dairy sheep research program at Spooner to become
one of the world‟s premier dairy sheep research programs.
Yves was raised in southeast France, near the city of Lyons. His family farm focused on the raising of grapes for the wine industry. He
received a B.S. degree from ITPA in Paris and a M.S. in Animal Science and Genetics from the University of Minnesota in 1972. He spent 2
years in Argentina as a research assistant for the Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria in a French Cooperation Project then worked
two years at the US Sheep Station in Dubois, Idaho. In 1978 he went to Ivory Coast as the lead researcher for a small ruminant project in
cooperation with the Ivoirian and French governments. In 1980, the University of California-Davis offered him the position of site coordinator
in Kenya on a USAID Small Ruminant Research Project, a goat project aiming at improving the nutrition of small children in western Kenya
(lack of protein). A true multidisciplinary project it involved 7 different American research institutions each with a different field of expertise.
In 1982 Yves Berger transferred to Morocco on an equivalent USAID Small Ruminant Research Project and still with UC-Davis to establish a
Sheep Research Station at the foot of the High Atlas. In 1986 he came back on UC-Davis campus and wrote a book on sheep production
“Sheep Production and Management in a Mediterranean Climate”. In 1988 he was offered by UW-Madison the position of Assistant
Superintendent and Sheep researcher at the Spooner Station. In 2000, he was promoted to Superintendent. He started the Dairy Sheep research
in 1995. The Spooner Station quickly became known as the only source of information for dairy sheep in North America. In order to answer the
many questions on dairy sheep, Yves Berger wrote another book “Principles of Sheep Dairying in North America” that is being published by
UW-Extension Press. Yves is the founder of the Annual Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium and has been very active in the Wisconsin Sheep
Dairy Cooperative of which he is the current President.
Berger was the recipient of the 2008 University of Wisconsin Sheep Industry Award and the 2006 Indianhead Sheep Breeders Association
Friend of the Association award.
Bill Keough, bk Sheep Nutrition Services
Bill Keough grew up in Green County on a dairy and sheep farm. He raised and showed registered Dorsets and Hampshires at county and state
Bill graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988 with Degrees in Meat and Animal Science and Agronomy. He worked for a
local cooperative in Waupaca County from 1988 to1996. Since then he has been an independent nutrition consultant and independent Regional
Manager for Agri-Nutrition Consulting, Inc. and operates under the business name Bear Lake Enterprises, Inc. In addition to the dairy nutrition
business, he started a separate sheep nutrition division called “bk Sheep Nutrition Services”. He provides rations for each individual customer
using “bk Sheep Base” vitamin and trace mineral packages as well as nutritional support and trouble-shooting. He currently serves customers in
over 20 states and in Canada.
In 2005 Bill began another division of Bear Lake Enterprises, Inc. with the farm name Cedar Lane Dorsets. He currently has a flock of around
60 registered Dorsets and has had much success at state, regional and national shows & sales. Bill has also been the Wisconsin State Fair Jr.
Sheep Show Superintendent since 2004.
Todd Taylor, UW Arlington Agricultural Research Station
Todd Taylor joined the Department of Animal Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2001 as Shepherd at the Arlington
Agricultural Research Station and is actively involved in instructional, research, and Extension activities in the sheep area. Todd's major
responsibility is daily management of the Arlington sheep flock as a resource for the Department's research, teaching, and extension programs.
The 300-ewe flock includes registered Hampshires, Targhees, Polypays, and Rambouillets as well as some crossbred ewes. The purebred flocks
participate in several shows, shows and sales, and the Wisconsin Ram Test.
Todd grew up in Laramie, Wyoming where his father is the long-time shepherd at the University of Wyoming. He received an Associate degree
from Northeastern Junior College, Sterling, Colorado, the B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Wyoming, and is completing
the M.S. degree in Animal Science at Texas A&M University. He has competed on national 4-H or FFA judging contests in dairy, livestock,
wool, and meats and on wool and livestock judging teams in college. He holds a number of high placings in national contests including
membership on the Champion Jr. College Livestock Judging Team at the 1992 Fort Worth Stock Show.
For seven years prior to joining UW-Madison, Todd was the Sheep Center Manager at Texas A&M University at College Station for a flock of
950 ewes. He is familiar with the techniques of artificial insemination, semen collection and freezing, and ultrasound scanning in sheep. While
at Texas A&M, he was advisor and sponsor of the Sheep Show Team, a group of students that exhibited Texas A&M sheep at major shows in
Texas. He is a sheep shearer and a trainer and worker of Border Collie stock dogs.
Jim Schultz, Weed Eden Farm
Jim Schultz has been raising a flock of 200 ewes on his Weed Eden Farm in Clintonville, Wisconsin with his wife Ruth Ann for the past 28
years. As a result of this experience he has served as an ACDI/VOCA volunteer in Azerbaijan and Armenia. Jim has also been teaching high
school Math and Biology for the past 32 years. Jim currently is a guest columnist for the Indianhead Sheep Breeders Association newsletter
The Shepherd’s Bulletin.
Claire Mikolayunas Sandrock, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Claire is currently a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After graduating from Cornell University, she spent the spring
working on a sheep farm in Northern Ireland, which spurred her interest in sheep. Claire spent the next four years in Maine, working with
sheep and milking cows. During that time she began milking a small flock of ewes in a portable milk parlor. In 2004, Claire enrolled in
graduate school at UW-Madison under the advisement of Dr. Dave Thomas. Her research has focused on the effect of supplementation on milk
production of grazing dairy ewes and the effect of protein degradability on nitrogen utilization of dairy ewes.
Dave Ruid, USDA Wildlife Services
Dave Ruid is the Assistant District Supervisor for the USDA/Wildlife Services program and is based in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. He has
worked for the USDA/Wildlife Services program for 18 years and during the last 6 years has been coordinating wolf depredation management
work in northern Wisconsin.
Rudy and Martha Erickson, Rumar Farm
Martha has been raising sheep on Rumar Farm since 1963 when Rudy gave her a small flock of sheep for her birthday. Rudy spent 27 years as
Director of Farm Operations for the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and worked with many Sheep Organizations over the years. This
gave Martha forty-four years with many experiences in the sheep industry and she enjoys sharing her knowledge with youth and beginning
Rudy earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in animal science from the UW-Madison. In addition to overseeing operations of the UW-River Falls
two lab farms, Rudy also held a part-time UW-Extension appointment as a state livestock specialist. In that role, he taught sheep clinics and
shearing schools, as well as judging county fair livestock and carcass shows.
Today, Rudy and Martha continue to raise Targhee sheep and beef cattle at Rumar Farm near Wilson, Wisconsin. Rudy serves on the boards of
the Mid-State Wool Growers Cooperative, Wisconsin Cattlemen's Association, the Northern Wisconsin Beef Producers, and St. Croix County
4-H Breeding Stock and Meat Animal Committees.
Ashley Huibregtse, 61st Alice in Dairyland
Ashley Huibregtse is serving as the 61st Alice in Dairyland. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where she earned her
degree in Elementary Education and Communications.
Ashley grew up in Plymouth on her family's dairy farm and she was very active in Sheboygan County 4-H and the Plymouth FFA Chapter.
Prior to becoming Wisconsin‟s Agricultural Ambassador, worked as an event coordinator for First Lady Doyle, organized the annual
Governor‟s Egg Hunt and served as a Cowstodian with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Cow Parade.
Additionally, Ashley was involved with the Association of Women in Agriculture (AWA) and Badger Dairy Club (BDC). Huibregtse honed
her communication skills as the 2005 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair and UW Homecoming Court Representative.
During her year as „Alice,‟ Ashley plans to use her education experience and strong communication skills to educate urban and rural audiences
across Wisconsin about the importance of our state‟s diverse agriculture industry in our daily lives. As a $51.5 billion industry, there‟s a lot to
learn and share about Wisconsin‟s signature industry – Agriculture.
With a long history of media appeal dating back to 1948, Alice in Dairyland is an impressive professional effective in educating the public
about all aspects of Wisconsin‟s agricultural industry. Alice is a one-year contractual position with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture,
Trade and Consumer Protection (WDATCP).
Under the direction of the WDATCP Division of Agricultural Development, she travels nearly 40,000 miles throughout the state and
surrounding areas promoting Wisconsin‟s agricultural industry and its impact on the state economy. Alice coordinates and conducts a large
number of media interviews with television, radio, and print publications. She develops and delivers speeches for numerous urban and rural
events and also gives presentations at over one hundred schools. Alice in Dairyland is Wisconsin‟s Agricultural Ambassador.