The mission of the Sheep Teaching Farm is to provide facilities, livestock, and instruction for undergraduate education and extension outreach programs on sheep production and flock management.
The Sheep Teaching Farm is one that is steeped in tradition and excellence. Iowa State University has been exhibiting sheep at the highest levels of competition since the very beginnings of livestock shows in the United States. Iowa State University's interest in sheep production dates back to the turn of the 20th century. The first breeds raised at Iowa State University were Cotswolds, Oxfords, Merinos, Southdowns, Shropshires and Hampshires. Iowa State College began exhibiting sheep in 1912 at International Livestock Exposition in Chicago, showing Oxford and Southdown wethers. Over the years, ISU has also raised Suffolks and Ramboulliets. ISU is proud to still maintain the oldest registered Hampshire flock in the United States. The farm still continues to raise productive and competitive breeding stock today.