I was a 4-H member in Sonoma, California in the 1960s and I raised Southdowns, a breed of sheep. They were small, and really cute, However I showed sheep at the Cow Palace in San Francisco and discovered I needed sheep that would breed out of season so I got a Dorset.
After high School in 1971 I went to Santa Rosa Junior College and I took Animal Science classes. I was on the college Livestock judging team. John Edwards was the professor - an awesome teacher!
Then I joined the Navy in 1975 and had to sell all my animals.
When I got out of the service I moved to Owosso, Michigan and was able to get some sheep.
I started with my first Border Leicesters from breeder and it turn out the sheep I bought from her had OPP. and I had to start over. Very sad
I bought two ewes from another breeder from Canada and started over.
After I was sure I didn't have o.p.p. any more I started raising Lincolns.and then Bluefaced Leicesters.
Then Angora goats which are not any thing like sheep. LOL