Education Technology

Sheep Selection Program

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

Students perform one-variable statistical analysis on birth weight data of a flock of sheep.
Primary emphasis in a sheep selection program should be based on the number of lambs born and weaned per ewe exposed (permitted to mate with a ram during a specific time frame determined by the shepherd, usually a 50 to 60 day period).

Before the Activity

Teacher preparation
Make copies of the activity.
Ask students if they have access to similar types of data from their farm.

During the Activity

Complete attached activity.

After the Activity

Activity extension
Analyze data sets from other types of animals.
Research the occurrence of twinning or multiple births in other types of animals.