Breeder of Purebred and Wether Sheep
North Manchester, IN
Tom Slack started his purebred and wether sheep flock when he was just seven years old. He turned his sheep hobby into a livelihood after completing his 10 years in 4-H and becoming a State and National 4-H Achievement winner. He was on the Purdue Livestock Judging Team and high sheep individual at the North American and second overall in Chicago, while majoring in Industrial Arts at Purdue University. He started with 15 ewes after college and taught high school for three years before making his passion for the breeding quality sheep his livelihood. Now, he has the largest Suffolk flock in the state.
Tom's program embraces modernization and change. He is an earlier adopter and innovators of technologies to improve the production and quality of his sheep and customer relations. He utilizes artificial insemination and embryo transfer to further advance his breeding program and social media to educate and assist his customer base. His "Formula for Champions " sale started in 1979 and continues today. It is the largest single producer club lamb sale east of the Mississippi River. This master breeder's attention to detail and understanding of genetics has allowed him to breed and merchandize champion sheep in a multitude of state and national shows. He has set several show and sale records in different breeds of sheep at Sedalia and other venues around the country.
Tom's enthusiasm for the sheep industry and youth projects is contagious. He is always willing to take extra time with new breeders and well as the experienced sheep person. His leadership in the industry has led to many improvements at the Indiana State Fair and other industry related events.
Congratulations and thank you for your impact on the sheep industry and the agricultural youth of this country.