Portraits: Steven "Skip" AndersonFor Steven “Skip” Anderson, going to his job doesn’t feel like work.
By: Carrie Snyder, INFORUM
For Steven “Skip” Anderson, going to his job doesn’t feel like work. The shepherd at North Dakota State University can’t get enough of sheep. “It’s easy to go to work when it’s your passion,” said the 26-year-old Anderson. Anderson, who grew up around sheep on a small hobby farm in Juneau, Wis., has been the full-time shepherd at NDSU since last September. “I enjoy reading sheep magazines, studying sheep pedigrees, and going to sheep shows,” he said. Anderson’s job is to care for the more than 350 sheep at the NDSU Sheep Research Facility. He also assists with teaching NDSU students animal science. January to March is Anderson’s busy time, as the sheep give birth to nearly 300 lambs. “Some people fish, some people collect cars, I breed sheep,” Anderson said.