Richard Ehrhardt grew up in Wisconsin as an avid 4Her showing sheep all over the place and graduating from UW Madison. His interest in all things sheep took him overseas for a study progam in New Zealand and Australia to learn about wool growth, neonatal mortality and large flock management. This led him to Cornell University to learn more about nutrition, physiology and molecular biology; all the while working with sheep. He also became interested in commercial sheep farming over the years partly instilled through his experiences shearing on large farms. He started his own farm of 350 ewes on an accelerated lambing program which he moved to Michigan when he accepted a position as the MSU small ruminant specialist in 2009.