Saegertown High School senior Austin Brown might make a career out of his "extreme" hobby.
Austin Brown is all about sheep.
He's raised them for as long as he can remember. He has a dozen supreme champion trophies in his house. His cellphone ring tone is the sound of bleating sheep. And he's really busy right now.
Spring is lambing season. He has 49 to look after, feeding them twice a day, keeping up on vaccinations. At his family's farm in Hayfield Township, Crawford County, the lambs have almost doubled the size of his flock to 113 sheep.
"It's a hobby that went extreme," said Brown, 17, a senior at Saegertown High School. He's planning to study animal science next fall at Penn State University.
About half of the lambs will be sold for meat. The rest will be bred into other area flocks. Brown will show the best 12 later this year at regional fairs.
The best parts about raising sheep are the genetics and breeding options.
"You have ... white sheep, black sheep. There's big and small," he said. "It's almost like playing with Play-Doh."
Christopher Millette can be reached at 870-1712 or by email. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/ETNmillette.