REGINA - Advanced Education Minister Don Morgan says it's up to the University of Saskatchewan to determine what number of animals are needed on campus.

The university said last week that it will sell its flock of 300 sheep because it needs to save money — the school is facing a projected $44.5-million deficit in its operating budget by 2016.

Morgan says the university is looking at many ways to save money and the province doesn't tell them how to do it.

New Democrat Warren McCall, who raised the issue in the legislature, argues the university has been forced to cut the program because it doesn't get enough money from the province.

Sheep have been on the campus since 1911 and the College of Agriculture launched a class on sheep this past term.

The University of Saskatchewan says it will buy sheep as needed for future teaching and research.

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  • In this photo taken on Friday, June 29, 2012, Siberian tiger cub Plyusha and Shar Pei puppy Fighter play in the house of Yekaterina Khodakova, whose Shar Pei dog Cleopatra is breastfeeding Plyusha and her sibling Clyopa in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The cubs were born in late May in a small zoo at the Oktryabsky resport in Sochi, but their mother refused to feed them. Fewer than 400 Siberian tigers have survived in the wild, most of them in the cedar forests of Russia's Far East. (AP Photo/Igor Yakunin)

  • A baby gorilla lays on its mother Rebecca on July 12, 2012 at the zoo in Frankfurt/M., western Germany. The gender of the animal, born on July 10, 2012 and still nameless, is not yet known. AFP PHOTO / FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN

  • In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 photo, a researcher stands near seven panda cubs, all born in 2012, at the Chengdu Panda Base in Chengdu, in southwestern China's Sichuan province. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

  • A zookeeper holds a Amur tiger cub (Panthera tigris altaica), also known as the Siberian tiger, during weighing in the Leipzig Zoo in Leipzig, central Germany Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Two Amur tiger babies were born on July 20, 2012. The still nameless tigers have achieved a weight of about 9 kilogram in the meantime. The Amur tiger is the largest living felid. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

  • A baby baboon monkey (Papio hamadryas), born in captivity two months ago, plays with its father at the zoo in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia, on January 11, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Luis ROBAYO

  • The three tiger cubs Mila, Finja and Jegor play in their compound at the zoo in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, March 8, 2012. (AP Photo/dapd, Roberto Pfeil)

  • A five-week-old aardvark inspects his surroundings after a routine examination at the Chicago Zoological Society's Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • In a Tuesday, March 6, 2012 photo provided by the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, a newborn clouded leopard cub is hand-fed at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Wash. An endangered clouded leopard gave birth to two healthy cubs, a male and a female. Zoo staff will hand-raise the cubs for the cubsí safety and will invite the public to vote on the cubsí names once the cubs are more settled. (AP Photo/Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium)

  • A baby baboon monkey (<em>Papio hamadryas</em>), born in captivity two months ago, eats a flower at the zoo in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia, on January 11, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Luis ROBAYO

  • A baby howler monkey clutches his mother in its enclosure in the zoo Berlin on January 3, 2012. The young monkey was born on December 31, 2011 and weighs 200 gramms. AFP PHOTO / Sebastian Kahnert

  • Seven weeks old Java male leopard Arjuna, left, and female leopard Sri Kandi, are pictured during their official presentation at the Tierpark Zoo in Berlin, Germany, Monday, March 5, 2012. The mother of the cubs, Shinta, was born at the Taman Safari park in Indonesia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • A Japanese macaque mounting Shishiro, a five-year-old Japanese wild boar, plays in their cage at Hamura Zoo in Tokyo Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

  • A lemur looks up in an enclosure at the 'ZOOM' Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany on March 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

  • Twin polar bears, born three months ago in the Dutch Ouwehands Dierenpark zoo in Rhenen, play on February 29, 2012 outdoors for the first time since their birth. AFP PHOTO / ANP / ERIK VAN 'T WOUD

  • French bulldog named Baby, left, attends the feeding of wild boar piglets at the Lehnitz animal sanctuary outside Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Six little pigs have found a new friend in a maternal French bulldog named Baby. The Lehnitz animal sanctuary outside Berlin says Baby took straight to the wild boar piglets when they were brought in Saturday, three days old and shivering from cold. Sanctuary worker Norbert Damm said Wednesday as soon as the furry striped piglets were brought in, Baby ran over and started snuggling them and keeping them warm, even though they're already about her size. He says the piglets' mother was likely killed by a hunter and the litter was found abandoned in a forest. The piglets are being bottlefed right now and should be released to an animal sanctuary when they can feed themselves in about three months. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • A ring-tailed lemur and her two cubs discover the enclosure at the zoo in Marlow, eastern Germany, on May 10, 2012. AFP PHOTO / BERND WUSTNECK

  • A Tasmanian devil cub tries to bite his way out of a small bag during an event marking the National Endangered Species Day in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. The National Threatened Species Day is a community action and an education event aimed at highlighting vulnerable Australian animals and and what can be done in our daily lives to save them. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

  • Two endangered clouded leopard cubs were introduced to the media at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Friday, March 23, 2012. The two-week-old cubs will make their public debut on Saturday, March 24, with appearances every during their daily feeding times, currently 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The public will have an opportunity to vote on the cubs

  • A rescued seal recovers in a pool at the Pieterburen Seal Rehabilitation and Research Centre in Groningen, on January 16, 2012. More than 350 seals were stranded in de Waddenzee after a heavy storm two weeks ago. Pieterburen is a non-profit foundation that rescued 6366 seals since the opening in 1971. AFP PHOTO Anoek de Groot

  • Marina Arguello, the chief of Nicaragua's National Zoo poses with a three week-old female jaguar, in her home near the zoo, in Masaya department, about 20 km south of Managua, on January 25 2012. AFP PHOTO / ELMER MARTINEZ

  • In this photo taken on Friday, June 29, 2012, Siberian tiger cub Plyusha and Shar Pei puppy Fighter play in the house of Yekaterina Khodakova, whose Shar Pei dog Cleopatra is breastfeeding Plyusha and her sibling Clyopa in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The cubs were born in late May in a small zoo at the Oktryabsky resport in Sochi, but their mother refused to feed them. Fewer than 400 Siberian tigers have survived in the wild, most of them in the cedar forests of Russia's Far East. (AP Photo/Igor Yakunin)

  • A visitor takes pictures of a giraffe at the zoo in Duisburg, western Germany, on January 2, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ROLAND WEIHRAUCH

  • GROSS KREUTZ, GERMANY - JANUARY 27: A merino lamb only a few days old stands in a pen at the Educational and Reserach Station for Animal Breeding (Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt fuer Tierzucht und Tierhaltung, or LVAT) in Brandenburg state on January 27, 2012 in Gross Kreutz, Germany. Hundreds of lambs have been born at the LVAT in recent weeks in the midst of the station's lambing season. Many of the lambs will be sold just before Easter, when they will have grown to a weight of over 40kg, as lamb is the traditional German Easter meal. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • A baby rhinoceros runs through its enclosure on January 12, 2012 at the zoo in Magdeburg, eastern Germany. The little black rhinoceros was born on Christmas 2011 at the zoo. AFP PHOTO / HENDRIK SCHMIDT

  • A five-year old buffalo is seen at the National Zoo in Masaya department, Nicaragua on January 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ELMER MARTINEZ

  • NOV 19 2012 PHOTO

    In this photo provided by the Little Rock Zoo and taken Nov.19, 2012, a three-week old African penguin is held in Little Rock, Ark. The bird, hatched at the zoo Oct. 30, 2012, will not be exhibited until it is about 70 days old or if its parents allow it to wander out of the nest. (AP Photo/Little Rock Zoo, Stephanie Hollister)

  • A jaguar remains at the National Zoo in Masaya department, Nicaragua on January 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ELMER MARTINEZ

  • SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 13: In this handout photo provided by Hausmann Communications, Koalas sit at a table set for breakfast at Wild Life Sydney, on January 13, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. After a spate of warm weather Sydney is returning to its unseasonable summer, with showers and temperatures in the low 20s forecast all week. (Photo by Tim Marshall/Merlin Entertainments via Getty Images)

  • BEAUVAL, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: Yuan Zi, a male giant panda and Huan Huan, a female giant panda, share their life inside their enclosure at Zoo Parc De Beauval on January 25, 2012 in Beauval, France. A pair of giant pandas which have been loaned to the zoo by China, where they hope the pair will reproduce and help boost the world's dwindling panda population. (Photo by Franck Prevel/Getty Images)

  • A squirrel curls up to protect itself from freezing daytime temperatures which have dropped to minus 15 degrees Celsius in Warsaw's central Lazienki Park, on January 31, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI

  • A picture taken on February 2, 2012, shows a cheetah at the Amneville zoo, eastern France. AFP PHOTO JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN

  • A camel is covered in snow at the Ouwehands Dierenpark zoo in Rhenen, on February 3, 2012, after the first snowfall of the year. AFP PHOTO / ANP / KOEN VAN WEEL

  • BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 06: Polar bears lie on ice in their outdoor enclosure at the Berlin Zoo on February 6, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Temperatures plummeted to -25 degrees Celsius in Berlin as the current cold front that has claimed over 200 lives in eastern Europe makes its way west. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • A juvenile De Brazza's monkey eats fruit at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens on February 10, 2012. De Brazza's monkey is found in various African countries, located near water and also in areas of dense vegetation. AFP PHOTO / Antony DICKSON

  • A woman feeds a bird in one of the parks if the center of Kiev on February, 6, 2012 after heavy snowfalls. Ukraine on Monday blamed alcohol abuse as the main cause of deaths caused by a spell of abnormally cold weather that has claimed at least 135 lives over the last 10 days. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY

  • The female panda Huan-Huan, one of the two giant pandas recently arrived from China, is pictured on February 18, 2012 at the Beauval zoo in Saint-Aignan, central France, as part of the public opening. AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARD

  • A squirrel runs with a tangerine along a fence at a garden in residential neighborhood in Woodland Hills, California on February 21, 2012 . AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR

  • Palle-Jooseppi, a male brown bear of Ranua Zoo, wakes up after winter hibernation in Ranua on February 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEHTIKUVA / Kaisa Siren

  • LIMBRIDGE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: A duck swims on a lake at the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre on January 16, 2012 in Slimbridge, England. Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Gloucestershire are expecting the recent cold snap to bring a late influx of wintering birds onto its reserves encouraged by the drop of temperatures to complete the last leg of their migration over to the UK. The unseasonable weather has led to lower numbers of swans, geese and ducks, arriving at the sanctuary because they have managed to remain further north thanks to the mild weather conditions throughout western Europe. It has also led to large flocks of waders choosing to stay in bigger numbers than in the recent colder winters (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • A baby giraffe, only a few days old, stands next to her mother Santana in an enclosure at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden on February 24, 2012. The 170 cm tall baby giraffe was born a week ago. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK

  • Meerkats relax under a heating light during cold temperatures in the Erfurt zoo, central Germany, Thursday, March 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

  • A baby joey hangs out in the pouch of Skippy, a six-year-old red kangaroo, at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • A baby baboon only a few days old, stands next to its mother in an enclosure at the 'ZOOM' Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany on March 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

  • A baby giraffe named Kimarie, only a few days old, stands next to her mother Marie in an enclosure at the 'ZOOM' Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany on March 12, 2012. The 170 cm tall baby giraffe was born 3 days ago. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

  • A mother polar bear plays with one of her three cubs born in last November, at the Moscow Zoo, on March 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANDREY SMIRNOV

  • One-month-old Sumatran tigers, Danny, Denar and Diana are posing for pictures and practicing roaring at the zoo in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, March 22, 2012 during their weekly weight checking. The two males and one female were born Feb. 18 and spend the time in a cage with their mother, with a brief break each week for the weighing and a photo session. They will take their first walk in late April. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

  • Thor, left, and Boo, two of three orphaned grizzly bear cubs that came to the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Mich., from Alaska in December wrestle, Thursday, March 22, 2012. The cubs spent the winter "denned up" as they would in the wild. The 14-month-old brothers explored their new habitat, including having a dip in the 6-foot-deep pool and doing a little rough-housing. The three were orphaned in October and captured by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game after their mother was shot and killed by a poacher. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • A robin pulls a worm from the ground on a rainy Friday afternoon, March 23, 2012 in a grassy area just north of Zoo Beach in Racine, Wis. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Scott Anderson)

  • Two-month-old Charlees, whose name is Hindi for Charlie, made her public debut at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

  • SUMOTO, HYOGO, JAPAN - MARCH 26: A 19-year-old Japanese macaque monkey named Monday sneezes while suffering an allergy to pollen from the cedar tree, at Awajishima Monkey Center on March 26, 2012 in Sumoto, Hyogo, Japan. Some twenty monkeys are suffering the effects of hay fever at this time of the year, with the typical symptoms being the same as with humans. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

  • SUMOTO, HYOGO, JAPAN - MARCH 26: A 19-year-old Japanese macaque monkey named Monday scratches her eyes while suffering an allergy to pollen from the cedar tree, at Awajishima Monkey Center on March 26, 2012 in Sumoto, Hyogo, Japan. Some twenty monkeys are suffering the effects of hay fever at this time of the year, with the typical symptoms being the same as with humans. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)