Sheep

Shannon Creek Ranch

By Alan Harman Deep in the heart of cattle country, Joseph Hubbard, at age 30 a 20-year sheep-producing veteran, is helping groom a new breed of sheep producers. Unit manager …

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Two Typical Herding Dog Challenges

By Denice Rackley Like all the other things a pup has learned before flock work, lessons usually need to be relearned when introduced to working live sheep. So don’t get …

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Your Wool as Yarn

By Virginia Scholomiti Let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of understanding where and how your fleece may fit into a hand spinner’s palette. This is just one of …

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Sheep Guide Flip Book

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Valais Blacknose Coming to the U.S.

By Alan Harman Originating from Switzerland, Valais Blacknose are a world heritage breed with an estimated global population of just 13,000 or 14,000, verging on an endangered species. Retired New …

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Wool Knowledge is Power

By Virginia Scholomiti Except Where Noted, Photos Courtesy of www.shepherdstalk.com Small niche markets for wool are not only well established but growing. This factor can be a great opportunity for …

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5 Critical Sheep Breeds for the Homestead
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

Raised for their hides, meat, milk, and wool, sheep are versatile. In addition to providing a local source of food and fiber, small flock owners are looking to support livestock conservation …

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Filling Fiber Artists’ Palettes

By Virginia Scholomiti www.shepherdstalk.com In looking for materials for their next creation, fiber artists and craftsmen seek to purchase raw fleeces to use “as is,” or to process themselves by …

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Victorian Farmstead

By Alan Harman When Adam and Laura Parks were launching their northern California-based meat business in 2010, Twister Hill Ranch owner Bruce McGlochlin sold them their first load of sheep …

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Balancing Sheep & Calling Off Dogs

By Denice Rackley, www.clearfieldstockdogs.com In previous articles, we have covered the basics needed to give our stock dog a great foundation that will enable us to be great working partners: …

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Paired to Perfection

By Jacqueline Harp Can flock owners find synergies between the marketing of their lamb or mutton and the marketing done by the wine industry in their locality, state, or region? …

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Barbados Blackbelly Sheep: Back From the Brink of Extinction

By Carol Elkins, Founder Consortium of Barbados Blackbelly Sheep Breeders In 2004, there were fewer than 100 Barbados Blackbelly sheep in the U.S. It took a while for breeders to …

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Adding New Dogs Into an Existing Livestock Guardian Dog Pack

By Brenda M. Negri In my previous article (“The Aging LGD: Caring for Senior Livestock Guardian Dogs,” sheep!, September/October, 2017, p. 36), we saw how important it is to bring …

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The Care of Aging Guardian Dogs

By Brenda M. Negri Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD) research studies have shown that a working LGD often suffers a short lifespan, the average full time working flock protector dying well …

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Alabama’s Dayspring Dairy: Startup From Scratch

By Tim King Starting an on-farm sheep dairy from scratch is a daunting challenge but it can be done: Greg and Ana Kelly, of Dayspring Dairy near Gallant, Alabama, are proof …

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