Sheep

Dual Coat Dynamics in Sheep

By Jacqueline Harp In the past, the history, legends and myths of many cultures pointed to dual-coated sheep as a key to survival — and as the backbone of whole …

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Helping Stock Dogs Remember

By Denice Rackley The last series of articles focused on our first few lessons on stock. We have been concerned about the ideal picture we were looking for and the …

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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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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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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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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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Springrock Jacobs Earn Their Keep

Featured in the July / August 2017 issue of sheep! Subscribe for more great stories. By Tim King — On a recent Sunday in early March, 19-year-old Lucy Baker and her …

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Livestock Guardian Dogs & Barking

By Brenda M. Negri — Barking is a language for all dogs, and Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD) breeds are no exception.  In fact, barking is an integral part of what …

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