sheep-breeds

The Dorper Sheep: A Hardy Adaptable Breed
November 16, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites Would you like to raise Dorper sheep, one of the fastest growing breeds in the United States and many other countries? There is good reason for the popularity …

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Hair Sheep Breeds – The Right Choice for You?
October 29, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites Hair sheep breeds are growing in popularity as consumers look for economical ways to raise homestead meat animals. Hair breeds have many positive traits that make them an …

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5 Critical Sheep Breeds for the Homestead
October 10, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Finnsheep are the Perfect Fiber Animals

Add to Favorites By Mary O’Malley, Honeysuckle Farm johnandmaryomalley@yahoo.com An ancient variety, Finnsheep are both meat- and wool-yielding animals. Finnish sheep characteristics have been bred for thousands of years. Stentorp—the farm …

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Breed Diversity and Results of Inbreeding
June 30, 2019 · · Homesteading

In their call to preserve biodiversity, the FAO stresses the importance of preserving heritage breeds and avoiding the results of inbreeding.

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Raising Sheep for Meat – Flavor-Based Success

Add to Favorites By Alan Harman – Raising sheep for meat that are from the “land of fire and ice,” Barb Gunness’ flock of Icelandic sheep are right at home …

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Raising Miniature Goats, Cows, Chickens, and Sheep
May 2, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites What is driving the recent trend in raising miniature goats, cows, chickens, and other livestock? As more people move toward a simpler way of life, and are …

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Wool Knowledge is Power

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Filling Fiber Artists’ Palettes

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Wrap-Around Flock Success — Everything But The Baa!

Add to Favorites See more great stories in the January-February 2017 issue of sheep! magazine. By Jacqueline Harp – At the 2016 OkFiberFest in Okanogan, Washington, there was a vendor booth …

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Trials In Croppy Country, Getting Into The Game
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites Originally published in the September/October 2016 issue of sheep! magazine. By Julia Hollister The overflow crowd at the high school football field grew silent as the participants …

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Dairy Sheep – Consider Icelandic Sheep

Add to Favorites By Susan Mongold – What struck me right away when my first Icelandic sheep lambed were the similarities that these sheep had with dairy goats. I had …

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Cherishing the Natural Beauty of Icelandic Sheep

Add to Favorites By Marguerite Chisick – We discovered that Icelandic sheep were our ticket to a more sustainable way of life! It is not uncommon for people who are living …

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All About Romney Sheep

Add to Favorites By Suzan Shearin, Tennessee – Originating in the Romney Marshes of England, they were called, appropriately, Romney Marsh sheep. If you watch public television perhaps you’ve seen Romney …

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Inborn Worm Resistance In Lambs: How To Breed For It
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites Originally published in the July/August 2016 issue of sheep! magazine. By Tim King – “Parasite resistance in Katahdin hair sheep can be improved by selective breeding. That improved …

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