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Managing a Small Flock

February 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST


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Thinking about getting some sheep? Or wanting to know how to manage your small flock better?

Humans have long used dogs to help manage our flocks of sheep. There are fewer and fewer large flocks managed by lifelong farmers. However many people are interested in sheep dog training and want access to sheep specifically to train their dogs. Folks can also enjoy the many other benefits of owning sheep – meat, wool and picturesque lawn mowers.  Owning sheep can be extremely rewarding but are not a small commitment and their welfare must always be a primary concern.

In this fireside Zoom chat we will walk through some of the considerations and point you to some resources so that you can enjoy your flock right from the start and avoid common mistakes that first time sheep owners make.

Covid permitting and based on whether people are interested, we hope to follow up with an on-farm event in Southern Vermont to give you some hands on experience in late April or early June.

We will touch on:

  • land options: what kind of land do you need and how to find it (owned, rented, borrowed),
  • owning sheep with other people or borrowing sheep,
  • what kind of sheep to get for your situation and how to evaluate potential sheep
  • necessary feed, housing, fencing
  • health care, parasites and bio-security
  • humane treatment of sheep
  • costs and economic realities
  • producing meat, wool, for yourself, others? Finding the people to process what you raise.
  • disposition of sheep
  • protection from predators
  • to lamb or not to lamb
  • finding local resources to help you on your way
  • internet resources
  • groups that can help you along the way
  • books and other resources.

Liz started her sheep adventures sharing sheep with some other folks on rented private land. She moved part of the flock to some public land and participated in an invasive species management program before taking the plunge and buying a farm! She has a flock of 60 sheep (plans to expand), two working border collies and a retired one. She produces meat and wool. She hosts sheep dog clinics and trials. She and her dog Poe love to do herding demonstrations for local fairs.  All of her sheep adventures have been in the northeast so she is most familiar with the challenges of raising sheep in New England.

The workshop is open to anyone interested in the topic. We are asking for a nominal $10 to cover the cost of our Zoom subscription and the remainder will go towards the care of our flock. You will be provided with some resource sheets as a part of the seminar.



February 13
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST



Morse Brook Farm 2019