Our March/April 2018 issue of sheep! is NOW AVAILABLE, featuring stories that answer questions like, how can I market my raw fleeces? Learn why this magazine is the leading source for sheep information for the modern flockmaster seeking to raise sheep for profit or personal use.
Some of our readers have two or three wool sheep that they shear so they can spin the wool and use it themselves. Others own large commercial flocks whose meat and milk they sell all over the world. And still others are somewhere in between. The one thing they have in common is that they all need help solving the inevitable problems that arise when sheep farming. And so we give it to them critical sheep information every issue! You’ll quickly discover that sheep! makes your life better no matter what your interests are, no matter how many sheep you own, and no matter how long you’ve been raising them.
In this issue of sheep!:
Filling Fiber Artists’ Palettes By Virginia Scholomiti
Shepherds with small flocks are producing a wonderful array of wool fibers in a palette full of colors and textures. Taking that fleece to a local wool festival to sell, or marketing it directly to customers can be difficult for the shepherd who has no experience in the world of fiber arts. This niche market is quite different from the bulk wholesale market where wool is graded and packed up with other fibers of similar qualities and then heads out to large industrial mills. Fiber artists judge each fleece on its individual merits and characteristics and each must stand on its own. Learn tips and suggestions for making sure you put your best fleeces forward to represent you and your flock.
Skoog Gotlands: Artistry in Pelts Crowns Meat & Wool Sales By Tim King
High-value products made from Gotland lamb pelts add significantly to the value of the sales at Anette and Martin Skoog’s Hernando, Florida-based: Skoog’s Sheep and Cattle Company. “We make a lot of things from the pelts, such as blankets, pillows, scarves, capes, vests, slippers, and hats,” Anette says. “We’ll launch a more modern collection of wearable and non-wearable fiber items during 2018. The fiber is also in high demand, so we sell a lot of wool and roving from our Gotlands to hand spinners.
Victorian Farmstead: Nuggest Discovered in Marketing Top Notch Local Sheep Markets 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 for just $5 a head. The-way-below cost, start-up price has a story that details a 30-year family friendship.
Blessing the Woolies: At Trailing of Sheep Fest By Mike Patterson
Shortly before he stood to face-to-face with 1,000+ head of sheep, swarming toward him on a Sunday in mid-October, the Rev. Ken Brannon told his congregation that “every year it’s a miracle I don’t die” in a stampede on Main Street. But as he has for the past decade, Brannon survived the onslaught of woolies and performed his annual duty of blessing the frisky ruminants as they flowed around him in a parade through downtown Ketchum. The occasion was the Trailing of the Sheep Festival, held each October in Ketchum, Sun Valley and neighboring Hailey, Idaho. The year 2017 marked the 21st annual festival and drew more than 25,000 spectators from dozens of states and several foreign countries.
More Sheep Farming Information in the March/April 2018 issue of sheep!:
• Scribblings: Early Pastures Tell All: Hints to Alert Growers
• sheep! Photo Contest
• Meeting of Minds
~ Hydatid Disease Brought In By Unscreened Imported Wolves?
~ “Pay for Success”—USDA Invests in Innovative Funding Model
~ Maximize Yields On Old Stand Alfalfa Fields
~ EBVs Take the Risk Out of Breeding Choices
~ Three Beginner to Advanced Sheep Shearing Courses Offered
Hair Sheep Report
Sheep May Safely Graze: Removing Red Foxes with Cage Traps
Book Review: David E. Brown’s The Wolf in the Southwest
Poor Will’s sheep! Almanack
~ Paying Ranchers for Losses Helps Nuisance Wildlife Thrive
~ Feeding Biodiesel Residues Makes Better Lamb
~ Public Lands Grazing Fees 2018
~ Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan Details
~ Developing New Markets: Lamb Ham Preferred to All Others
~ Receive Free Heritage Breed Ewes
~ Drones to Ease Sheep Toil?
~ Aussies Push for “Accurate Prediction of Consumer Satisfaction”
~ Leader Sheep on the Rise
~ Calls to Cheapen & Improve Output
Farm to Fork: Roasted Rack of Lamb
sheep! Breeders & Classifieds
ON THE COVER:
Photo taken by Maggie Perry, of Brookfield, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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