Our July/August 2018 issue of sheep! is NOW AVAILABLE, featuring stories on wool as yarn, herding dog challenges, and much more! 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!:
Your Wool as Yarn, Wool Knowledge Is Power 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 the uses for wool but a good one to start with. Before you can think of assessing the fiber your flock produces to figure out how best to market it to spinners, you need at least a nodding acquaintance with some of the terms and technicalities of what spinning is all about.
All About the Wool, Windsong Farm By Jacqueline Harp
Extracting value from sheep is of concern to every shepherd. When you run across a successful sheep-to-customer business model, you take notice! At the Ithaca Farmers Market in Ithaca, New York, with its reputation for hosting only local farmers and artisans in organic and responsible production for over four decades, one vendor prominently featured high-quality items from all aspects of sheep: Windsong Farm.
Windsong Farm Scarf Pattern and Photos by Karen Stern
One of a kind scarf raw materials. Hand-painted roving and washed locks. Hand-pained roving spins to beautiful color effects. Washed locks provide eye-catching variety.
Two Typical Herding Dog Challenges, Getting a Stop & Going to Sheep 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 discouraged: I hear all the time the frustrated moan, “He knows that.” Once a dog’s instincts kick in, little things like not pulling on a leash, coming when called, lying down, etc., are forgotten. I have had titled obedience dogs pulling their owners through the pasture and ignoring “lie down” commands.
More Sheep Farming Information in the July/August 2018 issue of sheep!:
• Scribblings: Sheep Start-Up Profits, Initial Potential
• sheep! Photo Contest
• Meeting of Minds
~ Red Wolf Redux & Recent Predator Expansions
~ Top 20 Nations’ Meat Stats
~ Big-Ribbed Ewe Correction
~ Parasite Resistant Hair Sheep in the Old Dominion
~ Life Without Milk: Six Tips for Smooth Weaning
~ How To Do A Breed Census!
~ Last Chance for USDA to Fund Your Herding Dog Training?
~ Wildfire and Weeds: 5 Things Ranchers Should Know
Hair Sheep Report
Sheep May Safely Graze: Endangered Species, Wolves, and the Taxonomy Game
Poor Will’s sheep! Almanack
Does One Border Collie Equal Six Men? (A Never Published Poor Will Interview from 2003)
~ Ohio State U.: Feeding Methods & Effect on Consumer Acceptance
~ Ohio Wool Judging Tips
~ Raising Mild Mutton? Try Dry Aging. (Soon to Be Imported) Be Ready
~ “Why Is Lamb-Consumption Declining in Australia?”
~ Another South African Farmer Being Murdered Every Week
~ Mandatory ID Has Again Led to Crippling EID Mandates
~ Scanning to Predict Lambing Date
~ LA On Lab-Grown “Meats”
~ Cheapskate Scrapie Program Now to Only Supply Hazardous Metal Tags
~ Aussies: “U.S. Lamb Fetches Twice What Our Consumers Pay”
sheep! Breeders & Classifieds
ON THE COVER:
“Smallest Sheep Fan,” by Kady Fugere, of St. Paul, Oregon.
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