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Some new folks moved into the farm just down the road the other day. And last night as I took my usual evening stroll, I stopped by to welcome them to the neighborhood. I was thrilled to see that they were moving in a small flock of sheep!

Jack and Kelsey are a young couple raising dairy sheep, and we’re a bit more “mature”, and have a few wool sheep. We’re not exactly the same, but we’re all sheep people, so I knew we’d all get along just fine. It turned out they’re actually fairly new to sheep, and bought this farm because their young flock had grown too big for their last place. So we chatted a bit about the trials and tribulations of shepherding, and I was pleased to be able to answer some of their questions.

They had one question I couldn’t answer, though. The farm they bought has a huge stand of wild blackberry bushes, and they wanted to use their sheep to browse it down – but they were worried about the nutritional value of the blackberry bushes.

Since we don’t have blackberries, I’d never given it much thought, but I seemed to remember reading something about it a month or so ago in sheep! magazine – I’ve been subscribing for about 15 years and I always find it’s absolutely packed with practical information for sheep farmers of all kinds!

Anyway, I paged through a couple of my back issues and found the answer in no time. I called Kelsey and told her what I’d learned from the sheep! experts. Yes, I told her, you can let your sheep loose in the blackberry patch, but they’ll need a little extra protein for creating milk. I also warned her that their udders could get badly scratched, so she’d have to keep an eye on those to prevent nasty infections.

She was pretty interested in my source – so I told her about sheep! and promised to drop off my copy of the latest issue so she could check it out and subscribe if she wants to (and I’m sure she’ll want to). So I was able to solve a sheep problem and help out a new neighbor, all with one issue of sheep! That’s what I call a two-fer!

− Joan B.

Dear Fellow Sheep Farmer,

And there you have it: Exactly why we publish sheep! magazine. No sheep farmer has all the answers, so we simply deliver the most knowledgeable experts on sheep health, breeding and selling in every issue to guide you through the ups and downs, answer your questions and make sure your sheep stay healthy, happy and productive, no matter what you raise them for!

There’s simply no other resource that delivers the expertise, knowledge, advice and even camaraderie among your fellow sheep lovers than sheep! does. To us, sheep aren’t just one of many small stock animals to write about. They’re the only animals we write about!

Help and advice for every sheep farmer

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 with our beloved sheep. And so we give it to them in every issue!

In short, sheep! magazine will help you …

  • Solve all kinds of problems that arise when raising sheep, from health to behavior to milking to feed
  • Share the triumphs – and tribulations – of raising sheep with people just like you
  • Raise healthy, productive sheep for wool, meat or milk
  • Protect your flock from predators and disease
  • Save money with dozens of practical DIY ideas for housing, feeding and healing your sheep
  • Earn money with our detailed ideas for raising sheep for profit
  • Enjoy the fruits of your labors every day, from wool to meat to milk to show ribbons!

And how do we do all this? Here’s just a small sample of the kind of information we publish:

  • Question and answer columns with our experts on raising, shearing and treating sheep ailments
  • Advice on choosing and raising hundreds of different breeds
  • Price reports for meat and wool
  • Up-to-date scientific breeding practices
  • Ideas on generating additional revenue from your flock
  • News on developments in sheep farming around the world
  • Information on equipment to help you raise healthy sheep
  • Advice on marketing your products
  • Photos from everyday sheep farmers just like you
  • And, of course, lots of sources for top breeders!

As you can see, 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.

Solutions to every problem, ideas for every farmer

Of course no matter how much you know about sheep, you can always learn more. In sheep! magazine, we answer all kinds of questions that can help you farm smarter, more efficiently, more productively and for less money.

For example, did you know …

… that there are now huge opportunities for added revenues in the fiber industry? Our recent look into the workings of the Green Pastures Fiber Cooperative revealed all the details, from how cooperatives work to pricing to educating the public about each grower’s unique, useful and attractive types of wool.

… that you can now learn and get certified at accurately grading wool both for yourself and for paying customers? This lets growers reap full value from the whole fleece – no more trashing of all but the prime portions of the fleece.

… that it isn’t necessary – or even wise – to use outdated “hands off” livestock guardian dogs with your flocks? The conventional wisdom that insisted on raising dogs that have never interacted with humans is being challenged by new ideas that make everyone safer, including the shepherd.

All of this information has been covered in sheep! magazine, and we continue to focus on important issues such as sheep profits, safety, health and productivity of your flock, no matter its size. Wouldn’t it make your life easier to have this kind of ongoing guidance?

We simply cover every question and challenge facing today’s sheep farmer. You don’t have to guess how to spot and treat deadly caked udders, or how to sidestep seasonal snags, or what dried up your ewes’ milk flow.

And we answer dozens of specific questions in every issue, such as …

  • How soon after lambing will an ewe come into heat?
  • Should I add DE to my flock’s feed?
  • Should I shear a sheep that’s feeling sick?
  • What’s a good recipe for a vinegar drench?
  • Why is my sheep’s wool greasier this year than it was before?
  • What should I do about ewes “stealing” other lambs?

Truly, no question is too simple or too complex. And you can learn from all of them, even if you didn’t realize you needed to know about it yet. So, I hope you see why I urge you to subscribe to sheep! right now: it makes your work – and your life – so much easier, more productive, and far less stressful.

Besides, when you join us at sheep!, you become part of our community – people just like you who understand you, share their experience with you, and enjoy your own contributions to the world of sheep farming.

Become one of us today!

Yours for the best in sheep farming,

Nathan Griffith

PS: If you’re a novice sheep producer, sheep! is perfect for you. If you’re an experienced flockmaster, sheep! is perfect for you. If you don’t believe me, check out all the topics we cover that I mentioned above. Subscribe right now!

PPS: Don’t wait to subscribe to sheep! The answer to a question you may not even know you have could be in the very next issue!