1. ACQUIRING THE SHEEP
a. what breed?
Icelandic are a hardy breed -- chosen locally by http://www.awesomefarmny.com/
do more research on endangered breeds: http://www.albc-usa.org/
I emailed Mike Thonney at CCE: http://www.sheep.cornell.edu/sheep/
Mike says: Dorsets, Southdowns, or Finnsheep
breed is not very important as long as they aren't slow growers
sent email to Jennifer L. Fimbel at CCE Dutchess County
asking Owen at Awesome Farm...
sent email to Common Threads Farm asking...
sent email to Dancing Lamb Farm and Icelandic Sheep Dairy
posted a want ad on http://sheepgoatmarketing.info/ 4/7/08
c. how much?
d. how many?
at least 2 for company, many farms offer discounts at 3 or more
e. how to transport them?
several lambs could easily fit in my hatchback honda, with some cardboard & blankets
portable electric "net" fencing
grass should be 2" to 6" for optimal grazing
native grass ok, alfalfa, orchard grass, sweet clover, ladino, timothy, all fine
it would be good to get a few bales of nice hay to supplement them at first & for emergencies
& a little grain for training purposes
some kind of bucket/trough needed and a long hose, maybe a wagon to carry it around
salt block/ source of minerals
it is very difficult to control internal parasites in sheep without using chemical dewormers.
Regarding sheep health, please have a look at:http://www.sheep.cornell.edu/sheep/management/health/index.htmlespecially the information on sheep and goat anthelmintics:http://www.sheep.cornell.edu/sheep/management/health/btanthelmintics2005/index.html
provide some tree shade or portable shade structure at all times
- learn how to slaughter humanely & dress the meat
- find someone who has done it before to help me!
- eat the meat myself & share with friends & family
(from the Library of Congress): sheep grazing on the South Lawn of the White House, c.1919, as part of wartime cost reductions !