A curious farmer asking questions, learning and sharing stories about everything sheep, lamb and wool. For old pros, newbies or anyone wanting to know more about farming!
James Corcoran - Aussie sheep production and capturing the 1%'s
James and his family manage the Gooramma Poll Dorset Stud in Southeastern Australia. This progressive operation focuses on production and terminal traits to produce quality meat lambs for commercial producers. We cover all thingd Aussie sheep and lamb from how our seasons are opposite and capturing those all important 1% gains to improve the flock. Follow James on social media through "Gooramma Poll Dorset Stud" and check out their website www.gooramma.com.au.
Ursina the Number Cruncher and Planner
Ursina and Andrew manage a flock of 200 Katahdin sheep in Shawville, Quebec. When not busy farming Ursina is an accountant and has a knack for business planning and seeing big picture ideas. She's channeled her number sense into a great website and resource to help farmers start and grow this business. Website - https://farmingfrontiers.ca/; Facebook - The Farming Frontiers; Ontario Sheep Farmers Economic Workbook - https://www.ontariosheep.org/business-management; OMAFRA Farm Business Decision Tool - http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/busdev/downtown.htm; OMAFRA Business Plan Tools - http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/busdev/newentrant/sec4.htm
Jim & Josh Bennett - From Moo to Baa and Working With Family
Jim and his son Josh manage a large flock of commercial sheep. We chat about their transition from dairy farmers to sheep wrestlers. Farming with family and employees is also a topic we should all pay attention too. Catch Jim on twitter at @JimBen71220505 to see the farm and his sheep updates.
Drew Tyler - Pushing Sheep Production
Drew is a farmer who pushes limits and ideas. Prolific ewes, pushing weight gains and milk production. We also chat about the Beef Farmers of Ontario BUILD program that he participated in, industry insights and #cookingwithdrew. Follow Drew on Twitter @DrewTyler_.
Laurie Maus - Looking at Sheep Poo
Laurie Maus is a guru of all things sheep, science and poo. Laurie and her husband Bob have been sheep farmers for a number or years and have always used science to help improve the farm; through genetic evaluations to improve stock or biology to improve health. Laurie has been doing a great job helping other producers learn about sheep parasites and how to manage them better. Her No Sheep Sherlock Parasite Management training covers all kinds of aspects of looking at sheep poo and flock health. The No Sheep Sherlock: http://www.hawkhillfarm.ca/services.htm
OVC Parasite Managment Handbook: https://www.ontariosheep.org/uploads/userfiles/files/Parasite%20Handbook_April_2019%20updated_reduced.pdf
Parasite Management: https://www.wormx.info/
FAMACHA Scoring: https://web.uri.edu/sheepngoat/famacha/
Sara Sheep Lady - Cooperation, Flexibility and Story Telling
Sara and her family operate a ranch in Montana. From dressing up her goats and lambs and marketing their products to consumers Sara has a great story and insight to the sheep industry. Check out the ranch at www.hollenbeckranch.com. The ranch sells theirs meats in mixed boxes from www.highfivemeats.com and through a local producer cooperative. The Yellowstone Valley Food Hub at www.yvfoodhub.com is a unique idea of working together to get more local products to consumers. Also find Sara in Instagram at @sarasheeplady for what happens day to day on the ranch and with the kids (human and animal) and lambs.