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Sheep Workshop for meat, dairy, wool and mowing
August 15, 2015 @ 9:00 am - August 16, 2015 @ 5:00 pm$1 – $250
For those interested in running small sheep flocks
About the Workshop
So you’ve decided on Sheep for your property. But what do you do next? How should you prepare for and look after them? What do they need, what do you need to do to keep them? What are the right breeds for your farm or property?
Sheep provide many benefits for any farm or permaculture system. Apart from the delicious meat and dairy products they provide they also provide wool, grass mowing services and wonderful weed free manure. Being a smaller animal they are relatively easy to handle. When first starting out, knowing all about the facts of sheep can feel overwhelming. A sufficient amount of information and research needs to be acquired before you begin. Selecting the “right” breeds for you, your property and your sheep is imperative. Issues arising from lack of knowledge and or bad management like poor fencing, noise, malnutrition etc can cause disputes with neighbors, stress, heartache and legal penalties. Having the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage your sheep well will save you money, time and inconvenience.
This two-day workshop will provide you with a complete range of information you need to farm sheep. It is designed to give the participants an understanding of what they should know if they want to run a small flock on their land and what their responsibilities are.
It will help you select the right breeds for your property; prepare and plan for the arrival of your sheep; design to meet the needs of your sheep; be aware of your legal responsibilities and requirements; know the most appropriate type of fencing, housing and feeding requirements for your sheep and be able to do basic veterinary techniques and animal husbandry. It is the perfect start for anyone wanting to run a small flock and wanting to learn more about sheep and their care and management in a sustainable and humane manner.
Day 1 Introduction and theory of managing sheep
- Types of sheep: Wool meat, milk, fertilizers or lawn mowers.
- Animal Husbandry: keeping your sheep healthy including signs and symptoms, of internal parasite, illnesses like nasal bot, lice, foot rot. Why do sheep require crutching?
- Reproduction: What is a healthy ewe and lamb?
- Nutritional needs, pasture management, fencing shelter and water requirements.
- Handling rams
- Shelter and housing needs
- Watering systems and requirements
- Pest and disease prevention and management
- Handling and moving sheep
- Yards, enclosures and pens.
- Fencing needs and requirements
- Land size, grazing for all seasons.
- Selling, growing for specific markets, transporting to market and associated costs
- Processing for meat, wool, hides, etc
- Dairy products from sheep
- Husbandry needs; crushes; basic veterinary techniques including home birthing, injections, identifying deficiencies and toxicities; and more.
Day 2 Practical day in the field
Day two of the workshop will include further detailed information on sheep through hands-on practical experiences. It includes a visit to an operational farm in the area to see sheep systems in operation including watering systems; housing; different types of fencing including permanent and electric fencing; and animal husbandry in practice. The day is designed to give you a feel for the sheep and confidence in handling and keeping them. It will include moving; milking; handling; drenching; hand and machine sheering; vaccinating; docking and castrating and more.
What to bring:
Old clothes, gloves; decent work boots, water, hat, note book, camera.
Sherri McMahon and Ingrid Cullen
Sherri and Ingrid are farmers in the historic valley of St Albans. They manage their own farm business “She-Ing Farm” from which they make a livelihood and sustain themselves financially. Since purchasing their rural property in 1997, Sherri and Ingrid have subsequently regenerated the land from scratch turning it from a sandy, degenerated unproductive site to a highly productive, diverse, and sustainable property. Sherri and Ingrid built their own house, and have self developed their property into an excellent demonstration site for a productive working farm. They grow their own produce; sell produce; farm and slaughter their own livestock (including cattle, sheep and poultry); log and mill their own timber; and farm in a humane and sustainable way. They also have a successful farm maintenance business. “The Girls” as they are known in the valley are highly respected in their community with active roles in the Rural Fire Brigade, the St Albans Common Trust and a range of other community activities. They are both extremely capable and highly skilled rural women who have extensive and in depth knowledge of all aspects of rural property management and who provide excellent leadership examples of sustainable, self-reliant and resilient living. The girls are passionate to extend and improve their property using a range of principles and techniques drawn from permaculture, organic and sustainable farming practices. They are also passionate to share the knowledge they have gained to help others find and develop sustainable farm practices.
Sherri McMahon: Sherri provides a no nonsense insight into the workings of a rural property and will help all participants understand what they need to know to run a successful rural property in a sustainable way. Sherri has a certificate 2 and 3 in Agriculture from the Hunter Institute as well a several other awards and agricultural training certificates. Sherri grew up on her family’s traditional 1500 acre mixed production farm, running 200 sheep, cattle and crops in the Snowy Mountains area and was very much part of the farm team. She left the family farm to undertake a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Canberra University, and after graduation joined the Federal Police as a photographer, rising to become a senior investigator. She then traveled extensively through her work, including heading the Vulnerable Persons Unit in the UN peace-keeping mission in East Timor in 2001. She was an Australian champion in athletics and power lifting.
Ingrid Cullen : Ingrid has organic gardening genes in her DNA. She comes from a family of organic gardeners and farmers from Lorne in Northern NSW and her enormous repertoire of rural skills and knowledge are largely a product of her upbringing on the family’s diverse 100 acre farm. Ingrid went on to a Visual Arts Degree at Sydney College of the Arts and has a Certificate 2 and 3 in Agriculture as well as accreditation in the area of fitness, wellness, and massage. She too was a serial competitor and Australian champion in power lifting and rowing. For many years Ingrid worked as a personal fitness and wellness trainer in community gyms and not for profit organizations. She specialised in working with people with HIV-AIDS and was awarded the World AIDS Day award for her work.