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Small Ruminants for Small Farms

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Sandra Miller of Painted Hand Farm says of raising meat goats “It’s a very satisfying lifestyle and that’s why I do it.”

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It's kidding season at Painted Hand Farm, one of the best and hardest times of the year!

It’s kidding season at Painted Hand Farm, one of the best and hardest times of the year!

Like many of us, Sandra Kay Miller of Painted Hand Farm, always wanted to be a farmer, and she’s managed to live her dream in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania where she raises meat goats using targeted and rotational grazing. In this video from the Pennsylvania GLCI, Sandra talks about how rotational grazing works for her, and describes the market for her product and the economics of raising goats.


One of the important points Sandra brings up in this video is the nutritional needs of small ruminants. Check back next week to learn more as we begin a series of articles on pasture management for small ruminants.

Sandra is known for how hard she has worked to help her fellow farmers be successful. She’s been an unstoppable force when it comes to starting and maintaining farmers markets, and she’s known for helping consumers learn more about where their food comes from and the importance of supporting local farmers. Since marketing your product is always an issue, she’s shared here experiences in her new book “Selling at Farmers Market.”

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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