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Making Money With Sheep Grazing

While lots of graziers think of cattle as their first option, raising sheep as a primary enterprise, or as part of a multi-species grazing operation could be a great alternative for graziers looking to improve their bottom line. Let’s check it out.

We’ll start with the numbers. Kris Ringwall and Jeremiah Markway do a great job of laying out the economics of raising sheep.

Could You Make Money by Adding a Ewe For Every Cow in Your Herd?

Is Multi-species Grazing Right for You? Part 3

If you’d like more, check out Greg Judy’s Profitable Sheep Grazing Tips playlist covering everything that makes it work for him. Speaking of Greg, here’s a video he shared with On Pasture on how his sheep fencing works – just 1-strand!

1-Strand Sheep Fencing – How We Made It Work For Our Operation

But what does someone who’s tried it say? Here’s Brandon Fix with a two-part series on his own lessons-learned.

Trials and Tribulations of a First-Time Shepherd/Full Time Cattleman – Part 1

Adding Sheep to a Cattle Operation – Part 2

Finally, sheep are becoming more popular for managing vegetation in solar arrays. Erica Frenay shares the ins and outs of the solar grazing business here:

Solar Grazing: A New Income Stream for Livestock Producers

I hope that gives you some ideas to ruminate on! And if you’re looking for sheep, Greg and Jan Judy currently have St. Croix ewe, ram, and wether lambs for sale from their very parasite resistant herd, ready for pick up in August. Greg and Jan take parasite resistance very seriously. Early on they culled any animal that didn’t demonstrate parasite resistance, and though it was an extremely tough process, the results have been worth every bit of pain.

The Funnies

And sheep can be funny too!

Sheep in a Tire Swing

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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