- Mohawk Valley
- Schoharie County
Established farmer: Over 10 years of farm management experience or ownership
Currently farming full-time
Primary reason for farming
Hobby or for personal use
Farming status, plans, and practices
Raise nationally competitive Suffolk sheep which are lambed out each year. 10 brood ewes and some young stock. Sheep are managed in conventional setting with forage and hay being primary feed but feed some grain to young and growing animals.
I have been raising sheep since I was 8. I have also worked and managed numerous farms with over 10 years in the industry.
Farm Experience & Education
- Farm internship/apprenticeship
- Farm owner
- Farmer training or workshop
- Formal agricultural education
- Farm manager
- On farm work experience
Have been working in agriculture since 2013. On top of raising a personal flock of sheep, I have also worked and managed several livestock operations and helped in crop and forage harvesting. In 2016 I went to SUNY Cobleskill and in 2020 graduated with a bachelors degree in Animal Science. After graduation I helped a farm in Saratoga County start a registered Red Angus cattle herd as the Farm Manager and in the fall of 2023 I took my most recent job at SUNY Cobleskill to be their Livestock Manager and care for Angus cattle, Dorper sheep, Boer goats, as well as a handful of yorkshire sows, and a small group of laying hens.
Farming Plans and Practices
Farming method or practice
Sheep flock is managed almost identically to a conventional commercial sheep producer. Animals have a forage based diet with groups of younger animals and growing stock receiving supplemental grain.
In summer rotational grazing is used to help better manage pasture and deter excessive internal parasite loads in sheep. Because my numbers are so low, generally not an intensive rotation pattern; however that can be tailored to preference.
I raise frame type suffolk sheep. Mature rams weigh 350-450lbs, mature ewes weigh 250-350lbs. This is the largest breed of sheep in the U.S. These animals are raised mainly for exhibition and show across the Northeast and other parts of the country.
Animals are marketed and sold live generally for breeding or show stock. Most lambs are sold through private treaty sales as well as at public sheep auctions. Any animals that don't make the cut for breeding are sold at local sale barn for a premium or sold to another producer as feeder lambs.
Farm business plan or farm resume
Adequate space for hay, straw, and grain storage. Barn or shed to be able to house whole flock in winter- lambing and maternity pens, young stock pen, as well as a stud ram pen (13 animals total- not including lambs to be born winter 2024). Electrical access within animal housing, water access in near vacinity to animals.
For spring and summer, pasture access for sheep is needed. Existing fence is not required, I have temporary electric fencing to start out until more permanent plan is decided.
I have a large amount of panels, gates, troughs, feeders, buckets,etc. I am more than willing to work with you on barn layout and can be very flexible.
Looking for a safe place for the sheep and I am fine with the property being in use if there is still space for the sheep. Hoping to lease, not to buy.