Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersFarm/Crop management (3 years or less), Informal apprenticeship, General college degree, General farming (less than 3 years)
Briefly describe your current occupation(s) and responsibilities and list previous agricultural employment and experiences. If you are currently farming or ranching, please state the size, type(s), and location of the operation.Chemist with the City of Missoula, as well as contract laboratory scientist. Own 20 sheep, 18 chickens, 3 breeding turkeys. Selling 10 meat lambs per year. Apprentice at a larger 100 head sheep farm. Animals currently on 1.5 acres, would like to find a larger place to be able to expand and operate more efficiently using sustainable practices. Would like to get into hay production.
Type of OperationHay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Dairy
Farming PracticesOrganic, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.Would like to expand wool production and meat sales with heritage sheep breeds to support diversity in available wool types for hand-spinners and fiber artists and provide superior tasting meat raised ethically. Currently breeding dual purpose meat and wool sheep that offer diversity in markets, good carcass size, and valuable wool. Would like to operate with 300 head for a profitable sweet spot. Also want to breed heritage turkeys for meat.
Elaborate on the farming practices you plan on using.Rotational grazing, grass-fed lamb, free-range poultry.
Transition ArrangementsBuy/Sell, Cropshare, Lease, Partnership, Open to other arrangements
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:How to make animal production efforts sustainable, humane, and profitable.
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