Happy Goat Lucky Ewe Fiber Farm and Pollinator Sanctuary
About our management :
    Happy Goat Lucky Ewe Fiber Farm offers livestock for sale to
    fiber farms.  We generally run a sustainable operation, using
    mostly organic techniques to manage the sheep.  They are on
    pasture for nine months of the year.  As a result of exposure to
    wildlife, our Merino ewes are vaccinated and dewormed
    according to need.

    They are hardy animals, can manage most of the year without
    human interference and enjoy their freedom.

    We rotate between nine pastures under the guidance of MSU
    Extension and USDA.  The management style is called rotational
    grazing, or prescribed grazing.  It is better for the land and the
    animals as there are resting periods between grazing and the
    forage and soil gets a chance to recover. The result is maximum
    bio-mass (feed) production and increased productivity of the
    ewes due to less parasite exposure.

    In the long run, I use less money on feed, parasite management
    and labor.

    The farm offers merino starter flocks:  If you're thinking about
    jumping into fiber production, I recommend the merino breed,
    there is a strong market for your fiber and the sale of the fiber
    easily feeds the livestock. Our stock is from Missouri and will
    compliment the local merinos which more-than-likely trace their
    genetics back to the Green Field Village stock.  We have starter
    packages which include four bred ewes and a stud.  Visit www.
    michiganmerinos.com for details. If you prefer bred ewes, we
    offer them too, but there are no livestock sales after January 15
    (ewes will be pregnant), you will have to wait until summer 2019
    to get your flock started.  Our 50 ewe merino flock is from
    Genopalette Farm in Missouri.  We have three rams from
    Missouri and a lovely merino/CVM ram from Rose Hebden's
    Promised Land Farm here in Michigan. We also have a
    homegrown Cormo ram lamb out of Vincent (our Green Field
    Village stud) who will be ready for breeding in 2018.

    Flock sales come with free consultation.  Interested? Come visit
    the farm to help make your decision - to ensure you are a
    serious prospect, we charge $40 for a two hour visit, which will
    apply to your purchase if you buy from us.  After your down-
    payment is received, I'm happy to offer on-farm consultation.  
    Your fencing, feed storage, feeding areas, watering systems
    and housing may need review. Keeping your livestock safe
    (from neighbors' dogs, coyotes, deer and parasites) needs to be
    taken into consideration.
    After many wonderful
    years of producing
    fiber animals I settled
    on merino sheep for
    several reasons.

    1. Their wool is the
    softest fiber produced
    by sheep.  It can be
    worn next to the skin
    and doesn't cause
    itching. If you don't
    have time to market
    and get top prices, the
    wool is readily bought
    by mills and fetches a
    good wholesale price.

    2. Merino sheep are
    good mothers, they
    lamb easily, are easy
    to handle and are all-
    around pretty mellow
    animals.

    3. Merinos are hardy,
    they wear their houses
    on their backs and
    need little human
    intervention.

    4. There is a growing
    demand for locally
    grown fibers in the
    "Farm to Fashion"
    industry.

    5.  The U.S. Military is
    buying merino wool
    for $4/pound.

    6.  If you are growing
    and feeding animals
    for wool, putting the
    same costs into them
    and expecting prime
    results, you may as
    well have the very best!
Merinos are magic!