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
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.
years of producing
fiber animals I settled
on merino sheep for
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
3. Merinos are hardy,
they wear their houses
on their backs and
need little human
4. There is a growing
demand for locally
grown fibers in the
"Farm to Fashion"
5. The U.S. Military is
buying merino wool
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!