Description:I want access to land to run a free-range flock of hair sheep.
I do not need housing, electricity, water or storage, though all offers improve flexibility.
I will provide all of my own inputs; occasional hay bales, guard dog food and water.
No fencing is required, I will be using all electrical fencing supplied by solar panel chargers, unless utility electricity is available.
I will be following the USDA AUM guidelines, so my total flock size will never be more than the AU carrying capacity of the land provided.
I will not be living on site so Livestock guardian dogs WILL BE NECESSARY.
My operation will be intensive rotational-grazing so the sheep will be moved every day and will never feed the same spot for at least 40 days.
I currently work for Charlie's Produce and live in Seattle with my goal to eventually move out into the country once I have the money to purchase a sizable plot of land. I don't see this happening for at least 3-4 seasons, maybe more, so I want to have land access that allows me to grow the size of my flock while I am still working a city job.
I want to run hair sheep because they are much more parasite resistant than wool sheep, don't require water sources except in summer drought, don't require sheering like wool sheep, and are much less feed intensive than cows. plus smaller AU means more animals per acre, allowing my flock to grow faster on smaller land than it could with cows.
I would prefer to be given access to land free of charge, since all inputs will be provided by me and housing will not be needed. My goal is to eventually move onto my own land, all infrastructure and materials brought onto the land will be as mobile and temporary as possible. I want to have as small of an imprint as possible while having the biggest impact possible towards YOUR land rehabilitation, habitat restoration. I like the idea of working with overgrown, barren, or simply poor quality pasture because My operation will clear overgrown land and help restore native grass/pasture lands which is what I want for myself.
I am looking to trade land access in exchange for labor, but offers for a large-enough parcel at a low-enough price will always be entertained.
Farm Business Type:
Intended Farming Practices:
- Sustainable and Organic Practices