The network’s very first webinar was a discussion about sheep handling on small farms. Things like yard setup, weighing sheep and feeding out can be done in many ways. The scale of small farm operations means that producers need to find cost-effective, practical solutions to everyday sheep handling tasks that our larger farming cousins take for granted. Sometimes these solutions can be slower to carry out but when there are only a few sheep, this is not necessarily a problem.
This webinar, presented by Jennie Curtis from Roogulli Farm, was a chance for small farmers to see some ideas for sheep handling equipment, learn from each other and ask questions.
Jennie, with assistance from Alice McGlashan, created a video showing ideas for yards for small flocks, a way to weigh sheep, a method for tipping sheep up and a variety of feeders.
Watch the video
Weigh bars and race set up
Homemade sheep feeder
Download design for sheep hay and pellet feeder used at Roogulli Farm (based on many others found in Google searches)
For more information about sheep you can read our workshop summaries:
- Sheep Husbandry with Doug Alcock (drenching, yards, vaccinations, foot trimming).
- Lamb Marking and Weaning
- Worm Management
For general principles of yard design and the U-Bugle design in particular see The ‘U’ bugle sheep yard from NSW DPI.
Thank you to Jennie Curtis, Alice McGlashan and Chris Curtis for assisting with this webinar and donating their time.
The Small Farms Network Capital Region received funding from the Every Bit Counts project. The Every Bit Counts project has been funded by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.