marketing hair sheep

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  1. okiemom

    okiemom Well-Known Member

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    where do people market their hair sheep? I am in N.E OK and am wondering where I would sell the lambs. I am raising meat goats but am wondering if I should try to increase/ add hair sheep to the mixture if I find enough of a market. At this moment I don't have enough acarage for both sheep and goats but I might think of leasing land if I can make sheep and or goats pay.

    Please give me ideas or sights to visit. I have seen the university(s) data on hair sheep but I have not known anyone to sell hair sheep in large quantities. Thanks all, Katharine Lankford
     
  2. We switched from goats to african tribal sheep.
    In the moment we manage 3500 ewes and our goat customer like the
    african tribal lambs, as the meat is more tender, high meatmoisture but otherwise close to goat. The african tribal sheep look very much like goat, but are much harder, good flocking. As clients, Kosher and Halal,
    direct marketing of cutt and forzen. Best Market in New York, San Francisco and Seatle. Regards Helmut Lang, hlang@ junction.net
     

  3. Mouse

    Mouse Well-Known Member

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    The market is growing for hair sheep. I just sold a few at a local private auction. I've heard there are plenty at other sale barns. If you go to the Barbados Blackebelly website, you'll find want ads for these sheep, http://www.blackbellysheep.org/
     
  4. celkins

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    Hi Katharine,

    As Helmut mentioned, the Barbados Blackbelly Sheep Association (http://www.blackbellysheep.org) has a For Sale/Wanted bulletin board. Only members can post For Sale ads, but anyone can post a Wanted ad.

    You did not indicate which breed of hair sheep you are interesteed in, but when your select a breed, you can get a lot of "inside" marketing help by joining that breed's registry association. Most groups have an email group that regularly posts want ads.

    You don't have to be a member of the St. Croix Sheep Assn. to subscribe to its email group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/StCroixHairSheep/
    Every week I see ads wanting to purchase these sheep, often wanting hundreds.

    The Texas Hair Sheep Association (http://www.hairsheep.org/) is getting geared up to provide its members with markets for hair sheep hides.

    Finally, I host a free email group for Barbados Blackbelly and Barbado sheep folks and encourage subscribers to post for sale and wanted ads. You can subscribe at http://www.awrittenword.com/listserv/index.html

    Hope this helps.

    Carol Elkins
    Critterhaven Estate
    Registered Barbados Blackbelly Hair Sheep
    (no shear, no dock, no fuss)
    Pueblo, Colorado
    http://www.critterhaven.biz
    T-shirts, mugs, caps, and more at the
    Barbados Blackbelly Online Store http://www.cafepress.com/blackbellysheep
     
  5. okiemom

    okiemom Well-Known Member

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    Thanks All,

    I am greatful for the info. I have a small herd. 4 barbadoe ewes and their babies (4) that are 1/2 Katadin I also have 2 woolies that have 1 wool ram lamb. They seem to be hardier than my goats, but as I am just starting I have had many learning curves :no: .

    I was just wondering if they (hair sheep lambs) would sell like the wollies and really produce a good carcass. I really like the hair sheep and think that they will be in demand in the future. I am glad to hear from other producers. All the best, Katharine
     
  6. Hank - Narita

    Hank - Narita Well-Known Member

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    Kathryn, my neighbor has a small flock. The meat is not as strong tasting as the Suffolks we are used to. She is just starting to get into marketing hers. Our community is starting to form a producers assn. to do just that. Will keep you posted. My email is hsnrs@vtc.net.