Vermont Shepherd, one of the country's oldest and most well known sheep dairies, invites you to a series of 5 workshops in which we will explore how to successfully raise and farm dairy sheep in the northeast. With our collected knowledge of over 30 years in this industry and the help of additional experts, you will learn from start to finish how to begin a new venture or improve upon and innovate your existing business. This is a free workshop series that is made possible by the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center. This series consists of five workshops:

  • Lambing on a Sheep Dairy - March 19th, 2022 9:30am - 2pm - in this workshop you will learn and experience first-hand the basics and nuances of birthing and caring for newborn lambs and their mothers. 

  • Milking on a Sheep Dairy - May 21st, 2022 12:30pm-5pm - workshop covers training sheep to use the milking parlor, milking start to finish, and troubleshooting. We will also cover food safety and sanitation, and mastitis.  

  • Pasture Management for Dairy Sheep (with guest speaker Amber Reed) - July 9th, 2022 10am-2pm - in this workshop you will learn about rotational grazing for dairy sheep, managing pasture land, water and fencing systems, and the environmental and nutritional benefits of working this way with the land. Guest speaker Amber Reed will also be co-hosting this workshop. Amber is a grazing and pasture management specialist.   

  • Dairy Sheep Health (with guest speaker Dr. Stephen Major) - August 13th, 2022 10am-3pm - learn all about parasite and disease management, breeding, and overall sheep health. This workshop will be partially led by guest host Dr. Stephen Major, an animal health expert and local large animal veterinarian. 

  • Processing and Marketing Sheep Milk - September 24, 2022 time TBD - this workshop covers how to profit off of your final product - sheep milk. We will have guest speakers from local businesses that buy and utilize sheep milk. This is a great opportunity to network and meet potential buyers of your product, and to learn options and methods for processing your own milk.     

  

We are currently full for the in-person workshops at this time, but we are also putting out a corresponding workbook for each of these 5 workshops that contains the information we will cover. If you are interested in receiving these workbooks, feel free to reach out to us and we will send them along.

 

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