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Meet your farming neighbours: Mandy and Jason Manz

Mandy and Jason Manz live on a fifth-generation homestead north of Regina, Sask.

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike. Everyone got started in a different way, and every farm has a different combination of family and hired staff who make the decisions and keep things running. But, in general, even after you consider all of the details, Prairie farmers are […] Read more

Getting a handle on fleece marketing

Opportunities appear to be there for all grades of wool

In December 2015 we announced we were on our way to realizing our dream of producing dual-purpose sheep. Our first black ram (Clun Forest X), our purebred Rambouillet ram, and our Fredrick James (Suffolk cross/Rambouillet) were going to work. The goal was to produce acceptable meat lambs with wool that was pleasing to wear. Personal […] Read more

Alberta regional OYF finalists: Cherylynn and Patrick Bos

As their goat milk and cheese business grew, this Alberta farm needed employees

After riding the lumps and bumps of the goat-milk industry over the past few years, Patrick and Cherylynn Bos have made significant changes to their farm operation leading to more stability, farm expansion and recognition as Alberta’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2015. Eight years ago the Boses added a milk processing plant to their farm […] Read more

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Raising miniature sheep

Sunnyside Sheep takes the 'Olde English' route of raising livestock

It was love at first sight when Jackie Hegel discovered the miniature Olde English Babydoll Southdown sheep. “They are noted for their gentle nature and their cute teddy bear faces,” she says. Jackie and her husband Keith moved out to their farm west of Saskatoon in 2009 and began looking for that perfect hobby farm […] Read more


The fine balance of managing copper

Sheep and goats and cattle do not have the same copper needs

We have had several new producers this winter trying to convince us it just isn’t true that sheep cannot be fed copper. Apparently they are doing it without any problems. Since we are coming into lambing season it is a good time to address these ideas. It needs to be clear that sheep and goats […] Read more