| The University of Maine received a large NE SARE grant this year that included funding
to house a flock of sheep. The breed is negotiable. We are considering meat breeds, or wool producers
that also make good meat lambs. We can't use Katahdins, however, because our flock will be used for
parasitology research, so they need to be susceptible to parasite infestations. Ideally, we would
like to have animals that will be old enough to breed this fall.
The starting flock will be around 12 ewes and a ram, all from the same farm. We wish to deal with a
producer who has kept the flock closed, and the animals need to be foot rot-free and test negative for
OPP and CL. Once we have found a potential seller, we'll ask to test for these diseases at our expense.
We have limited funding to purchase these sheep. If a producer is looking to down-size or get out of
the business, this would be a wonderful place for their animals, as we intend to grow and improve this
flock, and they would receive excellent care from our staff and our animal science undergraduates (I have
excited students lining up to volunteer for sheep chores during the upcoming fall semester!!!). If
someone wants to donate animals, we can talk about how to use the gift as a tax deduction.
Sheep in the NEWS!
Scrapie Program Related Activities
MSBA is an educational, non-profit organization in
Maine, dedicated to discussing mutual issues in
the sheep industry, exchanging ideas, and
working with the intent of aiding sheep producers
and the sheep industry.
The MSBA has been involved with a variety of
projects, including providing information and
educational opportunities to producers and the
These opportunities include The MSBA
Shepherds' and Shearing Schools, booths at
Agricultural shows, as well as sheep and wool
festivals. The MSBA supports sales of raw and
spun fleeces and value added products from its
members, and supports 4-H programs by helping
to obtain needed equipment at reduced prices.
As a member of the MSBA you will ...
Click Here To Join the MSBA
- Receive The Producer - the MSBA newsletter (published 4 times a year).
- Be entitled to participate in the annual cooperative Wool Pool sale of fleece.
- Have marketing and political representation at state, regional and national levels.
- Meet a great bunch of people who love to share
information about their animals and about
breeding, management, and marketing techniques.