How to start a farm on limited acreage

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Debbie Webster
Small Farm Entrepreneur & Educator
Seneca, South Carolina

Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, Department of Agricultural Economics
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Debbie Webster bought a few sheep and goats over 20 years ago for a yearly live Nativity. Today, she has the only licensed Sheep milk dairy in South Carolina. Her cheese business has grown tremendously each year. She has a meat handlers license and sells pastured lamb. She started the first 4H Dairy sheep club in the US, her Agri-Tourism program served over 1,000 families last summer, she has classes for small ruminant care, cheese making and uses her sheep for therapy for children with Special Needs. She’s passionate about helping people start farms. She founded the Whispering Pines Foundation, a Non-Profit, dedicated to getting children and youth outdoors and involved in dairy sheep and farming.  

This Webinar gives basic information on setting up a homestead to raise milk and meat. There are multiple ideas and comparisons for fences, shelters and other equipment as well as ideas for growth. There’s insight on variations of care and equipment. A common sense approach to supplying your family with proteins on your own land. How to milk share, basic milking equipment for home use as well as steps to grow into a business. Ideas for set up with the whole family involved including the children or a plan for senior adults wanting some supplemental income without too much stress.

This webinar is made possible with funding support from the Let’s Grow Committee of the American Sheep Industry Association.

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