Seeking pasture for sheep enterprise (cash lease): 12-30 acres within 25 miles of Albany


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Land Seeker Description

I am a beginning/veteran farmer looking to get started intensively managing pasture with sheep. I’m searching for pasture within 25 miles of Albany, where I live and work.

I’m looking to start a spring lambing system for both commercial and breeding stock. I am trained and educated in Management Intensive Grazing, and am looking for ground where I can gain more experience and try new methods with MiG grazing, while starting a profitable breeding program for selling breeding stock, as well as direct market lamb.


What features of the property are essential?

Enough open pasture to provide enough forage for at least mid-term growth of operation, and water. Access to electricity would be ideal, but willing to run with solar for the right ground. A barn or shelter for lambing would also be ideal, but have creative solutions for running a pasture lambing system if necessary.


Describe your farming experience

I grew up doing farm work in SW Iowa. Over the last few years, I've been pursuing farming seriously. I have gotten experience locally, as a hand at both Grassward Dairy, and Red Bird Acres. I'm also a 2nd year Animal Science student at Linn Benton CC.
Currently, I just raise meat rabbits and run a garden out of my house in Albany.


Are you currently farming?

No

What are your short term goals for the land

Get established with a home pasture, where I can begin a breeding program, and start building a flock. Also start building a customer base for lamb, and breeding stock. Achieve profitability in 3-4 years, and start looking to grow. Financial and ecosystem sustainability depends on my management of soils and forages, so my emphasis is first and foremost on managing a system that builds both.


What are your long term goals

Remain profitable, find connections in the commercial industry to sell breeding stock, grow size of operation, and make a nice supplemental income.


Describe your housing needs

None. I just need pasture within a 25 mile radius of Albany to make it workable for commuting.


What will you do as a farmer to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for everyone on your farm and in your community?

I'm open to pass on any knowledge I know to anyone eager to learn.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
5

Acreage desired:
11 - 20 acres, 21+ acres

Seeking land access by:
April 1, 2022

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Sheep

Interested in these business arrangements:
Lease for cash, Lease for trade, Partnership

Interested in these growing practices:
Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
February 17, 2022



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