Local Lamb Lessons

Meat Production 

Course: April 5, 2018,  Site Visit:: May 3, 2018

Outline – Considerations for your Sheep Meat Production

  • Assess your resources.

  • Determine your goals.

  • Educate yourself.

  • Develop a marketing plan and work backwards.

  • Select a breed that matches your marketing goals.

  • Getting Started—The Shepherd’s Calendar.

  • The Harris Farm Model.

  • Questions and Discussion.


Presenter: Kathleen Harris

Kathleen Harris has farmed all of her life. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Animal Production, Kathleen worked for seven years as a licensed livestock grader and marketing specialist for NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. Afterwards she and her family developed a successful farm business raising lamb and pork and direct marketing their products at farmer's markets and high end restaurants in upstate New York and New York City. From 2005-2017 she served as the Processing and Marketing Coordinator for the Northeast Livestock Processing Service Company (NELPSC) where she assisted 200 livestock farmers with their processing and marketing needs. She presently serves as a consultant in the areas of Livestock Slaughter, Processing, Marketing and Production, while she sheep farms with her husband in Sprakers, New York.

Course Materials



Sheep Goat Marketing Calendar        Sheep Farming Fact Sheet

Sheep and Goat Weighted Average for Monday, April 02, 2018

Presentation Video





Kinderhook Farm Site Visit Video

Funding for HVADC’s Local Lamb Lessons made possible with a 

grant from the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center