Episode 324. She’s Raising Sheep: Mickey Willenbring of Oregon, Part 1

Raising sheep can be a hobby or a business, a joy or a trial. And with the right intent and actions, it can also be a powerful way to heal ourselves and our relationship with the Earth. Listen as Mickey Willenbring, a lifelong shepherd who raises Navajo-Churro and Karakul sheep in Western Oregon, shares her shepherding journey and the wisdom she’s gleaning along the way. 

In the first of a two-part discussion with NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Linda Poole, Mickey touches on the shepherding challenges of parasites, predators, and marketing. 

Related ATTRA Resources: 
She’s Raising Sheep Series
Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Copper Wire Particles 


Other Resources: 

Dot Ranch 

Navajo Churro: Nikyle Begay on t’aa dibé (The First Sheep) 

Navajo Churro Sheep and Shepherds: Meet the Rainbow Fiber Co-Op 

Navajo Shepherd 

Contact Linda Poole at  lindap@ncat.org. 

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