Farmer Profile for Michael Schlumbohm

Experience

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience:

I have started a flock of performance-tested Horned Dorset and Cheviot sheep that are undergoing selection in a pasture-based, low-input system. It is my goal to provide light weight market lambs to serve the ethnic markets. I also have a flock of chickens and geese that I would like to expand and begin selling parent stock chicks to hatcheries. I hold a degree in poultry science from the university of Arkansas.

Are you currently farming?:

Yes

Are you interested in connecting with other farmers to explore collocation or collaborative farm ideas?:

Yes

Enterprises

What is the primary agricultural enterprise you are considering?:

Sheep

What other enterprises are you considering?:

Beef
Goats
Hay/Forage
Hogs
Livestock
Pasture
Poultry

The Land

Total Acres Desired:

20.0

Acres in Pasture:

10.0

Organic:

No

Infrastructure

Farm Structures Needed:

Barn(s)
Other Housing

Farmhouse Needed:

Yes

Equipment Needed:

Hay making equipment and fencing would be ideal, but not necessary

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure Arrangement Considered:

Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a Year or More
Lease with Option to Buy
Long-Term Lease
Owner-Financed Sale
Partnership
Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assets)

Business Plan/Goals

Do you have a business plan? Please write an informative description of your vision & goals for your farming future.:

To briefly summarize: develop elite quality sheep genetics that work in pasture-based systems and focus on selling seedstock rams and brood ewes. A secondary market would be selling market lambs. For the chickens and geese, develop elite quality specialized lines to sell day-old parent stock chicks to other hatcheries and direct to backyard hobbyists. Explore the possibilities of selling table eggs and finished meat products as well. I am open to considering raising other types of livestock as well if they fit into the farm dynamics. I am more than willing to share more details on any of my ideas.