Youth Livestock Team Checks Out Slo Microfarms!

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The Chatham County Youth Livestock Team had a great time at Slo Microfarms in Siler City. Slo Microfarms is home to the first Florida Cracker sheep herd in North Carolina. Florida Cracker is one of the oldest breeds in North America and is critically endangered with an estimated global population of less than 500. Coming from Florida, these animals are very heat tolerant and parasite tolerant making them a great breed for our area.

During the team’s visit, we learned how to FAMACHA score to indicate anemia levels for parasite control decisions. We also learned skills to judge and handle sheep in preparation for future competitions. The team had a great time discussing the farm with its owners, Tom and Susanne Killian. Huge thanks to Tom and Susanne for letting the team check out their farm!

A group of teenagers watch a farmer's demonstration.

Children pet sheep in a covered barn.

Sources: Livestock Conservancy