Sheep Project

Market Sheep

Age: 9 and older (must turn 9 before December 31, 2023)

Where: Farm in Castro Valley. 2 trips to Livermore farm to learn about and buy lambs. 7 days at County Fair for showmanship and auction. 

Cost: $600 - $700 per sheep (cost of lamb, feed, supplies, uniform, and a thank you gift for your buyer)

We learn how to pick out, care for and show a market lamb in preparation for the Alameda County Fair and sell at the auction. Project meetings are monthly until April when commitment increases when we purchase our lambs. Meeting dates are not set yet and can be multiple required meetings a month especially after we have the lambs. Depending on how many youth sign up you will need to go to the ranch to feed lambs and clean pens 2-4 times per week in addition to meetings where you learn to wash, trim, groom, work and train your sheep.

The cost for your project can vary depending on the amount you pay for your lamb. You should plan on investing $600 - $700 per sheep (cost of lamb, feed, supplies, uniform, and a thank you gift for your buyer). Youth can sell two lambs at the Alameda County Fair auction and normally result in a profit when there is a successful project. Last year most youth earned $350-$500 per sheep after expenses, but some members have profited $1,00-$2,000 per sheep. Auction price depends on how well youth show and market their sheep and by getting buyers to the auction.

Once sheep are brought to fair, members must be at the fair every day to feed and care for sheep for 10 days until the auction.

Youth must be 9 or older to bring livestock to County Fair. Younger siblings can help work with the sheep before, but only youth member can care for sheep at County Fair.

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