Sheep Project

Market Sheep

We learn how to pick out, care for and show a market lamb in preparation for the Alameda County Fair. Project commitment starts in April when we purchase our lambs. Meeting dates are not set and can be multiple required meetings a month especially after we have the lambs. The cost for your project can vary depending on the amount you pay for your lamb. You should plan on investing $500 - $600 per sheep (cost of lamb, feed, supplies, 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 one first year member earned $1,100 per sheep. Auction price depends on how well youth show and market their sheep and the buyers the get to the auction.

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