Ballyhoo Fiber Emporium
Sustainability in Every Skein!
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Services

Speaking, shearing, and consulting services for fiber and sheep producers, church and school groups, fiber festivals, etc.

 
 

Consulting

With over a decade of production experience and as a mentor for several programs, Madeline offers flock and farm consulting services to new and small flock producers. She will tailor your consultation to the individual needs of your farm and flock. Topics can include:

  • Rotational grazing set up and plans

  • Fleece skirting and grading

  • Routine care (hoof trimming, vaccinations, worming, tagging, and FAMACHA)

  • Breed selection and flock goals

  • Reproduction

  • Lambing

  • Multi-species grazing

  • Pasture and nutrition recommendations (including teeth checks)

  • Marketing and business management

We offer consultation on our farm (where clients can see many practices implemented), or at the client's farm ($1.25 per mile one way applies) on a one-time basis at $50/hour, due at time of service. Madeline can also be retained for consultation via email and telephone on a monthly basis. One month of consultation is included when you purchase one of our sheep.

ShearinG

We offer shearing services for any breed (wool and hair), any size, any season! We specialize in the Shetland rise and small flocks. Basic rates are: electric shearing $20/head, blade shearing $30/head. We do not charge a set up or trip fee within an hour of Shelbyville, KY, and no extra charge for rams. Additional services include: worming $1/head, hoof trimming $8/head. Fees may be incurred for the following: poor condition (obese, severely dirty fleece, hair/wool mix, severely underweight) $5, catching fee $5/head.

Limit 10 head for blade shears. No limit for electric shearing. Please note that if you are showing your fleeces you will get a better clip with blades than electric. Have your sheep sorted into categories and colors if possible. FAST YOUR SHEEP FOR AT LEAST 12 HOURS PRIOR TO SHEARING AND KEEP THEM UNDER SHELTER. We cannot shear wet sheep. We do purchase wool and accept select fleeces in partial trade.

Managed grazing

Do you have difficult terrain on your property? Places with poison ivy, rocky hillsides, areas the mower won't fit? Tired of hiring a crew to run noisy, smelly equipment? Go green! Sheep and goats are ideal for maintaining cemeteries, vineyards, orchards, steep terrain, and other challenging settings.  They eat weeds, grasses, and invasive plants such as blackberry, poison oak and ivy, honeysuckle, kudzu, wild rose, etc. (please note: they eat the leaves off of shrubs, laying the vines bare to be cut away-- they do not eat grapevines, nor the grapevine rootstock) and will strip tree branches to about 4' off the ground.  Their hooves aerate the soil as they graze without damaging the soil structure, and their manure increases water retention in the soil.  We use a simple solar-powered electric fence to keep the grazers in and the predators out. Grazing services start at $125/acre and vary according to situational factors.  Labor and equipment costs are included.


Speaking engagements

Please visit sheepspeaker.com for more information on booking Madeline.

 

Presentations

 

more than a hobby: the business of fiber

How do you transition from hobby artist to business maven? What's the difference between marketing and branding? Where is the best place to sell your fiber? Let a veteran guide you through the business of fiber arts!

Together we will craft and pitch your story, diversify your product offerings, discover how to be price makers instead of price takers, and build your brand.

This course is a peek behind the curtain, real numbers opportunity to learn what it takes to make an agricultural venture successful in today's global industry.

 

biodynamic grazing

Most farms are home to multiple species. Did you know Nature means for them to work together to improve your pasture (and your bottom line)? Explore the principles of rotational grazing and the ways in which successive grazing benefits both you and your animals!