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Posted: April 30, 2014 | Location: SF Bay Area, California

ISO SHEEP DAIRY LAND LEADS IN GREATER SF BAY AREA: We currently raise our flock of 70 dairy sheep on a Certified Organic, leased ranch for the seasonal production of farmstead sheep cheese and sheep milk soap. We also produce Certified Organic Cow cheese with locally purchased milk. Our flock of sheep is humane certified by the Animal Welfare Institute and our Creamery is a mixed use, USDA Certified Organic Processing facility. We constructed our mobile sheep dairy (20x10) and creamery (40x12) out of two portable classroom trailers, for the flexibility of relocation and expansion. Our sustainable farm practice includes: rotational pasture management, green building, water re-use from the creamery for irrigation and solar. Our lease has ended, and its time for us to relocate. We are in search of more pasture access, and a location to expand into more education based, agri-tourism. We hope to relocate our flock, our small household, and our dairy facility (20x10), as early as November 2014. We need a minimum of 17+ acres, a dry barn with power and water (prefer a large hay barn style where we can relocate our dairy trailer, store feed and utilize as animal shelter under one roof). Our water requirements for the dairy is ≤ 60gl/day, for 5-6 mos. milking season (~April-Oct). On the current property, our wash water is approved for re-irrigation back onto pastures. We can build out some infrastructure. We need to live on property with our flock so property with housing is preferred although we can bring on a tiny house on wheels. Please contact us if you know of a property that might be well suited for our small but flourishing business.