Lambing Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship is not being offered in 2017.

Frisky Lamb Farm is again seeking an apprentice to assist us during our busy lambing season, which occurs in April and early May.  We expect to lamb 35 ewes in spring 2016.

The apprentice will aid the farmer and participate in all aspects of lambing.  He/she will work on his/her own when the farmer is off the farm, and will shadow the farmer and receive hands-on training when he is on the farm.  Other educational activities may include discussions at meal times and at other times, an introduction to shearing, use of the farmer’s library of materials related to sheep farming, and an introduction to recording-keeping and business management.  Some experience with sheep farming, and lambing in particular, is desirable but not necessary. Intensive training is part of this apprenticeship.

Lambing a flock of sheep is quite demanding physically and emotionally.  It can take strength to move sheep around, shlep hay, hold a ewe steady while milking her, clean manure packs, and so on.  There can be dystocias (birthing problems) or other complications of late pregnancy.  Newborn lambs sometimes need resuscitation and sometimes die. In a word, lambing is not for the faint of heart. Thankfully, in our flock most births are uneventful and require only vigilance and moving the ewe and her newborn lambs into a bonding pen.  The reward is exhilaration at seeing new lambs being born, coming to life within minutes, struggling to their feet, and then jumping around within a few hours.

The farmer works off the farm Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.  He anticipates taking two or three days off at the beginning of the apprenticeship.  During those days the apprentice will receive intensive, hands-on training.

The apprenticeship will run from April 4 through May 1, 2016. The apprenticeship includes room and board in the farmhouse. The kitchen is not kosher but reasonable accommodations can be made. Internet through a Verizon hotspot is available.  A washing machine is also available.  Compensation is $270 a week in cash plus room and board for a total value of $11.00 an hour based on a 40-hour work week.

The farm is located 20 minutes north of Binghamton, NY and 50 minutes east of Ithaca.  There is a lake on the farm offering canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.

For more information, call or e-mail Jerry.

To apply, please e-mail your résumé along with a cover letter and a list of three references before January 9, 2016.  The most qualified candidates will be interviewed by Skype.  A decision is expected by mid January.  The successful candidate will be asked to review and sign a contract.
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Jerry Schwartz
Frisky Lamb Farm
43 Davis Road
Glen Aubrey, NY 13777
Tel: (607) 862-3494
e-mail: jerry@friskylambfarm.com