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Monday, August 26, 2013

Current Availability : Sheep Herds (Ramnad & Mercheri)

We currently have part of our Sheep herd for sale. During their stay at Savera Farms, the animals have always been stall fed, vaccinated and treated for preventative ailments as prescribed (PPR, ETV and regular de-worming). We plan to sell them to meat harvesters / brokers or (hopefully) to future breeders.

Details : 
Breed : Ramnad-white, Mecheri etc Current Availability : 20 animals
Minimum sale : 10 animals
Average weight : 22 Kgs
Age range : 12-18 months
Location : At Savera Farms gate, charges extra for on-site delivery.

In our earlier postings, we had expressed a desire to collaborate with other 'techie2aggies' to form a consortium for collective growth and shared risk. We would be eager to work with future agri-preneurs who are looking to dip their feet into sheep-goat rearing. Our animals can be an ideal starter / breeding herd for those looking to procure from a known source. Buyers are invited to visit, understand our standard of care and review medical history. Our commitment will remain to the buyer around no-charge advice on infrastructure setup, virtual veterinary support and rearing practices - learn from our mis-steps and learned practices.

The current availability includes 19 females and 1 male. The male is young 18 months old, virile specimen and larger than all females. Recommendations resulting in a successful sale (including processors or retailers) will be extended a minor referral fee in appreciation. Please reach out to us directly over email for competitive rates or additional questions.


  1. "During their stay at Savera Farms, the animals have always been [...] vaccinated and treated for preventative ailments as prescribed (PPR, ETV and regular de-worming)"

    Following news might be of interest:

    Report links antibiotics at farms to human deaths

    The Center for Disease Control on Monday confirmed a link between routine use of antibiotics in livestock and growing bacterial resistance that is killing at least 23,000 people a year

    Read Salatin. His polyface farm raises cattle without antibiotics and he has a fan following that would rival a rock star.

  2. Glad you shared the report!
    Every husbandry operation should understand the high risk of poor livestock maintenance practices. The operations also have to exhibit moral awareness given this is related to food and direct human consumption.

    With that said, we feel it becomes even more important for consumers to be attentive to the origin of their food & meat. At Savera Farms, our focus around record maintenance is for both herd maintenance as well as providing buyers with health record verification. Given a choice & knowledge, no one who would knowingly consume (or sell) meat of a goat with tapeworms! :)

    Our commercial scale goals include aggressive growth but not at the price of overcrowded feedlots, over-drugged animals and such practices mentioned in the report about the mega-farms. Along the same lines, the report also mentioned that there is no plan to restrict the recommended, low dosage of antibiotics required for animal upkeep.

    Overall, we hope to manage healthy animals and looks for innovative sales channels for higher margins rather than force-fitting dangerously high volumes of animals over limited infrastructure.

  3. I appreciate your commitment but to cite that "the report also mentioned that there is no plan to restrict the, low dosage of antibiotics required for animal upkeep" may be selective reading.

    That is FDA statement but the news story also said the research report raised question on practice of feedlot raising of animals and that it's not just over dosage that is the problem:

    At least 70 percent of all antibiotics in the United States are used to speed growth of farm animals or to prevent diseases among animals raised in feedlots. Routine low doses administered to large numbers of animals provide ideal conditions for microbes to develop resistance.

    The story goes on to quote an organic farmer, who like Salatin raises cattle on pasture and does not need antibiotics.

    Francis Scarpulla, owner of Lost Coast Farms, a small organic sheep and beef ranch in Humboldt County that does not use antibiotics, said commercial livestock have to be fed the drugs because of the crowded conditions in which they are raised.

    "If you have a healthy cow foraged on grass, and if they are in a clean field environment, your cows are not going to get sick," he said. "When you cram them into huge feedlots, they start getting sick because there are too many of them in too small a space."