“I really love the sheep. They're not stupid. Nor do I think they desire to die, as I've heard on more than one occasion. I do think they require awareness. They also are so instinct driven--which makes sense, based on what they are--being totally prey-driven. They will do things entirely based on that instinct. If it's fight or flight, I'm flighting first and fighting never.”
Jessica Newman of Southview Station moved back to Pennsylvania to combine her nursing career and love of genetics with a growing Texel sheep operation. She’s had to navigate starting from an open field with no infrastructure, to figuring out roles and relationships with her parents, to balancing off-farm vacation breaks with her non-farming partner.
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Nurse and Shepherd
I’ve been a nurse for going on 16 years, and I continue to use that off farm work to support my farming start up. I had some agriculture exposure during my childhood, but I did not grow up in a farming family. In 2014 I moved up from Tennessee back by family and bought 40 acres of grass and woods. That was the start of my farming journey, and now I have a flock of about 80 sheep and a small 8-10 animal cow herd.