( – In North Dakota, livestock producers face marketing challenges for their herds. To tackle this issue, Brent and Barb Stroh have adopted a proactive approach on their farm in Tappen, North Dakota.

The Strohs manage a flock of approximately 750 ewes on their farm, primarily consisting of Dorsets, Hampshires, and Suffolks. In addition to their sheep, they also raise around 300 head of cattle while cultivating small grains and corn on their acres. While marketing their cattle is not a concern, they have partnered with a marketing company based in Wisconsin to facilitate the marketing of their lambs.

The Strohs commence their lambing season in January and not only market their own lambs but also assist other sheep producers in marketing their flocks. Farmers from various regions rely on the Strohs’ expertise, and every two to three weeks, a shipment of lambs is dispatched. Typically, the lambs reach a weight of 140-150 pounds before being marketed.

Despite sheep farming being less popular compared to other livestock species in the upper Midwest, the Strohs have noticed an increase in sheep’s popularity, particularly among young individuals. The state has witnessed a gradual rise in the sheep population, attributed to initiatives such as starter flock programs, 4-H projects, and FFA projects.

The Stroh family’s proactive approach to lamb marketing and their contribution to the growing interest in sheep farming indicate a promising future for the industry in North Dakota.