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The stars of the farm: sheep cheese producers

I am hoping to join Deborah & Scott for lambing season in mid-May. Stay tuned!

From the Herald-Journal:

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“Valuable for milk, meat, and wool, the Icelandic sheep at Star Thrower Farm north of Glencoe are true “stars” in the eyes of their owners, Scott and Deborah Pikovsky.

Lambing will be in full swing by the end of April, requiring checks on the pastures every two to four hours. About 300 babies are expected, but the Pikovskys don’t mind the demands of the season.

“That’s what being a shepherd is all about,” Deb said, adding that spring is her favorite time of year, because “it’s so hopeful.”

For the Pikovskys, Star Thrower Farm is a way of life – and a major switch from their original career paths.

“We have no farming background,” Scott said. “I grew up in Minneapolis, and Deb was born on the East Coast. She grew up mostly in Chicago and Kansas City.”

The couple had been living in Minneapolis when Deb got the idea to purchase a farm.

“I was eating sheep’s milk cheese, and I made the mistake of saying, ‘I should do something like this,’” Deb recalled.

After thoroughly researching sheep farming for two years, the Pikovskys purchased Star Thrower Farm in 2007. The original flock consisted of 27 bred ewes and 12 ewe lambs. Today, more than 500 sheep call the farm home.”

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