Come and learn what goes into animal production, how to be safe around animals and handle them quietly with as little stress as possible in Shamrock, Canada



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    Hi! My husband Larry, myself (Liezel) and our boy Liam would like to welcome you to our sheep ranch in southwest Saskatchewan.
    Wide open spaces and living skies and gentle rolling hills is where we are at. 2 hours to Grasslands National Park, 3 and a bit to Cypress Hills and the dinosaur museum at Eastend.
    St Victors Petroglyphs is 1.5 hours away.
    The best kept secret in Canada is the southwest part of Saskatchewan :)
    Anyways. So we are a sheep ranch with about 600ewes. We lamb in February/March/April/May.
    Sheep shearing days are fun, come join in gathering the fleeces on our annual wool harvest in the spring.
    We help out at cattle brandings and there are always rodeos to attend on weekends in the summer.
    During lambing time jobs include feeding and watering ewes in the bonding pens, assisting with bringing sheep into bonding pens, moving them out and of course feeding cute baby bottle lambs.
    And there’s always a lot of laundry and house cleaning and feeding hardworking helpers too!
    During the summer duties include
    Building portable and permanent fence, checking the sheep, moving sheep from one pasture to the next.
    There’s lots of grass to mow and if you’re interested in learning to drive tractors, you can help with haying season too!
    Occasionally we bring the flock in to weigh ewes and lambs as part of our healthy flock management, as well as treat for parasites, flies, vaccinate.
    We will teach you proper stock handling techniques, and share our passion for grass and grazing and regenerative agriculture.
    We have horses suitable for beginners and experienced riders and lots of wide open space to ride.
    We have a big garden that’s still developing, so tree planting/gardening could be on the to-do list too!
    If you don’t have a vehicle, we have a little run-around car that you can use to go explore the beauty of the southwest on your days off.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We can teach you the finer nuances of livestock handling and learning how to read livestock. Learn what goes into animal production. Learn how to be safe around animals and handle them quietly with as little stress as possible.
    We like to share meals, I’m originally from South Africa and will cook some traditional South African food!
    We have a fire pit for evening bonfires, provided that it’s not too dry.

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    2019 September we are still busy with haying. In October we are dismantling a steel building in Yorkton and moving it to the farm to re-assemble.

    Our 2020 lambing season will run from March 1 until May 10. We will shear the ewes around March 5/6, and lambing officially starts around March 16.

    We really have something for everyone!
    Work with the sheep, do fencing, if you want to learn to drive a tractor we will teach you. Summer is for haying, hauling manure from corrals to spread on the pasture
    House cleaning, our vehicles always need cleaning because we drive gravel roads lots.
    Lawn to cut, garden to work on, garage to clean and tidy up, the day-to-day stuff like feeding the dogs(6 big white livestock guardian dogs and 2 stock dogs)
    Checking the horses, ponies, rams, and general flock management.
    Lambing time is a lot of feeding and watering and putting down fresh bedding in the bonding pens, and who doesn’t like feeding cute little bottle lambs!
    Did I mention fencing? ;) it never ends I swear!
    We work long days here. Some workers enjoy hanging out with us all day, while some like to do their chores and then go explore. Either is fine with us, let us know what your expectations are.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Afrikaans: Fluent
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    We have 2 options:
    2 bedrooms in the basement of our house OR
    I have a small 2 bedroom house in the village of Shamrock (population of about 20 people- that’s right, 20!)
    That’s about 16km from the farm but about halfway between our home farm and our “North” pasture. So if you’d like your own spot for some privacy, you can stay at the Shamrock house and drive our run-around car.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Moose Jaw has a lovely spa and Tunnels and the Sukanen ship museum and a charming downtown.
    Swift Current has Docs Town and Frontier Days.
    Grasslands National Park
    St Victors Petroglyphs
    The Big Muddy
    Cypress Hills
    Lake Diefenbaker
    Regina and Saskatoon are all within 3 hours

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We use our phones for hotspots for internet. It is unlimited data but can be very slow at times.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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