Episode 10

10. Shepherding Soil Health – Amanda Shine of Roving Ram Ranch

Return to Nature Podcast

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In this episode of Return to Nature, Melissa interviews Amanda Shine, a shepherd, teacher, and researcher passionate about soil health and regenerative agriculture. She and her husband Seth established Roving Ram Ranch in 2019 and provide affordable meat, wool products, and adaptive grazing services for local landowners who need their land regenerated.

Amanda started her livestock career working on Wisconsin dairies and attending the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has degrees in Biology (B.A.), Agriculture (B.S.), and Agronomy (M.S.), with coursework for the latter degrees focused on rangeland ecology and management. She also raised Savannah and Boer meat goats for many years, using them for grazing projects in both Oklahoma and Nebraska.

After six years operating Roving Ram Ranch in Montana’s Flathead Valley, Amanda and Seth are moving operation to Texas, where they will continue Roving Ram Ranch while Amanda has an assistantship at Texas A&M involving grazing research.


  • How she began pursuing sustainable agriculture in her early life
  • How she integrated her academic career with her practical hands-on experience
  • Why she and her husband Seth chose to raise sheep when they moved to Montana
  • The revenue streams possible from raising sheep
  • How regenerative contract grazing works
  • Sheep’s ability to detoxifying  toxic plants and how they discern what to eat and leave
  • Fred Provenza’s research on how animals forage and mix plants for maximum benefits
  • All about livestock guardian dogs
  • The logistics of rotational grazing
  • The lambing process and giving back to the community by providing affordable clean meat to those who otherwise could not afford it
  • Her experience teaching soil and water health management
  • The importance of educating and empowering farmers to steward the land and use regenerative practices to heal the Earth
  • What sheep are really like
  • The sheep breeds they raise and why
  • The process of shearing
  • How rotational grazing aids the health of the sheep as well as the land
  • The experiential research process of rotational grazing to meet specific goals for a landowner
  • The regenerative strategy of feeding on pasture during winter to load the soil with organic matter
  • Understanding Ag as an educational resource for regenerative farming
  • Her assistantship at Texas A&M involving grazing research


WEBSITE: www.rovingramranch.com

INSTAGRAM: @rovingramranch

EMAIL: rovingramranch@gmail.com

It’s a slow process. I think in our society it’s so much easier to grab an herbicide or a granulated fertilizer or something because it’s a lot more instant than bringing sheep, which is usually more of a two to five year process or longer.



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