Category Archives: Sheep

Wrapping Up 2021

I know it is only November, but for us, it feels like the year is drawing to a close. We are wrapping up our fences and water hoses to store for winter. The garden is harvested, the barn is ready … Continue reading

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Texels and Crossbreds

The lambs are looking great this year, and the Texel cross experiment has convinced us to add a flock of Texels to our program. Originally we intended to use the Texel as a terminal sire, meaning all his lambs get … Continue reading

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Our Finnsheep

We started out with Finnsheep with the idea that despite their small stature, they would be efficient meat producers since they have multiple lambs each spring. After raising them for a few years now, we have adjusted our expectations somewhat. … Continue reading

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The Mud is Gone and Spring is Blooming

In my last post, everything was mud. Not long after, we were able to get the animals out on grass, moving them through the pasture. There were a few more encounters with mud, since that is how the spring weather … Continue reading

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Lamb TIme

We had a successful lambing this year. There is a grand total of 50 lambs running about on the farm now. We lost some to various causes, known and unknown, but all the ewes are doing well and the remaining … Continue reading

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Lambing Season Has Begun

In the past week we have welcomed the first seven lambs of 2021 into our barn. Three sets of twins and a single, divided as evenly as you can divide an odd number, into boys and girls. Everyone has done … Continue reading

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Why Do We Shear in the Deepest Dark of Winter?

I’ve received a few questions lately regarding our reasoning for removing the cozy blanket of wool from our ewes while the seasons are at their coldest. Our biggest reason is preparation for the coming lambs. If the ewes have long … Continue reading

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Sunshine in February

I got everyone out for some exercise today, since it was gorgeous, sunny, and not too muddy. The pregnant ewes need exercise, and everyone enjoys fresh air and sunshine! The bellies are getting large, and we are looking forward to … Continue reading

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Time of Expectation

Mid-winter. The sheep are (hopefully) pregnant, and their wool has had nearly a year of growth. They are looking fluffy and round. In a few weeks we will be shearing, and despite our struggles to keep hay out of the … Continue reading

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