Last year at this time, 50 pound market lambs were selling for $5.00 USD per pound or a little more. I had hoped for my own profit the price was that high again. Markets flueate. The market prices for lambs are what they were at this time in 2020. With what I have had to…… Continue reading December Markets
My ewes are starting to put lambs on the ground again. This will be my last lambing for 2022. I divide my ewes into breeding groups in order to breed more ewes with two rams. Rotating my rams through small groups of ewes, 5 to 8 ewes, for two months breeding time allows me to…… Continue reading Lambing Again.
What are bottle babies at the sheep and goat auctions or any livestock auction? Bottle babies are baby sheep, goats, or livestock that for many reasons have to be raised by a human with regular feedings from a bottle or bucket or milk machine. Often the mother dies or is unable to feed the baby…… Continue reading Bottle Babies
Being a sheep farmer is not an easy, feed the sheep and they will make you money type of income. Sheep require work, making sure they are well. Shearing once a year if you have wool sheep. There is feet trimming and care along with other health maintenance. A person can not leave for a…… Continue reading Why a Sheep Farmer?
Lambing time is nearing again. Sheep do not have a long getations time, approximately five months. I look forward to lambing although it is the busiest time during the year. The last month seems to last sooo long. I have an idea of when the lambs will start arriving as I have dates the rams…… Continue reading Waiting the Last Month
The past few days I have been preparing the farm for the first freeze of the year. The frosty air of fall and winter with the artistic touches of crystals on everything is not the winter wonderland where I live. When it freezes here, we get ice, cold ice covering everything. Often we get rain,…… Continue reading Prepping for a Freeze
As a sheep farmer, most people do not realize the important role a farmer plays in the scheme of the area, country and world. Not many people talk about farmers regardless of what product they produce. Being a farmer is a very important occupation – we provide food for others. People have to eat. Even…… Continue reading A Place in the World
When I do my morning and evening feeding or anytime I am working with the sheep I do evaluations on their condition and health. Being aware of how a sheep is doing is the key to spotting a sick sheep or a lame sheep. Then there are times I look at the sheep for a…… Continue reading Evaluating Sheep Together
Working daily with sheep is hard work. The work would be even more difficult if I did not have my top ranch hand to help, Hank. I am very thankful for Hank and the job he does helping me with sheep. Hank is a registered border collie dog. His breeding is to work cattle. He…… Continue reading Hank
I am a sheep farmer that raised Dorper sheep, a hair sheep developed in South Africa. The primary purpose of developing this breed of sheep was to have a breed of sheep that could produce an excellent quality carcass on low vegetation. As a sheep farmer, I work at breeding sheep to met the breed…… Continue reading Dorper Lamb Meat