The year 2022 is coming to a close, in four days we will begin the year 2023. As a sheep farmer, I am starting to think on the financial and quality of my sheep business. I am a sheep farmer, my sheep farm is a business. It is time to start creating the 2023 Business…… Continue reading Before a New Year
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The Beginning of the Sheep Journey
Today, I went through my flock to take an inventory, assessing their body condition, timing of lambing and how the lambs were growing. Today, all my sheep look like and most are registered Dorper sheep. That is not how this journey of raising sheep started. There have only been a twice I have owned sheep.…… Continue reading The Beginning of the Sheep Journey
While I have been away helping my daughter with her family in September and first part of October, I have been thinking how to make my farm more efficient. One item I have been thinking about is how to make it easier to feed the sheep this winter. The barn area needs better feeding hayracks,…… Continue reading Efficiency
Maintaining Quality in Your Sheep
Making a profit raising sheep is the main focus, but maintaining or improving your quality of sheep will maintain or increase the value of your sheep, creating more profit. Being objective when looking at your flock and selecting replacement ewes is vital. You can not look at a sheep as that sheep is my favorite,…… Continue reading Maintaining Quality in Your Sheep
Every sheep farm needs a marketing strategy. As a sheep farmer what are your dreams and goals for your sheep farm? Do you enjoy the breed of sheep you are raising? What I mean by enjoy the breed of sheep you are raising, the products your sheep produce, do you use them? or are you…… Continue reading Marketing Strategy
Savor the Sunshine
Photo by George Becker on Pexels.com The past three days has been cold, windy and cloudy. I do not like stepping outside on cold days, like below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. I have never cared for the wind, and a cold north wind is miserable for me. I love to look at individual clouds and cloud…… Continue reading Savor the Sunshine
The yearling ewes I had retained are getting ready to lamb. The lambs from these ewes will be 75% or Full Blood Dorpers. I will be keeping all the ewe lambs from this group of ewes, but all the ram lambs will be able to be registered, either 75% or Full Blood Dorper. Before the…… Continue reading Ear Tags
Walking the Line
Photo by Blue Bird on Pexels.com Today was a warm, sunny day. A perfect day to walk the line, fence line that is. When the weather is a warm as today, but not overly warm, I check the fence line. I bring some wire, wire pliers and the dog, Hank along with me as I…… Continue reading Walking the Line
Weaning time has arrive, actually I am a week late in weaning the lambs. Sheep for the most part are quiet animals, until weaning time. I will have two to three days and nights of constant baaing. I schedule weaning when the lambs are eight weeks old. This year due to a serious cold front…… Continue reading It’s Noisy
Have You Seen My Brain?
My husband often hears this question as I am walking from room to room searching. His response is “between your ears” and laughs. To me it is not very funny as my “brain” is very important. What I am searching for is my calendar planner. Photo by Olya Kobruseva on Pexels.com This calendar planner is…… Continue reading Have You Seen My Brain?