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?
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
I receive a periodic publication from the American Dorper Sheep Breeders Association. The publication keeps the members up to date on different events and happenings affecting the Dorper sheep breed and the sheep industry. There are always information on placing advertising in the publication along with advertising your farm in the back of the publication.…… Continue reading Advertising
I have always enjoyed working with animals and the land. Each year I raise a small garden. There is something about putting my hands in the soil the brings me joy and an inner peace. I observe how everything is growing on my little farm. Today, while filling up water troughs, I noticed an area…… Continue reading Rewards from Farming
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
I am home for a few weeks. Since the August 29, I have been at my daughter’s assisting her family with the waiting and arrival of triplets. I had the pleasure of taking care of my granddaughter while mom was in the hospital. When the babies came home, I continued with assisting in the care…… Continue reading Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jog
As a sheep farmer, I felt I needed to learn some about economics. It is good I have accounting experience and knowledge of managing a business. Economics was touched on slightly when I was obtaining an accounting degree. This year I felt I needed to learn more than a basic idea of economics. I wanted…… Continue reading Sheep and Economics
Beginning in March, I scheduled the breeding of sheep, dates for lambing around one event, one day. In March, my youngest daughter informed me she was pregnant. News I was excited to hear. Most grandmothers are happy to hear of another grandchild coming into the family. A month later I received another phone call, with…… Continue reading Anticipation