sheep

  1. R

    What killed my Ewe?

    Literally just happened within the the past several hours. I last checked on the flock at around 12pm today. Came to check on them now at 3pm, and my eldest Ewe is dead and extremely bloated... Did she die from bloat??? For a bit of background, we had purchased this ewe with her lambs last...
  2. R

    SafeGuard for Tapeworm Dosage and Usage?

    Hello all! We just got into Katahdin Sheep recently, as we want to get into raising them for meat. Our herd is currently 7 individuals. Today I noticed my youngest began pooping out what I believe is tapeworm segments.. I have goats as well, so on hand I have Goat Safeguard. I was hoping to...
  3. A

    Basic H as a de-wormer?

    Hi all, does anyone use Basic H as a de-wormer? I ran across some information today that talked about how you can use it for sheep and cows, even dogs, as a de-wormer. They said 1.5t to a gallon of water every few months. Does anyone know if you can use this for other ruminants like goats or...
  4. Roving Jacobs

    Spotty lambs 2020

    7 days, 20 lambs, 0 sleep Everyone is doing well at around a week old though! Ten rams and ten ewes. I have a handful more that I bought late that will be lambing next month but this is most of them. Forgive the cell phone pictures, I figured blurry pictures were better than no pictures. I live...
  5. I

    How to find a market

    My husband and I are wanting to do some small scale farming. Just something that makes enough profit to pay for itself and maybe a little bit of pocket money. We had a circumstance where we cared for two pigs for a woman and the deal was she buys all their needs, we care for them. The idea was...
  6. I

    What to farm

    summary is at the bottom Hello for the California part of the Mojave Desert. So just a brief intro my husband and I bought a three acre property out in the desert about a twenty minute drive away from a big traveling pit stop on the way to Vegas. We love animals and livestock and have cared for...
  7. K

    Close to Lambing????

    It has been a while since I posted about my three adopted pregnant Ewes. The man that I purchased them from swore that they should give birth in September however here we are November and I still have no lambs. The girls are definitely pregnant however I don’t think they were as far along as...
  8. thylacinu

    Keeping multiple breeds?

    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I can't seem to find much information on this particular situation, and I'm brand new to this world. Are there any issues that can come from keeping different breeds of sheep with each other? I'm curious about any considerations for husbandry or behavior...
  9. Beekissed

    Katahdin body styles...

    I was reading an interesting article awhile back about two types of body styles noticed in the Katahdin breed: https://ewewin.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/two-distinct-body-styles-in-katahdin-sheep/ My last Katahdin had the type A body and hair, but this pair I have now are a little mixed up and...
  10. C

    TX - Gulf Coast Ram (no longer available)

    TX, near Houston. GCN intact ram born 1/31/2019 available for sale. Twin, polled, sired by a registered ram, pictured beside him below. This sweetheart (we call him Chesterton) loves chin-scratchings. His father is a good-tempered registered GCN who peaceably stays with the ewes year-round...
  11. Beekissed

    Culling to make the herd suit your management and pasture.

    Wonderful view on husbandry and one that I share: https://tannachtonfarm.com/2018/02/25/greg-judy-on-toxic-fescue-part-3/ Greg Judy on parasite resistant sheep, not deworming livestock, graining sheep vs. grass fed sheep, etc. His portion of the vid is a little ways into it. What kinds...
  12. Beekissed

    Holistic pasture management/farming.....

    ....anyone doing it? Through the Lord's leading, I had started some of these methods over the years and even here recently (found, by God's design, how much seed and fertilizer there is in mulch hay and started scavenging for it to spread on this nutrient poor soil)without having knowledge...
  13. shepherdO

    Reed Canary Grass Hay - any experience?

    I need a few more bales of hay stored up to get me through the winter as I have more stock this year. Anyhoo, there's a good deal on some local hay around my way - it's 'reed canary grass hay'. Any experience with this? Apparently some varieties can be high in alkaloids and prompt staggers...
  14. Beekissed

    Feelin' a bit sheepish...

    ...and loving it! Getting back into sheep in a small way and need a place to journal about it all. Starting again with Katahdins, my fave breed, and will keep a very small herd of one full time ram, a wether and a few ewes until I see what my pasture can support. Won't have the wether until...
  15. shepherdO

    Fattening up Mutton

    Okay, so I'm going to be sending my two old rambouillet-suffolk gals of to butcher at the end of October, as they're getting on in years. Both needed intervention (only 1 of their 4 lambs survived), although both fostered a couple lambs. I'm wondering how to beef them up a bit between now and...
  16. Beekissed

    Watering nipples...anyone have them for sheep?

    I got the basic Lixit nipple for the sheep but can't seem to train them in its use...smeared it with peanut butter and that disappeared but they still aren't drinking from that source, though they didn't have any other source. Drank like crazy after being penned in with the nipple as the only...
  17. Blamo'sBestBuddy

    Is there a breed that never needs shearing?

    Hi all, I signed up about a month or 2 ago but have not been very active. I am very new to farming and have one garden (pretty small) and a flock of 6 chickens. I am hoping to start a farm someday and found this forum while researching. Now I have a question about sheep,: Is there a breed that...
  18. Roving Jacobs

    Roving's 2019 Lambs

    5 days, 13 ewes, 16 lambs, and I'm done for the month. I've got a goat due later in the month because goats don't abide by anyone's schedules and 3 ewes that cycled again and are due in May but otherwise that's it. Way more singles this year than usual but I didn't flush and nearly half my...
  19. shepherdO

    How hard should a ewe 'push' in stage 1 labour?

    As I've detailed in my previous post, I have an older first time ewe in labour right now, and not seeming to be getting anywhere. No waters yet, did an exam and cervix is not fully dilated, though lamb seems to be there waiting (either head or back - something hard at least was felt). My...
  20. E

    Sheep on 1/2 acre?

    Is it realistic to have 2 milk sheep on 1/2 acre? There's already chain link all around. If the space is adequate, how would the fence need to be modified to keep them in? Thanks!
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