How EXCITING!!! I'm glad that I'm not the only one who has shade porches installed on animal houses.
Your new girls are lovely. What breed are they? I can't imagine WHY you didn't want to unload them by moonlight - what could possibly go wrong???
The shirts are great! Is it a package deal with the sheep? I have one with a big CAUTION across the chest and 'this person may talk about cows for no reason'
The Texas Five are White Dorpers, registered and from some of the top bloodlines in the country. Whe @Ridgetop said she was going to reduce her flock for moving to Texas, I said bring me one! In her typical fashion, she brought me FIVE!
I will incorporate them into my flock. Dorpers are meatier than Katahdins and I will be breeding for conformation. Katahdins are parasite resistant, Dorpers not so much. I’ll be closely monitoring The Texas Five for parasites. California summers are hot and DRY, parasites can’t survive there. East Texas is parasite central, a place where worms thrive. Sheep will drop dead from parasites.
This will also give Ridgetop a good idea of what to expect when they bring her flock. We plan on me going to run fecals on her sheep, so she can identify which ones need worming.
Taking livestock from one weather extreme location to another is very hard on them. She may have to “baby” the sheep she brings from California and then concentrate on their offspring. The sheep born here will be acclimated and will do better than the ones brought here.
The Texas Five is kind of a front runner, letting her know what to expect.
Love the shirts!
Wow - they made good time getting there - and missed the weather here -- a well deserved miss of this storm.
The Texas Five look GREAT!! You may need to get some more animal crackers you've got some "bonding" to do!
She’s not doing real good, probably going to be diagnosed with COPD.
Then my sister in law called on the way to the other hospital. Her daughter in law is pregnant and has pregnancy diabetes. Her blood pressure was through the roof. They are keeping her in the hospital for 24 hours. So I went over there for a couple hours.
Ok here’s pictures! I left truck and trailer in the driveway last night. The gate to the pen didn’t line up with the trailer gate, so I drove in the back pasture to turn around and head back out the driveway. Then I got a couple of hog panels to make a chute.
I needed to close the gap between the trailer and the fence, so I robbed a half cow panel gate off the other pen.
I laid out the panels.
I stood them up and tied it all together with hay string. TA-DA! The sheep have a chute to take them from the trailer to their pen!
I opened the middle gate on the trailer and The Texas Five jumped right, happy to put their hooves on Texas soil!