- Feb 2, 2014
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I agree with Bay, start with something not too expensive and practice with that.
At this moment we want experience before turning and doing registered stock, since we are doing our best to get this little place up on its feet in a single income household so we likely will be keeping whatever doelings are born and selling the rams and switching out the ram every once and a while or how ever it is done so then inbreeding isn't a problem. My dad at this moment is very set on raising a pure blood line and doesn't want a mixed breed... but who knows what the future will bring.Are you going to raise them for slaughter lambs? Or are you going to raise registered stock? I would suggest "grade" lambs to start with. If you kill one or a few with ignorance or because things go all wrong, it will hurt, but it won't hurt as much as losing major $$$$ that you paid for registered stock. Way too many of us know the pain of loss, but we pick ourselves up after crying our eyes out and keep going, looking forward to the next lambs or kids or whatever we are raising.
My next ram will be a registered Dorper and I plan on adding a few registered ewes too. Right now, I am happy to have my cross bred sheep to learn on. It will be hard to give up my present Dorper ram, he is a sweetheart, VERY good natured, calm and not mean at all. He butted me a few times because he wanted attention so I chased him around the pen yelling and scared the bejeebers out of him. He is being good.....so far LOL Never turn your back on a ram.
I have tried telling him that..... my father can be stubborn at times ... which is frustrating to NO END!!!! especially when it turns out I was right in the end......it sucks being my age... my father doesn't take me seriously yet....I agree with Bay, start with something not too expensive and practice with that.
I'm helping him create an count tonight. It's not that he's not open to advice, he just has his own plans and ideas at the momentWell, turn him on to this site as there's gonna come a time when he's gonna want/need answers, and the folks here will help him out and he might even pick up a few tidbits of info on the way.
He says he thinks it might help to be able to fall back and have people who know what they are doing. Might be?hell in only a few posts I know more about farming than I learned reading books this website is a garden of knowledge and people with different perspectives on farming. And the people are fun tooNothing wrong with that at all. But I can say with some experience that plans & ideas rarely go exactly as anticipated. It all tends to fall by the wayside when something starts going south and you need answers. There are a lot of experienced and knowledgeable folks here and they are all ready to help when that emergency comes up. A nice benefit is we don't charge by the hour and if the answer isn't known the advice provided will be to get to a vet! Having said that, you want to be sure that the vet you choose is a large animal/farm animal vet with some experience with sheep. A "pet vet" won't have a clue and can often do more harm than good.