Author Archives: Dee

Feeding our ewes

Because we were gone for a total of about three of the past six weeks, we’re on a rather unusual-for-us feeding schedule right now, with late-day feeding. Although our sheep have been used to getting their daily ration in the late afternoon or early evening, our farm-sitters had to feed at the tail end of […]

A new chapter

Regular readers might have noticed that, although I have historically been as predictable as the sunset with my blogs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I’ve recently been a bit forgetful, sometimes posting late and other times missing the post entirely. There’s a  reason for that, which until now I haven’t been ready to share. I […]

Melt and mush, wet and mud

As one would expect, the shepherding world is heavily intertwined with the seasons and the weather. The sheep graze when the weather is warm and grass grows, and they eat hay when the cold temperatures hit and the fields and vegetation go dormant. Breeding season is situated to avoid the heat of the summer and […]

Parasite control and sheep in Iowa’s cold

Regular readers might recall that the summer of 2016 was an unusual one for the bloom of parasites in our region: weather conditions were perfect for the dramatic rise of internal parasite larvae in our pastures which resulted in illness and death in many of our youngest flock members. We initiated a plan to reduce […]

A shearing date

For nearly 15 years, our shearing date has been the Saturday of the last full weekend of January — that would be January 27th this year. Our shearing date has been carefully selected based on the seasons and the production stage of the flock — late enough in gestation to increase the birth weights of […]

Bred ewe lambs

At some point, nearly all shepherds find themselves in a situation where — due to planning or an “oops” — one or more of the ewe lambs end up bred and due to deliver around or before their first birthday. If the situation arises because of an accident, the shepherd may feel a bit of […]