Category Archives: Coating

Trying to figure out Ilaina and Maisie

This is the last week of breeding season at Peeper Hollow Farm. Nearly every week through this breeding season, we have changed the crayons that the rams wear to mark the ewes when they are bred; we’ve gone through yellow, orange, red, and green over these past weeks, and are now on blue. Changing crayons […]

Breeding season begins!

Our breeding season began yesterday as we gathered all of the ewes and checked them over one last time before dividing them into their breeding groups. We dewormed any who needed it, changed coats, trimmed dirty wool tags, and generally cleaned each girl up as her turn came, finally weighing her just before putting her […]

New coats!

Since each of our sheep is coated within hours — usually within minutes — of their birth, we use a lot of coats. Coats cost quite a bit of money, and because I prefer the more expensive version imported from Australia (the Matilda brand carried by Sheepman Supply), I’m always looking for a good deal […]

Dealing with oppressive heat

The last few days have not only seen very high temperatures for Iowa, but when combined with the humidity, the heat has been oppressive. Worse yet, the night-time lows have remained around eighty, meaning that our sheep can’t even cool off at night – the very worst of hot weather in the Midwest. This type […]

Skin and wool loss

Note: Since readers have varying tolerances, this blog might not appeal to those who are quite squeamish. If one of my sheep-raising readers has experienced the same skin/wool loss in his or her flock, please let me know what, if anything, you and your vet discovered. When you run over a hundred sheep during the […]