Category Archives: flock additions

Ram flock leader ObiWan

Like some humans, sheep can rise through the ranks of the flock to a point beyond their capabilities; they can lack confidence in their ability to perform, which creates problems. When this happens, we often see behavior that is intended to hide the insecurity. In hindsight, I believe that this was the case with ObiWan […]

Gabby’s surprise

Gabby, our nearly eleven-year-old Romeldale/CVM ewe, is our oldest sheep. In her younger years, she produced multiple award-winning fleeces and numerous breeding-quality lambs, including four sets of triplets. I kept few of her offspring, since we often sell our very best lambs to customers who are just starting their flocks. We treat our customers the […]

Our shepherding calendar

A shepherd friend in Minnesota asked whether I’ve made a list of when we do what during the shepherding year. Over the years I have researched and studied all kinds of sheep-related things — the optimum time for breeding in our region, the best way to set up breeding for multiple lambs, the best time […]

Selection and sheep

An online dictionary defines selection as “carefully choosing something as being the best or most suitable.” When it comes to sheep, there are many factors that go into the process and, in one way or another, some sheep are going to be selected for or against. A shepherd can’t avoid selection; the question is who […]

The approach of breeding season

It is hard to believe, but breeding season is less than five weeks away, beginning for us this year on Saturday, September 16th. Everyone goes about setting up their breeding groups in a different way. Some shepherds will keep only one ram, and every ewe they own will go in with that one guy. They […]

Making friends

I mostly look at physical traits when I purchase sheep, but especially when it comes to rams, I also consider temperament. Specifically, we would not purchase a ram who has displayed violent behavior. Temperament can be hereditary, and we need our rams to be reasonably safe around people. Temperament in ewes, however, is a whole […]