Category Archives: Gestation

Parasites

I have mentioned many times recently that our sheep have been fighting quite a load of parasites because of this year’s weather. I am sure that people who don’t have experience with sheep are thinking something like, “Why don’t you just kill them off?” Well, to understand why this is the case, you need to […]

The beginning of lambing

For those of you a bit confused by the title, no, it’s not the beginning of lambing here at Peeper Hollow Farm! Not yet, anyway. But our breeding groups have been together for more than four weeks, now — well past the halfway point of our six-week breeding season — so we can now see […]

Calculating hay

A farm’s hay quota must be calculated long before the feed is needed. In the early years — with only three sheep — we didn’t use much hay, so locating enough and getting it into our barn was not a big issue . We could just make arrangements in fall. Now with one hundred sheep […]

Creep feed

Our newborn lambs begin their exposure to grain and alfalfa at a very young age. Their digestion of these foods doesn’t really happen in a very efficient manner until they are about six weeks old, but that process is dependent upon early exposure, so within days of birth, they have access to unlimited quantities of […]

Lambing statistics

This year’s lambing ended this past Saturday, and as part of the cleanup, I always compile statistics to give us a picture of the results. This year, for a variety of reasons (including cancer in one of our primary rams and two groups assigned to ram lambs who proved too immature to breed), we had […]

Done!

I knew when I posted on Friday that it wouldn’t be long. There’s a look that ewes get when they are close to delivering — it might yet be a day or two, but if you watch them closely, you can tell. Both O’Chloe and January had “the look” and I hoped that I would […]