Category Archives: Gestation

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 […]

Saving Patton

Good shepherding involves a certain store of factual information filed away in the recesses of your brain. Obviously the more you know about your sheep, the better choices you can make for their care. Over the years, I have done a lot of research and have gained a wealth of knowledge, and when the time […]

Life and death

There is no time in the shepherd’s year that is as emotion-filled as lambing. Some of the stories are heart-warming, others are edge-of-your-seat exciting, and yet others are heart-wrenching. This is, unfortunately, one of the latter; but I post it to balance out the view you may have of my life. Yes, frolicking lambs are […]