Category Archives: Lamb development

Milk fever, Tums, and sick sheep

I got a call the other day from a good friend and fellow shepherdess who had a ewe who recently delivered a large lamb and, soon after, became weak and disoriented, just lying in the straw and showing little interest in her lamb. My friend had recognized the symptoms as those of “milk fever,” more […]

Benevolent rams

Sheep temperament is hereditary. That is not to say you will always get a sweet offspring from two sweet and gentle parents, but the parentage certainly doesn’t hurt! And like most traits that have a hereditary component, the more strongly you select for a trait among your flock members, the more likely you are to […]

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 […]

Another question — this one about breeding

The other day I answered a question from a young shepherd about shearing in cold weather, and afterwards he had an additional question on an uncommon but not unheard-of situation regarding ultrasounding. Three of his ewes came up open in the scan, so he decided to put them back in with one of his rams […]

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 […]