Category Archives: Lamb development

More considerations regarding parasites

In the last blog, I outlined some of the options I’ve been considering regarding last year’s heavy parasite load as it now begins to impact this year. Because of our recent mild winter, I know the parasite loads in our fields will be heavy, and need to decide on a plan of attack moving forward. […]

Decisions regarding parasites

Regular readers will recall that last year was what I called “the perfect storm for parasites” when our mild winter in 2015/2016 turned into a warm and wet spring and summer in 2016, allowing the internal parasites that all sheep normally carry to bloom in our fields, infecting our sheep at never-seen-before levels. Our ewes […]

Types of mothers

Before I had sheep, I guess I didn’t give how they mother much thought. If I had, I think I would have assumed that Mother Nature had blessed them with mothering intuition that was pretty much standard – they knew what they needed to know and that was that! A our flock grew and we […]

Bottle lambs

I am asked literally dozens of times each spring whether we have any bottle lambs and whether others can come and help feed them. To many people, nothing seems sweeter than a bottle lamb. They imagine a soft and cuddly baby that eagerly anticipates their visits, rhythmically tugs on the bottle with eyes half open, […]

Winter warmth

Many Iowans are enjoying our unseasonably warm weather. Our highs, normally in the mid 30s, have been in the 60s for about a week; and the lows, usually in the teens, were in the 50s last night. I sit here at my computer in a T-shirt and jeans, what I was wearing when I did […]

Low birth weight lambs

In the shepherding world, not all lambs are created equal. When we first started our flock, our newborn lambs weighed an average of about eight pounds, with as many above that weight as below. As I began my shepherding journey, collecting data as we went, I soon realized that those lambs who weighed less than […]