Category Archives: Manure

The end of breeding season 2017

In the early days, I would set a start date and an end date (sometime in early September) for our breeding season. But I’ve found over the years that the start date is much easier to determine than the finish. The eventual end date ends up being a delicate balance between getting every ewe bred […]

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 […]

Fecal sampling

Today’s blog will likely make non-shepherds wonder why on earth we’d care about the hows and whens of fecal sampling. Don’t sheep produce enough manure that this isn’t an issue? After all, each sheep (100-200 pounds) produces 4-8 pounds of manure per day! Surely I should be able to grab some of that and have […]

Experience, parasites, and the drive to fight and live

Porter died in his favorite spot in the paddock. A bucket of water and a handful of raspberry leaves (highly nutritious and a great favorite among sheep) were in front of him, untouched. A good friend and I were recently talking about Porter’s death. I have been shepherding for sixteen years, and she has had […]

More about Christmas trees — feeding your flock

In Wednesday’s post I discussed where to find trees and how to select them. After making sure your selected trees haven’t been sprayed with flame retardant and are not sporting tinsel or ornaments, you’ve brought the stash to your farm and you’re ready to feed your flock. But first, here are a few things to […]