Category Archives: Parasites

The lawn!

Our ewes are on their last round through our pastures, and as they leave each field, I “put the pasture to bed” for the winter. I mow each field off, leaving little cover to harbor parasites and allowing the cold north winds to kill off as many of them as possible when the temps finally […]

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 […]

Moving and settling in

Sheep take time to integrate into a new flock, and how much time depends upon many different factors. Many shepherds never consider this integration time – they move sheep hither and yon with little thought to the fact that these are living creatures that have made a home and a life at another farm. The […]

More losses

This has been a very rough year for our sheep, particularly our lambs. Internal parasites have been terrible due to a number of factors. We had a relatively mild winter, which allowed most of the parasite eggs shed last summer to hatch out this spring (compared to the 15% that usually make it through after […]

Dealing with oppressive heat

The last few days have not only seen very high temperatures for Iowa, but when combined with the humidity, the heat has been oppressive. Worse yet, the night-time lows have remained around eighty, meaning that our sheep can’t even cool off at night – the very worst of hot weather in the Midwest. This type […]