Category Archives: Weaning

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 […]

Where are fleeces from Winter Shearing?

Most of us who shepherd a flock have two main raw materials to work with: wool and lambs. Of course the more creative shepherd might also find a market for sheep manure, and those who are more artistic may find a market for “value added” products like yarn, wool batting, and the like. In the […]

A moment of satisfaction

Now that the majority of the ewes have had their lambs weaned, they are hard at work trying to rebuild their bodies. In August just before breeding season begins, they are generally well-padded from a summer on our lush pastures that are filled with not only grass, but all manner of wildflowers, weeds, and brush. […]

A tale of two lambs

Opus and Oath are both Romeldale/CVM ram lambs born to my flock this spring. Although they are members of the same breed, they are also very different. Opus is our fastest growing lamb, gaining nearly 1.2 pounds per day since his birth two months and nine days ago. Oath, on the other hand, is one […]