Category Archives: Weather

A feeling of satisfaction

Because of Iowa’s climate and the limited acreage that we have for our flock, our sheep must eat harvested forage in the form of hay for about six months of every year. During that time of year, I haul hundreds of pounds of hay each day, moving it from our hay storage areas to the […]

A coming drought?

There have been rumblings for several months that we could very well expect a drought in this region this year. I’ve heard it from old-time farmers and from meteorologists, from hay producers and amateur forecasters. When we had such a very mild winter followed by a very wet spring, I recognized this pattern as the […]

An escape attempt

I wrote last Friday (May 19) about our newest houseguest, Herkie the baby sparrow. When he literally dropped into my life, he was a tiny featherless creature that looked more like an itty-bitty dinosaur than a bird. Rick and I set aside a corner of our dining room as a rehabilitation area, complete with heating […]

An internal parasite eradication plan

I knew when we brought in our sheep from pasture last year that I’d have to develop a plan to deal with internal parasites this spring. I didn’t know at that time exactly what we’d be facing, but after the “perfect storm” for parasites last summer, I knew that dealing with its aftermath in 2017 […]

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 […]

The end of lambing 2017

With Romeldale/CVM Ilaina’s delivery of a single ewe lamb Quiana late on Friday, our lambing season drew to an end. It was quite a finish, since Quiana is not only a beautiful ewe lamb, but also the heaviest lamb of the season weighing in at 16.1 lbs! The next largest lamb is also a single […]