Category Archives: Weather

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 […]

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 […]

Hiding in plain sight

Today is the first potential day of lambing, so although I’m still skirting fleeces, my mind is turning to thoughts of new lambs. A lot of work goes into preparations for the new arrivals, and nothing is as important as the level of nutrition for each and every ewe so that she and her upcoming […]

When they don’t get up

I am out among the sheep every day, doling out their feed and checking on the flock. This welfare check looks for health issues that aren’t readily apparent. As prey animals, sheep have a very strong instinct to hide their pain or illness, knowing that any displayed weakness could bring them to the attention of […]

Wet wool

Shearing is this coming weekend, and my days are filled with advance preparations: rounding up our volunteers, setting up the clipboards for recording everything we do, planning three meals plus snacks. This and more helps create a successful harvesting of wool from our fifty ewes. I have always kept track of local weather forecasts. And […]

Wool blind

When I first heard the term wool blind, I had both a bit of confusion and a series of interesting images: Shepherds who couldn’t see wool? A small hut covered in wool to use for spying on sheep? As it turns out, it is the sheep who can become wool blind. It tends to occur […]