Tag Archives: coats

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 […]

The final countdown

Tomorrow is a big day at Peeper Hollow Farm. Within a few short hours, we will harvest a full year’s growth of fleece from our 51 ewes: 29 Romeldales (19 adults and 10 lambs) and 22 Romneys (20 adults and 2 lambs). We’ll then haul 51 bundles of wool into the house, each weighing an […]

New coats!

Since each of our sheep is coated within hours — usually within minutes — of their birth, we use a lot of coats. Coats cost quite a bit of money, and because I prefer the more expensive version imported from Australia (the Matilda brand carried by Sheepman Supply), I’m always looking for a good deal […]

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 […]

Skin and wool loss

Note: Since readers have varying tolerances, this blog might not appeal to those who are quite squeamish. If one of my sheep-raising readers has experienced the same skin/wool loss in his or her flock, please let me know what, if anything, you and your vet discovered. When you run over a hundred sheep during the […]