Tag Archives: gestation

Life and death

There is no time in the shepherd’s year that is as emotion-filled as lambing. Some of the stories are heart-warming, others are edge-of-your-seat exciting, and yet others are heart-wrenching. This is, unfortunately, one of the latter; but I post it to balance out the view you may have of my life. Yes, frolicking lambs are […]

Whose lambs?

Lambing is a challenging time for any shepherd, no matter how many years of experience. Not only is the shepherdess sleep-deprived due to middle-of-the-night barn checks (even if they are done via a camera system), but it is a higher-risk period for both the ewes and their unborn or newly born lambs. Decisions must often […]

Shearing, weather and proper feeding

This is the time of year when the ewe flock’s nutrition is critical — not only does what they ingest provide for the growth of their lambs, but it also helps keep them warm on cold winter days! For new shepherds, this is the time of year when nutritional issues in their management are most […]

Nutrition during gestation: avoiding pregnancy toxemia

Nutrition is critical for any sheep flock, and even more so when the ewes are bred — particularly during the last trimester, when the unborn lambs gain about 70% of their growth. At this time nutrition can become a matter of life or death for both the ewe and the lambs she carries. The next […]