Tag Archives: grazing

Buried in grass

Because of last year’s heavy parasite season, this year we kept our sheep off of most of our fields until about July 1. Of course, those fields didn’t stop growing simply because there were no animals to graze them. Keeping up with spring growth isn’t easy even in a normal year, and this year I’m […]

They’re out and free to graze!

It’s been a long spring for both the flock and for me. Rather than turning them out to graze in the early spring and rotating them through our many pastures through this entire growing season as in a typical year, we made the decision months ago to allow only the lambs and their mothers to […]

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 […]

Lamb and parasite update

Our lambs were weaned over Memorial Day weekend, and it was our plan to collect pre-deworming fecal samples, then deworm them at weaning, and eventually collect post-deworming fecal samples about a week or so later, finally moving them out onto clean pasture miles from here this past weekend. In the end, it all happened except […]

The flock and the lost sheep

As a shepherd, I work with sheep daily; in fact, most people would correctly say that I work with a flock of sheep. The term flock is defined by vocabulary.com as “a group of animals, like birds or sheep, that have congregated together.” This definition is technically correct, but when you do the work that […]