Tag Archives: growth

A stunning disappointment

With only an occasional exception, our breeding rams come from our own flock. We make genetic progress each year by carrying one or more particular traits into the next generation, and then we keep only those lambs who reflect this genetic improvement. The only way to know whether a purchased ram will reflect an improvement […]

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 […]

Quaker and Qayin

In 2004, I purchased a couple of purebred Romney ewes from a flock on the East Coast as foundation animals for our purebred Romney flock. Camille was colored and her friend Celeste was white. Of the two, Camille was the bigger of the two, but Celeste was both more prolific and the one with the […]

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 […]

Low birth weight lambs

In the shepherding world, not all lambs are created equal. When we first started our flock, our newborn lambs weighed an average of about eight pounds, with as many above that weight as below. As I began my shepherding journey, collecting data as we went, I soon realized that those lambs who weighed less than […]

Showing

First a note about the title of this post. Readers who are well acquainted with our farm know that we don’t show our sheep. We have developed enough of a reputation for our animals and their wool that we do not need the exposure of the show ring. Avoiding the show ring also allows us […]

Feeding during gestation

Probably the easiest error to make in the early years of shepherding is to provide the wrong level of nutrition to the gestating ewes. This is typically a “rookie mistake” that occurs once or twice as the shepherd learns the intricacies of gestational requirements. Unfortunately this learning curve can occur at the expense of the […]

An update on Peter

After last Friday’s blog update, I received a question about this year’s ram lamb Peter. He is Hannah’s son, sired by Hannah’s son Martin (born 2013). The details of how Peter came to be are in our blog dated April 4, 2016, and I know from my email inbox that there is interest about how […]