Tag Archives: llamas

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 […]

Calculating hay

A farm’s hay quota must be calculated long before the feed is needed. In the early years — with only three sheep — we didn’t use much hay, so locating enough and getting it into our barn was not a big issue . We could just make arrangements in fall. Now with one hundred sheep […]

Shepherding

I often write about the activities of the flock: feeding, grazing, breeding, shearing, skirting fleeces, lambing. The list of what we do seems endless — not only to you as readers, but sometimes also to me as the shepherdess. There is a lot to do when keeping sheep. Yet sometimes it is easy to forget […]

More on meningeal worms

On Friday I blogged about a fellow shepherdess who had one of her new ewe lambs stricken by meningeal worms, a terrible parasite that destroys tissues of the central nervous system in ruminants such as sheep, llamas, alpacas, goats, and elk. I think it is important for shepherds to better understand this very dangerous adversary […]