Tag Archives: Oleg

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 […]


One of the delightful properties of wool is its crimp. With good crimp, a woolen garment has memory, returning to its original shape. Many of us have owned lovely sweaters that, before long, had cuffs that stretched out and didn’t return to hug our wrists – and this is an indicator of poor crimp in […]

In the eye of the beholder

Shepherds often discuss topics as widely varied as our sheep. Whether on the phone, by email, or in person, most sheep people recognize that we are a dying breed and that we have so much information to share. In a discussion the other day, another shepherd and I were talking about some of our best […]

A tiny update

Although lambs weighing under about eight pounds at birth tend to be at higher risk for death, Odessa and Oleg (born weighing only 3.7 and 3.3 pounds respectively) have been thriving in the jug with their mother, Natasha. For the first week, I would steel myself before each visit to the barn, prepared to find […]