Tag Archives: parasites

Fecal sampling

Today’s blog will likely make non-shepherds wonder why on earth we’d care about the hows and whens of fecal sampling. Don’t sheep produce enough manure that this isn’t an issue? After all, each sheep (100-200 pounds) produces 4-8 pounds of manure per day! Surely I should be able to grab some of that and have […]

More losses

This has been a very rough year for our sheep, particularly our lambs. Internal parasites have been terrible due to a number of factors. We had a relatively mild winter, which allowed most of the parasite eggs shed last summer to hatch out this spring (compared to the 15% that usually make it through after […]

Experience, parasites, and the drive to fight and live

Porter died in his favorite spot in the paddock. A bucket of water and a handful of raspberry leaves (highly nutritious and a great favorite among sheep) were in front of him, untouched. A good friend and I were recently talking about Porter’s death. I have been shepherding for sixteen years, and she has had […]

A tale of two lambs

Opus and Oath are both Romeldale/CVM ram lambs born to my flock this spring. Although they are members of the same breed, they are also very different. Opus is our fastest growing lamb, gaining nearly 1.2 pounds per day since his birth two months and nine days ago. Oath, on the other hand, is one […]