Sheep

How to Shear a Sheep and Other Fiber Animals
May 31, 2021 · · Sheep

Learning how to shear a sheep takes practice and time. Before you head out to buy sheep shearing supplies try to observe a professional sheep shearer and ask questions.

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Sheep Breeds for Fiber, Meat, or Dairy
May 24, 2021 · · Sheep

There are numerous breeds in the world and raising sheep serves many purposes. Some sheep breeds lend themselves to provide the whole range of products, Rambouillet sheep, Dorset sheep, and some other sheep breeds are good providers of wool fiber, lambs, milk, and eventually, meat.

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Dead Ram Walking: Treating Sick Sheep Symptoms
May 17, 2021 · · Sheep

One day the ram was walking around and looking totally healthy — the next day he was just standing under a tree with his head hanging down. I approached him, hoping he’d lift his head and move away from me, but he didn’t.

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Hair Sheep Breeds – The Right Choice for You?
May 10, 2021 · · Sheep

Hair sheep breeds are growing in popularity as consumers look for economical ways to raise homestead meat animals. Hair breeds have many positive traits that make them an ideal animal for small farms, homesteads, and of course, larger commercial farms. If you have space to corral a few sheep, you can fill the freezer with a healthy alternative to beef and chicken.

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Soay Sheep: Hardy, Low-Maintenance, and Eco-Friendly
May 3, 2021 · · Sheep

Soay sheep are the hardiest miniature sheep breed from St. Kilda, Scotland. Their light weight and self-sufficiency make them ideal for land management and homesteading, plus you don’t have to shear them!

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Artisanal Sheep Cheese: Shepherds Manor Creamery Part 2 of 2
May 2, 2021 · · Sheep

The Histons considered producing “mixed milk” cheese (where goat or cow milk is added to the sheep milk), but have found that their niche in sheep is what makes them stand out. All of the artisanal sheep cheese produced at Shepherds Manor Creamery is made from 100% sheep milk.

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Accidental Shetland Sheep Farmers
May 2, 2021 · · Sheep

I became what I term as an accidental Shetland sheep farmer. Why do I say that? Well, sheep were not something we had considered for our small homestead.

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Using a Stanchion to Feed a Rejected Lamb

Add to Favorites By Carol Elkins When a ewe rejects her newborn lamb, there are several things that you can do to “persuade” her to change her mind before you …

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Heritage Sheep Breeds: Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em
April 12, 2021 · · Sheep

Heritage sheep are rare, but their wool is special. The Livestock Conservancy’s new Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em project is focusing fiber artists on using rare breed wool and yarns to draw attention to their unusual and fine qualities.

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Avoid Lambing Problems with This First Aid Contents Checklist
April 9, 2021 · · Sheep

Most of the time when you have lambing problems or experience a sheep illness emergency, the vet and local livestock supply stores are closed for the weekend, and sheep farm and ranch specialties dealers are days away by mail.

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Barbados Blackbelly Sheep: Back From the Brink of Extinction

In 2004, there were fewer than 100 Barbados Blackbelly sheep in the U.S.
It took a while for breeders to realize how critical the situation was: Most of us thought there were thousands of these sheep.

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What to Feed Sheep for Prime Wool Production
March 29, 2021 · · Sheep

A large part of raising wool animals is knowing what to feed sheep in order to obtain good quality wool. Feeding choices will vary from place to place.

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Are Rams Dangerous? Not With Proper Management.
March 26, 2021 · · Sheep

Many people who are interested in keeping sheep hesitate because they have heard that rams are dangerous and hard to keep. So, are rams dangerous?

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Shed or Pasture Lambing
March 22, 2021 · · Sheep

The muffled, deep Maaa of a ewe “talking” to her newborn lambs reaches my ears before I open the barn door. Newborn lambs nursing, tails whirling, makes walking to the barn on frigid mornings worthwhile.

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Adding New Dogs Into an Existing Livestock Guardian Dog Pack
March 20, 2021 · · Sheep

Many operators incorrectly start their LGD experience by purchasing, training, and using just one dog at a time. They usually find out sooner than later, they should have bought two dogs or more to start. To be used successfully as guardians of livestock, LGDs should be run in pairs or more.

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