Sheep

Hair Sheep Breeds – The Right Choice for You?
April 8, 2022 · · 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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Sheep Breed Profile: Bluefaced Leicester
April 5, 2022 · · Sheep

In today’s world, the term “BFF” is a texting shortcut that stands for Best Friends Forever. In the world of sheep, however, “BFL” is the common nickname for the Bluefaced Leicester, and it might as well be interpreted as “Best Flock for Life,” because of the wonderful characteristics of this breed of sheep.

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Sheep Giving Birth: Tips for Successful Lambing
March 29, 2022 · · Sheep

Over the past 12 lambing seasons, the main thing the sheep giving birth has taught me is that every season will bring a new lesson. I’ll never forget meeting a seasoned shepherd with 50 years of lambing behind him who told me that he still learns something new every year.

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Cherishing the Natural Beauty of Icelandic Sheep

Add to Favorites By Marguerite Chisick – We discovered that Icelandic sheep were our ticket to a more sustainable way of life! It is not uncommon for people who are living …

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Heritage Sheep Breeds: Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em
February 15, 2022 · · 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
January 24, 2022 · · 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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Becoming a Shepherd
November 29, 2021 · · Sheep

Shepherding has been part of humanity for thousands of years. And I was drawn to this lifestyle. I do not come from a background of shepherding. My family roots are deep …

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Best Dairy Sheep Breeds for a Farm
November 23, 2021 · · Sheep

There are a few dairy sheep breeds you could add to your farm. The East Friesian sheep is considered the best breed of dairy sheep by researchers.

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Conserving Romeldale CVM Sheep
October 19, 2021 · · Sheep

In 1915, A.T. Spencer purchased New Zealand Romney rams from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (the 1915 World’s Fair) in San Francisco. The prized rams could not be returned to New Zealand, and A.T. Spencer seized an opportunity.

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The Lincoln Longwool Sheep
October 5, 2021 · · Sheep

Canadian Kate Michalska is farming the endangered Lincoln Longwool sheep as a conservation project but says their meat is lovely and mild to eat.

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Prevent Sheep Bloat by Managing Your Flock
September 27, 2021 · · Sheep

“What does a bloated sheep look like?” was the question on the phone late Sunday evening. The question brought back some nightmarish images to my mind from the first time I saw sheep bloat:

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5 Critical Sheep Breeds for the Homestead
September 13, 2021 · · Sheep

Raised for their hides, meat, milk, and wool, sheep are versatile. In addition to providing a local source of food and fiber, small flock owners are looking to support livestock conservation by venturing into raising rare sheep breeds.

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Nominate a Homesteader for the I Am Countryside Feature

Add to Favorites Know a homesteader who inspires others? Want to see them featured in Countryside & Small Stock Journal? Nominate them (or yourself!) and we’ll tell their story in the …

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Anatolian Shepherd Dog: Guardian of the Livestock
August 17, 2021 · · Sheep

Need a good guardian for livestock? You might consider the Anatolian Shepherd dog. The breed originated in the Anatolia area of the nation of Turkey, hence the name, and is still used in Turkey’s and western Asia’s rural areas as a defender of livestock.

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The Dorper Sheep: A Hardy Adaptable Breed
August 9, 2021 · · Sheep

Would you like to raise Dorper sheep, one of the fastest growing breeds in the United States and many other countries? There is good reason for the popularity of the Dorper sheep breed.

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