Ram Marking Harness

Ram Being Fitted With A Marking Harness

One of the most practical sheep management tools during breeding season is the use of a ram marking harness. A ram marking harness is a small harness typically made of nylon or leather that holds a square colored crayon. The way that a marking harness works, is that a colored crayon is attached to the…

Ram Selection & Performance Records

Sturdy Border Cheviot Ram Lamb

This little fellow is about 4 weeks old. He’s a pretty good example of what to look for in a very young ram lamb that may be held back as a breeding ram. For his age and breed he is large, possesses good sturdy bones, a strong flat top line, a well-formed head, good feet…

A New Shepherd

Adam Dean & First Lamb

First a dairy farmer and now a shepherd too. Adam Dean from Gibsondale Cheese is one of the best farmers I know. He bought part of my sheep flock last summer and will most likely buy my remaining sheep after lambing season is finished. Adam is the future of small family farms. He direct sells…

What Are They Waiting For?

What Are You  Waiting For

These ewes are 10 days past the due date for this year’s lambs. I can’t remember when I’ve ever had ewes take so long to lamb. My best guess is that they were bred late due to a temporary sterility in the service ram. Last summer was extremely hot and it is not uncommon for…

A Supply List for Lambing & Kidding

Lambing Supplies

I’m expecting my first 2013 lambs anytime now. In fact there is probably a newborn lamb or two waiting for me in the barn this morning. The weather is about  to turn nasty and sheep always seem to wait for a change of weather or for the worst weather to lamb in. This lambing season…

Foot Scald & Foot Rot In Sheep

Sore feet

The ewe in the above picture has sore feet. Her kneeling stance is typical of either foot scald or foot rot. The ewe to the right of her, who is lying down, also has sore feet. All foot problems in sheep should be investigated and treated as soon as possible. There are lots of different…

Bring In The Dog

Bring In The Dog

Every once in a while I get a ewe that for whatever reason doesn’t want to properly mother her lamb or lambs. This morning a “first timer” named Jazzy easily and quickly delivered a set of twins. Jazzy did a good job cleaning up her babies, but she didn’t want to stand still so that…

Running With Mom

running with mom

Remember the runt? Well, he’s fine and keeping up with his mom. I kept him, his mom and sister in a lambing jug for almost a week instead of the usual 2 days. He’ll never be a champion in the show ring, but he’s growing well and is going to be just fine.