Sheep

Healthy Sheep Feet

Ram Having His Feet Trimmed

Elliot, my Border Cheviot ram has pretty good feet. His feet haven’t been looked at in over a year and really don’t need too much trimming. I live in a very wet climate and often have wet pastures. Over the years I’ve noticed over that sheep with black hooves tend to do better on wet…

Black Badger Face Border Cheviot Lamb

Badger Face Border Cheviot ewe lamb

Spring has finally arrived here in western Pennsylvania! Daffodils are beginning to bloom and lambing season is finished. For the most part this year’s lambing season went smoothly. But there was one big surprise. An unusual Badger Face ewe lamb was born about 10 days ago. The ewe lamb is a twin out of two…

Back In The Sheep Business

Elliott

I changed my mind and decided to “un-retire” from sheep. In April I had an opportunity to buy back some of my old ewes . So I did. I also bought a few yearling ewes from another breeder while I was at it. So for now, I’m back in the sheep business again. Nothing too…

Hypothermic Lambs & Kid Goats

Clara Belle Hypothermic

Gosh it’s cold outside! Hypothermic lambs and kid goats can become a real problem in this kind of weather. Throughout much of North America, the record cold is interfering with the health and well-being of many early season neonatal lambs and goat kids. Lambs and goat kids can take quite a bit of cold as…

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…

Bottle Jaw & The 4 Steps To Worming Sheep, Cattle & Goats

Bottle Jaw

Bottle jaw is the vernacular term given to pendulous lower jaw swelling in sheep, cattle and goats. The swelling is a soft tissue edema cause by anemia that is characteristic in animals that are carrying a heavy load of blood sucking internal parasites – better known as worms. Most often in sheep the worms are…