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At midnight last night, as Bob was doing c-section surgery on the fourth ewe this month with Warren's assist, we all decided the lambing season for 2014 was a bit of a bust. We had a rash of ewes...
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We captured some nice video last night, mainly by chance. David Ekstrom, a video producer for Living the Country Life and Successful Farming, came down to our farm to take video of our lambs. Two of...
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You may be able to spin a profit from wool production
When the sheep are sheared every spring, all that wool has to go somewhere. You might as well try to sell it. There are plenty of wool crafters and fiber manufacturers looking for fleece. Gary...
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Lambing is underway at our place this week. So far so good, although Bob did have to perform a c-section on one young ewe. She accepted the babies after the surgery, which is always the tricky part....
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Shortening the tails reduces sickness and death caused by flies
Most sheep are born with long tails, and many owners shorten them. Wool breeds are more likely to have their tails docked than the hair breeds. Burton Pfliger is the Vice President of the...
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I don't care how cold it is today, that wool is coming off. I'm not sure our ewes were too happy, but how would you know? We always shear a few weeks before lambing, so the ewes come in the...
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A small flock of dairy sheep will provide milk for specialty cheeses and other products
A few of my favorite cheeses, such as Pecorino and Ricotta, are made from sheep milk. Sheep milk is rich in fat, solids, and minerals. This makes it ideal for making cheese, yogurt, soap, and lotion...
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We sent the last 20 market lambs to auction on Saturday. They averaged 130 pounds and brought $1.58 a pound. That's double what lambs brought last year (which was a disaster). Our sheep were...
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This California couple chucked city life for 50 acres and lots of projects
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Lamb nutrition, industry research helps Wisconsin sheep producer meet goals.
“I never planned on being a cheesemaker.” That’s the response Brenda Jensen, gives when asked how she and husband, Dean, began Hidden Springs Creamery, now a thriving 550-ewe sheep...

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