|There is a new Ram in town|
|Thomas looks a bit like Peter from the movie Heidi with his little lamb on a haltar|
|Ok Peter in camo pants|
The solutions are to rotate your flock and move them around the yard so that at the end of a rotation your sheep end up back where they started and the grass has grown back to food height before the end of the rotation. On larger pastures you can intermingle cattle, horses, pigs, and sheep. Each does their part in fertilizing, cultivating, and keeping cut the grass. The key is rotation.
|Emily at the garden and electric fence|
What it comes to is that we simply have to move our sheep around the yard restricting their movement to smaller sections and their access to the shrubs and garden, on a 3 to 7 day basis. It is interesting that they will over look a tall sprig of grass in favor of the short sweet stuff, but it is true. So we actually have to cut the grass in some areas that they have not eaten before.
The next generation is on the way we hope! We would love to have more lambs and a larger flock to manage. So we started our search for a Ram and I do not me a Dodge Ram, I mean the real thing a male sheep, a Ram.
One of our neighbors has a moderate size flock of sheep around 800 ewes and he offered to let us borrow one of his 8 rams that he had culled from his flock. Now we are not looking to show or become a breeding power house we just wanted a few lambs. As part of this the boys and I went to his farm and I picked out a nice wide, long bodied, solid legged and full chested Ram with out HORNS! I do not like horns on my livestock or vehicles for the most part. Not too big and not too small as sheep are known to have issues giving birth. The gestation period for sheep is 5 months. So September is the month.
|Here he is with the girls. If you listen hard you can hear them saying "hey Sailor, how bout a drink at the trough"|
|Here are all the sheep in the electric fence with their water tub|