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Spring Shearing 2010: Shearing the Pregnant Ewes

With lambing around the corner, its time for spring shearing and we had our shearer out last weekend.  Spring is the most common time to shear, for several reasons. The sheep are less likely to suffer from overheating in summer, and for pregnant ewes its convenient to shear them...

Lambing Preparations: Part 3

As lambing time draws ever closer, we feel good about the steps we have taken to get ready. Our shearing date is booked and the supplies are ordered.  The last step is to construct lambing jugs. A “jug” is a small pen that you put the newborn lambs and...

Lambing Preparations: Part 2

In anticipation of our first yeaning (birthing season) I purchased some lambing supplies which arrived a few days ago.  With an “unimproved” or heritage breed such as the Navajo-Churro, lambing should be easy with no assistance required from the shepherds.  A good ewe will give birth on her own...

Lambing Preparations: Part 1

Lambing has been on my mind a lot lately as we prepare for the next phase of our shepherding adventure. Keeping adolescent and adult sheep has, thus far, been easy and fun. Even locating, selecting, and bringing in a breeding ram has been a relatively straightforward experience. We anticipate...

Getting Our First Sire Feels Like Wham, Bam, Thank You, Ram

Blaze, our first ram, is a two year old Navajo-Churro ram that we purchased from Orion Rising Farm in South Royalton, VT. When we were first looking for eligible bachelors for our ewes, he caught our eye with his beautiful and well-balanced rack. After the sheep were shorn in...

Freshman Farm: A Year of Being Shepherds

Since our last post, we’ve gotten our little freshman farm business off the ground. In the spring we fenced a second pasture to give the sheep more room to graze. We sent our first batch of wool to Green Mountain Spinnery in August, and sold yarn at the Tunbridge...

Winter Wonders As The Snow Settles In

In October, I closed the last journal entry by wondering how we—and the animals—would do once winter set in. Our summer and autumn experiences were great, but once there was snow on the ground, how were we all going to adapt our routines? I’m pleased to report that the...

Crockpot Lamb Stew Sticks to Your Ribs

This lamb stew recipe is designed to work in a crockpot, but can easily be modified by browning the lamb meat and onions if one wanted to use a stew pot. Ingredients 2 lbs lamb* shoulder, cut into 1″ cubes 4-5 large potatoes, blemishes removed but not all the...

Sheep Switcheroo is Simple, See

As you might recall, when we first got our sheep we didn’t begin with our true starter flock. We had selected two ewes and four ewe lambs, but two of the lambs were not weaned yet, so we found ourselves in a temporary situation: Aretha and her two lambs...

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