The OSU Sheep Team! The Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium will be on December 10th.
These sheep are going to be featured in the New York Times! Look in the Home and Garden Section this week, or next.
New International Version (NIV)
70 He chose David his servant
and took him from the sheep pens;
71 from tending the sheep he brought him
to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
of Israel his inheritance.
72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;
with skillful hands he led them.
From the Rural Living Handbook, Published by Mother Earth News.
It hardly pays to buy young lambs and feed them to adulthood for strong-flavored mutton. The trick, instead, is to raise your first lambs into adult breeders, then slaughter their offspring as fat, tender lambs. With an acre or two of pasture, a shade tree, a third of a ton of hay for winter and a handful of grain a day, a ewe lamb will mature in a year and, if bred, produce a lamb or two of her own, plus five to eight pounds of wool. After maturing on its mother’s milk and a little grain and graze, each of your new lambs will provide you with a wonderful fleece hide and around 50 pounds of delicious meat.
Another picture from a timely season: This at a wool crafts festival in Wooster fairgrounds, Ohio! Sheep People Sheep People
Romney in Ohio:
- Per Ardua Farm- Dan and Christy MacIntyre firstname.lastname@example.org
- Roving and fleeces- Ewenique Fibers email@example.com
- Weaving and spinning in Oberlin- Holly Whiteside firstname.lastname@example.org
- Justice community sheep- Shelley Shepherd, Che at the Library
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This sheep has no instincts.. food, friends, water, warmth. She will walk right past a clover and water patch and keep going.. where? She is just walking. Alone, out in the cold rain. No place for a princess.. Get her back! Help me in my prayers..
Update: FOUND HER WOO! SHE’S BACK WITH THE OTHER SHEEP!! NO FOOD FOR YOU, COYOTES! #goodshepherd
You can see the hole where they escaped this afternoon, when I wasn’t watching! tsk tsk why would they want to get out??
I bet the number one error that most people make when they are getting into keeping animals is in the fencing. At least know the vocabulary! So, here’s the overview so you don’t make the error!
Source: Raising Sheep the Modern Way, Living with Sheep
Board, slab, or plank fences are good rigid fences for corrals, and attractive fences around a farmhouse. For corrals, the boards should be on the inside of the fence, so sheep will not loosen them. Posts would need to be closer together than for pasture fences, and the planks will spiked or bolted to them.
T-bar posts and Woven Wire
Woven wire is the most practical fence for sheep, at least for the bottom half of the fence. Wire “stock fence” comes in different weights and styles. The last two numbers denote the height, the first one or two the number of horizontal line wires. Examples include 1155, 1047, 939, 726, etc. 6” gaps will stop most dogs. Sold in 330 ft. rolls, which you can also cut in segments. The top and bottom wires are heavier than the middle ones. T-bar posts are also cheap, but keeping in mind that they add up over distances based on how frequently you space them and how much the perimeter is.
Depth of Setting
Line posts are usually set 2 1/2 feet in the ground. End, corner, and brace posts are set 3 1/2 feet deep, and gateposts are set 4 feet deep. I’ve found 1 and a half to be decent with metal t-bar posts, and that I need these above numbers for wood.
Portable Electric Fencing
Most are made of poly-wire, which is polyethelene and wire filaments woven together into strands or ribbons, called electroplastic. These are light, flexible, and carry a charge well. White and orange are the most used colors. There is even an extra-wide ribbon type of polywire that can be seen from quite a distance. The “netting” portable fence and the “reel” type are easily available in all parts of the country. Electronet comes in a few sizes and is a good brand.
It’s intended mainly as temporary fence, used to bolster existing permanent fence, cross-pastures when rotating, or setting up small paddocks in rotation.
High-Tensile Electric Fence
Full supplies are needed: insulators, in-line tensioners and tension springs, twist-links, steel post insulators. Wire is cheap by the half-mile, and four or five are most effective for control and protection of sheep. So you alternate cold-hot-cold-hot.
Woot! The upgrade to a real farm has me doing some sheep this year. We will see how the season goes, transitioning into grad school and, wool sheep.