Stress-Free Autumn for the Sheep
October 28, 2010
This time of year is so easy on the sheep in my small flock. I supplement their diet of worn out grasses with the alfalfa hay. They spend their days rotating themselves up and down the hills, and thru the woods eating grasses and the leaves still on the trees. They are playful with these nice temperatures, downright playful! Evenings they head for the barn for water and their minerals.
I have decided to take advantage of an offer from a friend, and use her registered blue faced Leicester ram with my ewes this year. I will pick him up in about 2 weeks, and put him in with the girls for the month of Nov. At that time, we start giving the breeding sheep some grain for nutrients, plus the hay for nutrients and fiber—helps with early fetal development. During the winter, my sheep will get plenty of exercise. I will use them for training my 2 border collies. The exercise is good, it helps position the lambs for proper birthing ,and keeps the ewes from getting too fat which can lead to medical issues for them.
In the meantime, I am making lists of supplies for lambing and vaccination time, as well as schedules for chores throughout the winter. It is also time to send off the lamb fleeces that have not sold for processing. Then, I will post the roving on my friend’s website, or start spinning it up for friends for the holidays.
Like I said, life is easy on the hobby farm this time of year!