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Breeding Sheep for a Hardy Flock
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

By Alethea Kenney When people call me asking about sheep, invariably we end up discussing hardiness. Sheep are often said to have a death wish, to be more sensitive to …

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Dead Ram Walking: Treating Sick Sheep Symptoms
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

By Laurie Ball-Gisch – One day the ram was walking around and looking totally healthy — the next day he was just standing under a tree with his head hanging down. …

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Inborn Worm Resistance In Lambs: How To Breed For It
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

Originally published in the July/August 2016 issue of sheep! magazine. By Tim King – “Parasite resistance in Katahdin hair sheep can be improved by selective breeding. That improved resistance in Katahdins …

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Herding Dog Trainers, Part One (Good, Bad & Thugly)
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

Originally published in the July/August 2016 issue of sheep! magazine. By Denice Rackley – There are many different ideas and approaches to training a herding dog. Some folks “specialize” (one breed). …

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Sheep Breeds That Pay Their Way
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

By Alan Harman – Karen Valley’s flock of 21 sheep, consisting of two sheep breeds (Shetland and colored Cormo cross ewes), tend to stay close to home during the winter. …

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Lambing Problems Can Arise From Abnormal Birth Positions
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

By Lyn Brown, Shear Perfection Ranch – Lambing is always an exciting time on the ranch, but it can also be a scary time for the first-time shepherd. What are the …

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Raising Lamb for Meat and Selling it at the Farmers Market
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

By Matthew Ernst – Nikki and Scott Royer took on the duty of managing her family’s 125–acre farm in Clinton, Indiana, in 2000, after Nikki’s father’s untimely death. “My parents had …

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Avoid Lambing Problems with This First Aid Contents Checklist
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

By Nathan Griffith – Most of the time when you have lambing problems or experience a sheep illness emergency, the vet and local livestock supply stores are closed for the …

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Facts About Lambing With Hair Sheep Breeds
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

By Bill Hoag – Through the years I’ve learned that ewes of hair sheep breeds generally are excellent mothers and easy natural lambers. These facts and tips for how to raise sheep …

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Rigged Sheep Hand Shears: Two-Pack for Two Jobs
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

By Nathan Griffith – We got a two-pack of fully rigged Rosa-brand sheep hand shears in April, reportedly made in South Africa, sent to us by Allen Gemmell of New …

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When Limping is Not a Sign of Sheep Foot Rot
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

By Laurie Ball-Gisch – Don’t you just love how sheep keep teaching us what we never knew we needed to know? The past lambing season was one in which I …

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Sheep Giving Birth: Tips for Successful Lambing
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

By Laurie Ball-Gisch — Over the past 12 lambing seasons, the main thing the sheep giving birth has taught me is that every season will bring a new lesson. I’ll never …

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Cider Vinegar to Treat White Muscle Disease
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

By Laurie Ball-Gisch – The summer of 2002 was the first time I encountered White Muscle Disease in our flock of purebred Icelandic sheep. It affected two ewes I had …

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Wondering What to Feed Sheep? How about Field Corn!
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

By Kimberly Thimmig – If you’re wondering what to feed sheep to save a little money and reduce waste on your homesteading land, then let me tell you a story about …

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Raise Meat Sheep Breeds to Boost Profits
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

By Dr. Elizabeth Ferraro – There is a growing trend today away from the very large sheep ranches specializing in meat sheep breeds toward an increasing number of small independent …

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