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Shed or Pasture Lambing
March 17, 2020 · · Sheep

The muffled, deep Maaa of a ewe “talking” to her newborn lambs reaches my ears before I open the barn door. Newborn lambs nursing, tails whirling, makes walking to the barn on frigid mornings worthwhile.

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The Shocking Truth About Electric Fencing for Sheep

People have mixed feelings about the use of electric fencing for sheep and other livestock. For people unfamiliar with them, the word “electric fence” conjures up images of a well-done corpse hanging off a prison fence.

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Heritage Sheep Breeds: Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em
February 16, 2020 · · Sheep

Heritage sheep are rare, but their wool is special. The Livestock Conservancy’s new Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em project is focusing fiber artists on using rare breed wool and yarns to draw attention to their unusual and fine qualities.

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Conserving Romeldale CVM Sheep
January 20, 2020 · · Sheep

In 1915, A.T. Spencer purchased New Zealand Romney rams from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (the 1915 World’s Fair) in San Francisco. The prized rams could not be returned to New Zealand, and A.T. Spencer seized an opportunity.

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Wool-Yielding Animals for Yarn and Fiber
December 25, 2019 · · Homesteading

Yarn weights are considerations when deciding which fiber breed or species to raise for your yarn. Wool, fleece, and fiber can be harvested from a number of wool-yielding animals, including sheep, goats, rabbits, camels, llamas, alpaca, bison, and yak!

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Using Kaolin Clay in Soap
December 22, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites The use of kaolin clay in soap occurs for many different reasons. Among soap additives, it is one of the most common. Especially in shaving soaps, kaolin …

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7 Pasture Pig Breeds for the Small Farm
December 10, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites Raising pasture pig breeds is talked about frequently in farming discussions. Not too far back in agrarian history, pasture pig breeds were more common. Keeping a few …

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The Dorper Sheep: A Hardy Adaptable Breed
November 16, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites Would you like to raise Dorper sheep, one of the fastest growing breeds in the United States and many other countries? There is good reason for the popularity …

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Sheep Breeds for Fiber, Meat, or Dairy
November 13, 2019 · · Sheep

There are numerous breeds in the world and raising sheep serves many purposes. Some sheep breeds lend themselves to provide the whole range of products, Rambouillet sheep, Dorset sheep, and some other sheep breeds are good providers of wool fiber, lambs, milk, and eventually, meat.

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Cold Weather 101: Help Lambs Beat the Winter Chill
November 5, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites As the temperature drops and snow starts falling, it is time to start thinking differently about how we care for lambs. For sheep raisers in cold climates, …

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Best Dairy Sheep Breeds for a Farm
November 1, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites There are a few dairy sheep breeds you could add to your farm. The East Friesian sheep is considered the best breed of dairy sheep by researchers. …

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5 Critical Sheep Breeds for the Homestead
October 10, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites Raised for their hides, meat, milk, and wool, sheep are versatile. In addition to providing a local source of food and fiber, small flock owners are looking to …

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The Lincoln Longwool Sheep
October 1, 2019 · · Sheep

Canadian Kate Michalska is farming the endangered Lincoln Longwool sheep as a conservation project but says their meat is lovely and mild to eat.

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Valais Blacknose Coming to the U.S.
September 14, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Alan Harman Originating from Switzerland, Valais Blacknose are a world heritage breed with an estimated global population of just 13,000 or 14,000, verging on an endangered …

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Pink Eye in Sheep: Treat or Let it Run its Course?
August 29, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites During show season, pink eye in sheep can be a common livestock issue. Small ruminants easily transmit pink eye from one animal to the next. This highly …

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