Pre-Breeding Routines

  There is a nip in the night air and the color on the distant mountains is turning from green to shades of red, orange, and gold. The change of season perpetuates the rhythms of farm life. One leads into the next. Time is marked by these rhythms and routines. Fall becomes “breeding season”, winter becomes “our slow time”, spring … Read More

Tips for Starting Your First Flock of Sheep

With summer on our heels, I have had many inquiries from people wanting to add sheep to their farms or homesteads. I thought I would bring this blog post, written a couple of years ago, to the forefront on tips for starting your first flock of sheep. Here are some of the typical questions people new to sheep ask me. … Read More

Four Things to Consider When Purchasing Breeding Rams

Ask the Shepherd: What factors do I need to think about when purchasing a breeding ram? I am often asked this question by folks wishing to start their own flock of sheep. The ram you select provides more than 50% of the genes in your flock. His genetics will carry over into the offspring of your ewes for years to … Read More

Dreaming of Your First Flock of Sheep?

Are you dreaming of owning your first flock of sheep one day? If so, read this first. When the calendar marks the first day of Spring, our thoughts turn towards the hope of summer, gardens, and a longing for new life. This time of year, I receive many inquiries about lambs from people who want to start their own little … Read More

Three Things You Need to Know About Living with Rams

Living With Rams To maintain a peaceful existence with your rams, there are just a few things you need to understand about them. Peeking At the Rams Through a Hole in the Fence 1. Rams need friends. Often people forget that sheep need other sheep. They will put their ram in a field by themselves when not in with their … Read More