The Challenge of Keeping Two Breeds of Sheep

About 18 months ago, we made the decision to transition over from raising Romney sheep to raising Gotland sheep. A little over a year ago, our small starter flock of Gotland sheep arrived to our farm. Looking back, it was, and still is, an extremely difficult process, and I am learning the challenges of keeping two breeds of sheep. Selling … Read More

Awaiting the Hour of Midnight on Christmas Eve

With the moon full and round in the sky on Christmas Eve, our sheep laid out under the night sky-awaiting the hour of midnight. For on this night, Christmas magic takes place and the sheep and llama come to life, talking in whispers in the field and barn. An old Scandinavian Christmas legend says that on midnight of Christmas Eve, … Read More

Three Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Shepherd in Your Life

Do you need some last minute gift ideas for the shepherd or farmer in your life? Here are a few things I would not want to live without! Practical work clothes-I wore through numerous pairs of jeans before finding a pair of work pants that fit me well. Most work pants are not made for women, but Arborwear has perfected … 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

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