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Hair Sheep

  There are many breeds of sheep. Our sheep are  Katahdin (pronouned Ka ta din).  They are called hair sheep because they have hair instead of wool.  Wool sheep require shearing twice a year.  This takes considerable time and effort for each sheep.  There is not a high demand for wool at this time. So basically you are spending…

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Sheep Chores

What better way to celebrate Easter than to care for some sheep?  Of course, that is after worshiping Jesus, after lunch, after egg hunting.  Which explains why my nephew was wearing a tie while doing farm work. Our niece and nephew volunteered to help us vaccinate, tag, and trim hooves while our oldest niece agreed to babysit.  Thanks, kids!…

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Worthy is the Lamb

A few weeks ago, hubby and I were discussing whether or not to raise a batch of chickens for meat.  Our five year old yelled, “Don’t eat the chickens!”.  “Don’t eat any of our animals!”.  I reminded her that our current hens are for laying eggs, but yes, we will be eating some of our animals.  “Remember bacon, honey?”…

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Curious has twins!

We have a favorite ewe.  Her name is Curious because she is always the first to the gate and the first to check things out.  If you sit or stand in the sheep pen, she will approach you, sniff you, and nibble on your sleeve.  She may even let you pet her on the head.  We’ve been expecting her…

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Tagging Sheep

Scrapie (sounds like scrape e) is a fatal disease in sheep and goats.  The USDA is trying to eradicate this disease in the US.  One method is to tag all the sheep and goats so they can track where the infection came from if an animal gets it.  Tagging the sheep also helps us to keep track of when…

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Sick Momma Sheep Saga

Wednesday evening we went down to feed the animals like usual.  I walked over to the sheep pen and one of our momma sheep turned and her hind leg stuck straight out, almost like it was paralyzed.  This caused her to fall over.  I immediately hollered to hubby that we needed to call Marty, our sheep advisor.  By the…

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Video tour of the sheep barn

The other morning I took an impromptu video of our sheep in the barn.  Excuse hubby’s pink hat.  It belongs to our five year old.  I snagged his hat, so he was left with hers.  🙂  Please comment with your thoughts or suggestions.  

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Marty visited Black Cat Barnyard!

Remember Marty the sheep master?  He is such a nice guy!  He has called us a few times to check on the sheep.  We called him after our first lamb arrived and he recommended we worm the momma.  He offered to drive down 45 minutes one way to show us how to worm a sheep.  He even provided the medication…

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Lamb pen

Here is a quick update on our first lamb.  The same evening the lamb was born, hubby built a separate pen for the baby and mommy.  This is to keep baby safe from other animals, including the other ewes.  It is also to promote bonding between mommy and baby.  Mommy has plenty of fresh water and hay.  Baby has…

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