Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Musical Pastures


In our never ending quest for better flock health, we've been busy playing musical pastures.  The ewes have finally made it to the hayfield by the old barn.  This involves putting up more than 1/2 mile of temporary net fencing, which will be moved several times in the coming weeks.  They are brought back in to the permanent pine grove pasture in the evening to protect them from predators.  This has worked out very well.  The ewes are on new pasture in preparation for breeding season, and the hayfield is being weeded and fertilized.


In an effort to avoid another scandal like the one last year involving the young Maebh, we decided to separate the ram lambs from the ewe lambs following FAMACHA scoring on Saturday.  The ram lambs are now in the granddaddy green pasture, and the ewe lambs were moved back to the graveyard pasture.  We were really excited to score 19 'ones' and 0 'fours' this time.  We did have to treat about a dozen 'threes', but that is less than 25%.  The cooler weather is probably helping.  All the lambs are out of the barn and out on pasture.  Time to start planning for fall shearing.

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures. What is the "scoring" about ?

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  2. They all look so clean and healthy.

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  3. I love how you teach us about sheep herding, as much as I do the photos.

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