Full Of Sheep Farm

Full Of Sheep Farm The Farm raises quality dairy sheep & will have ewe & ram lambs, adult ewes & rams for sale, along with sheep milk, yogurt, ice cream, and cheese.
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The Farm strives to breed quality dairy sheep to provide other homesteads or beginning dairies. We have ewe and ram lambs available in the Spring. Occasionally we will sell mature ewes and rams. Accurate milk production records are kept on each ewe, with each milking being weighed out before going into bulk collection. This way you know exactly how much milk the mother to your new lamb(s) produced and what they can be capable of. Even the ram lambs will go home with milking records of their dams. The ram is half of your flock! We also have a Jersey cow. Which means we have Jersey milk available, along with the occasional heifer or bull calf.

Mission: To raise quality dairy stock to supply to other homesteads and farms to base or improve their flocks.

I wish my grandmother would have taught me what I wanted to know. I have no idea why she wouldn't... https://triblive.co...
03/29/2020
97-year-old Latrobe woman livestreams baking lessons on Facebook

I wish my grandmother would have taught me what I wanted to know. I have no idea why she wouldn't...

https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/97-year-old-latrobe-woman-live-streams-baking-lessons-on-facebook/

Back in the day, mothers and grandmothers passed down their culinary knowledge to daughters and granddaughters side-by-side in the kitchen, waiting to mix in an egg or lick extra icing from the spoon. On Sunday, 97-year-old Lucy Pollock, of Latrobe, will do the same. The only difference is that her

03/28/2020
Please, don't forget about us.
03/19/2020

Please, don't forget about us.

Soap for sale!Sheep milk, homestead, or olive oil recipes. There are scents and colors of all kinds, coffee grounds for ...
03/18/2020

Soap for sale!
Sheep milk, homestead, or olive oil recipes. There are scents and colors of all kinds, coffee grounds for added exfoliation and cleansing, and plain soap for those who rather not have a scented colored soap!

Let me know which soaps you'd like and your e-mail address. I can send a Square invoice to you the amount plus shipping. Or you can pick up your order here.
All soaps are $5 per bar.

Alright everyone. With my Barter Faires, Open House with Homestead in the Suburbs, and Flea Markets shutting down, I'm g...
03/16/2020

Alright everyone.
With my Barter Faires, Open House with Homestead in the Suburbs, and Flea Markets shutting down, I'm going to do more on-line sales.
I have Square and can send you an invoice through e-mail. You'll use your card to pay it and I'll mail out your order! Easy cheesie.

Twin ram lambs for America today!! 8 and 9 pounds.I'm planning on doing a milk share with the lambs this year until they...
02/13/2020

Twin ram lambs for America today!!
8 and 9 pounds.
I'm planning on doing a milk share with the lambs this year until they reach 30 pounds.
Yeay fresh milk! I was down to my last 2 gallons frozen in the freezer. That'll get me past America's colostrum stage.

*happy dance*

02/11/2020

No lambs yet..... *still*...

If this passes, it means I can sell my sheep's milk! I may not be able to post ads, but by having it there, and word of ...
02/07/2020
watch – TVW, Washington States' Public Affairs Network

If this passes, it means I can sell my sheep's milk! I may not be able to post ads, but by having it there, and word of mouth, sales will grow!
Please, if you are currently sourcing raw milk from small farms, want to source it, or just have the option to, please write in about this. I think it would help to have consumer's, not just producers, input on this.
Currently, it is illegal for me to sell my sheep milk. But this could change that!

https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2020021064

And so the garden insanity begins!February starts with two flats of 72 plants each of onions, lettuce, leeks, celery, an...
02/01/2020

And so the garden insanity begins!

February starts with two flats of 72 plants each of onions, lettuce, leeks, celery, and beets. (So far. I might go and get more going...)

March will (hopefully) see the garden tilled, seeds planted of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, parsley, more leeks, radishes, and turnips..

Some of these are destined for sale to others. So if you see something you'd like starts of, let me know.

Yesterday, I mucked out the sheep barn and rebedded it, fixed the feeder, and finished sorting the last of the slip cast...
01/28/2020

Yesterday, I mucked out the sheep barn and rebedded it, fixed the feeder, and finished sorting the last of the slip cast pottery molds.

Today's projects are getting my seed starter dirt ready, and sorting 3 buckets of rocks we bought at a rock sale this past weekend. And kitty grooming. 🤗🐈🛁🧼

Shearing Day!Man, this is a load off my mind. Lucas Stoehr came over today to get the flock shorn before lambing started...
01/27/2020

Shearing Day!
Man, this is a load off my mind.
Lucas Stoehr came over today to get the flock shorn before lambing started. This will help me keep an eye on udder development and rear ends. It'll also help me to clean them up after lambing.
I now have a new stock of fleeces needing weighing, staple measurement, and quality sorting. Most will be put up for sale. Most all of them are spinning quality. I have a few bags of skirtings for composting or weed barrier.
The three Jacob ewes and the flock were introduced after shearing today as well. Elm, our new Jacob ram was put in with his new wether buddy, Dingle as well. I think they will be good friends! I caught them playing and bouncing around their paddock later on!

The garden *is* going to happen this year! I swear it!No.. no, really, it is. I have a spot picked out and am gathering ...
01/20/2020

The garden *is* going to happen this year!
I swear it!

No.. no, really, it is. I have a spot picked out and am gathering up supplies, digging out old supplies, and picking seeds out to plant.

I'm starting certain seeds indoors next month. The basement will be our grow room for a bit. We have a walled in room that I can keep at 70° to germenate the seeds. Or, use heat mats for the trays.
Picking up some used shelving units to hold the seed trays tomorrow and planning on renting a tiller for the tractor.

01/14/2020
Well! A new year, same tasks! 😁January Things:~Ewes have been bred and we potentially have 3 due at the very end of the ...
01/10/2020

Well! A new year, same tasks! 😁

January Things:
~Ewes have been bred and we potentially have 3 due at the very end of the month. The rest are due February, possibly out till May.. 🙄
~The sheep barn is being cleaned and re-bedded this Saturday.
~Set up lambing jugs.
~Clean milking parlour.
~A sampling of blood from a few sheep have been sent to the University to test the flock. The results should be back in a week or so.
~Our shearer is scheduled for the 25th to shear most of the flock.

Pretty much just cleaning and waiting for lambing season to start.
This year we borrowed a registered Gotland ram from River Birch Farm, around the corner from us. They run a tested flock of high percentage Gotland sheep, Romney, and Kinder goats. Sebastian's mother was said to be a milky ewe.
The ram I had planned to use this year decided he was more interested in eating than breeding in heat ewes. 😳🙄😣 He's being held over one more Winter just because his grandmother had quads regularly, had a beautiful milking udder, and beautiful wool. And his mother has a large milky udder, as well as being a ewe who throws triplets.... ONE... more.. Winter. He doesn't breed next year.. he's going to Freezer Camp.

To my knitter and crochet friends:When buying handspun yarns for your next creation, do you prefer to see it in skeins o...
12/15/2019

To my knitter and crochet friends:

When buying handspun yarns for your next creation, do you prefer to see it in skeins or balls?

I was able to attend the 2019 Washington State Sheep Producers Convention this past weekend. If you missed it, you misse...
11/14/2019

I was able to attend the 2019 Washington State Sheep Producers Convention this past weekend.
If you missed it, you missed a good bunch of friendly people, information, and networking.

One discussion was needing an Owner/Hauler Certificate of a group of sheep going from your farm to the auction market or directly to the slaughter facility. This certificate is dealing with the Scrapie I.D. to your specific farm.
I asked, "Do you need one if you've personally slaughtered them and are taking the cleaned carcasses to your butcher?"

The official answer is No.

I've kinda been thinking about just having ewes raise thier lambs this next round. This article's reported milk weights ...
10/25/2019

I've kinda been thinking about just having ewes raise thier lambs this next round. This article's reported milk weights on the 12 hours on, 12 hours off cycle doesn't sound too shabby.
I haven't decided if I was going to separate the lambs, or just milk anyway with them still on 24 hours...

https://www.facebook.com/380394769046522/posts/800792457006749/

Remember the "MIX" system trialed at the Spooner Station in Wisconsin so many years ago? Many of us tried the system back then, and gave it up. Idaho’s Kendall Russell, however, successfully adapted the system, and raises lambs on their dams for the first 30 days, but also milks their mothers at the same time. Lambs are with their dams during the day, and separated at night, and then weaned at 30 days of age. The result: almost no lambs raised on milk replacer and

I won't be able to go, I'll be a vendor at the Olequa Senior Center Holidar Bazaar.
10/18/2019

I won't be able to go, I'll be a vendor at the Olequa Senior Center Holidar Bazaar.

Fantastic...
09/18/2019

Fantastic...

Who's going?
09/17/2019

Who's going?

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09/13/2019

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08/08/2019
Wow....  It seems like I was only just waiting for the ewes to lamb out and start milking again.Today, I pulled the floc...
08/07/2019

Wow....
It seems like I was only just waiting for the ewes to lamb out and start milking again.

Today, I pulled the flock off the pasture to put the CIDRs in.
The inserts will stay in for 12 days to synchronize the adult ewes for breeding again!
I culled heavily this year. Hoppy had to just be put down in the Spring due to her hip injury, as a lamb, getting to the point she couldn't get up after laying down. I culled others that had sloppy udders, were bad mothers, poor milkers, only had singles, or didn't want to come in willingly for milking. These last ones usually were just jerks all the way around and I was tired of crappy attitudes.
My ram, Eric, was also culled because I believe he was going after and killing my other rams. Plus, he was only a single. After having him since 2014, his get totalled 37 lambs (19 ram lambs & 18 ewe lambs) from him in 5 years. I never was able to get another lamb that looked like him. Which is what I was hoping for..

So. After that, I kept back a ram lamb that I really liked, who is by a pure bred B.F.L ram, and Snapple. She's my half B.F.L./quarter Gotland, quarter Shetland ewe. And am also down to 8 adult ewes.
I have another 4 ewe lambs from 2018 that have finally made breeding weight. They say not to use CIDRs in ewe lambs. I tried them last year, and didn't have the best results. These 4 will probably breed later than I'll like, but....
There are another 3 2019 ewe lambs, only one that I want to keep, but of course, she is 25 pounds under breeding weight... and I'll have to float her over Winter to see how she turns out. The 2019 lambs won't be in with the older ewe lambs or adults during breeding.

07/22/2019
South Valley Rabbitry

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2855145581181360&id=1460951677267431

Grading your rabbits is very important stage for a rabbit breeder. Understand the criteria of Show, Brood and Pet quality will allow you to know the standard of your rabbits.

Credits to: Briony Smith

SHOW QUALITY
What it is: A rabbit that is a good representation of its breed/variety and can reasonably be expected to show well when in prime condition, i.e. middle of the class or better
What it is not: Anything without a DQ

You do not know if a rabbit is show quality at birth or two weeks. You may be able to see a bit of potential, especially in a marked breed, but at this point it’s much more about getting through developmental hurdles such as staying in the nestbox and successfully transitioning to solid food. You might be able to see some clues at 6-8 weeks, but knowing a rabbit’s true show potential is tough before they get out of the gangly stage. Leave the babies in the nestbox and don’t even think about selling them until they are at least 8 weeks old.

BROOD QUALITY
What it is: A rabbit with some good traits to contribute toward improving a herd, breed or variety but that doesn’t have great show potential for some reason
What it isn’t: Anything with a reproductive system that can reasonably be expected to function

Brood quality animals contribute something and have a good reason for not being show quality. They may be “big uglies,” a rabbit of a dwarf breed that does not carry the dwarfing gene and will be overweight or have long ears but has good type, fur, and color to contribute. (A BUD Netherland Dwarf) They may be marked rabbits that have a marking DQ or fault noticeable enough to place them down on a show table. (A Dutch with a split stop) They may be an unrecognized variety that someone is working on or that contributes to producing a recognized variety. (A Harlequin Mini Rex) They may be a rabbit with a DQ that isn’t hereditary and is the result of an injury (A Californian whose mother nipped a toe off at birth) Or they may even be rabbits that were successful on the show table but are past their prime. They are good rabbits. They are NOT rabbits that have no DQs but consistently place at the bottom of the class even at their best. Those are...

PET/CULL
What it is: A rabbit that is not a good representative of its breed, has serious hereditary faults, or should not be bred for any other reasons.
What it isn’t: Anything can be a cull. A pet shouldn’t have a bad attitude or be suffering in any way.

Too often, when trying to educate people about the difference in the three, they start in with “but I’m not a big name breeder...” Unsurprisingly, I have something to say about that, too.

1) I have never heard someone say this and then become a “big name” breeder. No one is born knowing how to breed great show rabbits. Everyone was new and had to work at it. Before they were “big name,” breeders, they put in a lot of work carefully studying their breed, learning and purchasing from trusted sources, and constantly evaluating, culling, and setting goals to improve. It isn’t rocket science but it does involve an amount of dedication that not everyone wants to devote. And that’s fine, for some people this hobby is an outlet for ambition and drive, for others it is a reprieve from it and all are welcome. But don’t resent success or expect it without putting in a significant amount of work and a little money. Plan carefully so that you’re not dependent upon selling your first litters to keep feeding your starter stock.

2) That said, if you are helping someone start out, you ARE a “big name.” If they know nothing about rabbits and are just beginning, they see you as an expert, a pro, and the face of the hobby, so act like it! Learn good information so you can teach it to them. Carefully evaluate and cull your stock so you can provide them with actual show or brood quality stock to begin with. People get discouraged quickly when they feel that they have been misled. If you are just in the beginning stages of learning and breeding, you should probably approach brand-new breeders as a potential learning buddy rather than a potential mentor. Maybe you’ll be really lucky and find someone who wants to be a trading partner or go in half on a top-quality herd buck. Friendships are the best part of this hobby, but, like anywhere else, they begin with openness and honesty.

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