YAY! They work now! ALL of your ovines are lovely! I received my B.S. in Animal Science from VA Tech in 1995 and "sheep" was a dirty word in most of my classes. "Pasture maggots" was the accepted terminology, except in Sheep Production, of course. It's a shame that sheep are the red-headed step children of livestock. They sure are cute as babies! Thank you for sharing, Spinandslide!
So cute! Mine aren't due for another month but I'm expecting some colorful lambs. I haven't bred for a few years because it's such a pain to market them. No auctions around here (all have closed in the past 10 years). The nearest ones are cattle only. Selling on CL hasn't been much better. I'll haul these 120+ miles to be sold this fall if I don't keep any. Mine are dorper/St Croix crosses, with one that is a texel cross. I'm trying to get rid of my wools because shearing is to hard to find someone to do. I hope I have some around easter for some cute pics with the kiddies.
shearing sure is expensive..and Im told wool isnt bringing a whole bunch of money either..
All our big sheep auctions are about 4 hours south of us..but Ive had luck marketing privately to local people..the few animals Ive sold recently..we'll see if the trend continues..Cupcake's lamb and pinkie lamb I think would make nice market lambs in the hair class..so may try to market them towards some of the 4-h kids.
I'm in Tx too (near Austin). Fredericksberg is the closest auction for me. 4-H kids have pretty much switched to goats around here. The few who show lambs are wanting the big (dumb) suffolk, hamp types. I use mine mostly for training my herding dogs.
My last experience selling on CL wasn't good. They convinced me to let them process them on my place and I'll NEVER do that again.
Hamilton is closest to me..
sheep arent super popular up here with the kids..but they are still used alot..and the hair classes are growing..both breeding and market..we'll see. my son showed his ewe in january, she drew alot of interest from folks, she definantly has more personality, IMO, then the woolies that were there!
Ideally, Id like to do, if someone needed the lamb processed, drop the lamb at the processor and have the persn pick it up..Ive heard to many horror stories of allowing folks to process their animals on site!
wild rye is coming up, that is what the purebred girls are on. seeded my main sheep pasture in rye..I see green..I hope it keeps up.
Had the final lamb of the "spring" born tonight..looks like a black headed ram lamb..my LGD puppy is enthralled with him.
I'm in Texas too - near Brenham. I swear that I have seen one sheep in the entire 15 years I've been here, and that was on the side of the main road last week.
They look wonderful!! I was brought up in Scotland where sheep are probably the most common livestock and wander pretty much free in many places. It used to be great in the spring to drive along a road and then have to wait until the ewe got herself up off the road, with her lambs, and moved off.
Bluey - everyone (apart from us) around here now has deep, lush green grass. The tanks are full again. Shame most of the trees won't make it back though.