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by Janet McNally
Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:37 am
Forum: Stock For Sale or Wanted
Topic: New website and rams for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 434

New website and rams for sale

Just want to announce that we finally have a new website up with up to date info! It is still under construction but you will find all the pertinent information about our sheep, including data and sales list on rams for sale in the blog section. Get a cup of coffee because it does take a while to in...
by Janet McNally
Sat Aug 29, 2015 12:20 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Abandoned lamb predicament
Replies: 5
Views: 937

Re: Abandoned lamb predicament

I'll preface this with the comment that my ewes have a calm temperament. Usually a bum lamb like that will hang out with a ewe that just lambed who might afford it some protection, i.e. the pair will stick together. I can use my BC to hold them together while I catch the lamb with a crook. I can usu...
by Janet McNally
Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Creeping-rooted alfalfa
Replies: 11
Views: 1581

Re: Creeping-rooted alfalfa

Nice to hear about your experience with the bft. I've had some success with it on one of my wetter patches and really like it. I know they used to grow quite a bit of it around here in the distant past but there isnt a lot of info out there on managing it. Jon One key to managing BFT is that you ne...
by Janet McNally
Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:44 am
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Creeping-rooted alfalfa
Replies: 11
Views: 1581

Re: Creeping-rooted alfalfa

I've seen some nice stands of birdsfoot trefoil that were 20 years old in Minnesota.

Janet
by Janet McNally
Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:49 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Lambs and electric fence
Replies: 4
Views: 756

Re: Lambs and electric fence

on a three wire fence, chances are good if they get onto the wrong side they will stumble back through safely. They are less likely to get through a 4 wire fence. Some people have good luck with portable strand fencing, but I did not, but half the equation was our high predator population which woul...
by Janet McNally
Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:25 pm
Forum: Events, conferences, etc.
Topic: Looking for a great grazing conference?
Replies: 0
Views: 389

Looking for a great grazing conference?

I recommend this one: http://www.grassfedexchange.com This is the most professionally oriented grazing conference I've attended. By that I mean this group is not just about grazing but is very business oriented as well. The conference was started by a group of cattle buyers who were needing to suppl...
by Janet McNally
Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:16 pm
Forum: Stock For Sale or Wanted
Topic: Tamarack rams transport to Grassfed Exchange
Replies: 0
Views: 550

Tamarack rams transport to Grassfed Exchange

I will be attending the Grassfed Exchange http://www.grassfedexchange.com/ Sept 16 through the 18th in Mt Pleasant Michigan. I have a good selection of yearling rams on hand Ile de France x Dorset (sorry sold out on the Tamarack Prolifics (Booroola)). If anyone is interested in rams delivered to Mic...
by Janet McNally
Sat May 23, 2015 9:49 pm
Forum: Guardian animals
Topic: Starting new pup
Replies: 14
Views: 2094

Re: Starting new pup

Probably what is most important is that you know what to expect from the pup, and to be able to recognize when your chosen system is not working, so that you can correct the situation. If you are sure that a 9 week old pup will locate and be able to stay with the flock on 85 acre property, then do s...
by Janet McNally
Sun May 10, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Maintaining Udder Health (or, Fat Ewes, the saga continues
Replies: 16
Views: 3212

Re: Maintaining Udder Health (or, Fat Ewes, the saga continues

Regarding whether to lamb early ahead of the grass or lamb later on grass, but finish the lambs on purchased feed is a decision that should be made with a sharp pencil as the answer is different for everyone. As I said brassica's solved the lamb finishing problem for me, but brassicas require excell...
by Janet McNally
Sun May 10, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Maintaining Udder Health (or, Fat Ewes, the saga continues
Replies: 16
Views: 3212

Re: Maintaining Udder Health (or, Fat Ewes, the saga continues

I don't have much concern about my ewes having adequate mothering instinct to handle a pasture-based lambing system. Targhees are devoted and at times fierce mothers. My bunch is mostly good to handle, though the Cluns can be excitable. The young Tamarack/Targhee and Corriedale/Targhee ewes are a j...
by Janet McNally
Sun May 10, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Maintaining Udder Health (or, Fat Ewes, the saga continues
Replies: 16
Views: 3212

Re: Maintaining Udder Health (or, Fat Ewes, the saga continues

The date of range readiness (when grass can sustain significant grazing without setting back total annual production) can vary two to three weeks either way from an average of the last week in April. So that's when I should target being done lambing, is that right? That leaves a 5-6 week period of ...
by Janet McNally
Thu May 07, 2015 6:09 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Weaning questions
Replies: 13
Views: 1563

Re: Weaning questions

I guess I assumed these lambs are not going straight to slaughter. If they are going straight to slaughter then yes, you can wean at any time, but as Dave suggested, be sure to move the ewes onto some low protein feed. This time of year that probably is going to have to mean some dry mature grass ha...
by Janet McNally
Thu May 07, 2015 6:04 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Weaning questions
Replies: 13
Views: 1563

Re: Weaning questions

My concern was not about the ewe, but about the lamb. If these lambs are to be weaned onto a high quality creep ration they are already eating,then you can wean just about any time. But if you are weaning these lambs onto pasture, you need to give the lamb time to develop into a fully functional rum...
by Janet McNally
Wed May 06, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Weaning questions
Replies: 13
Views: 1563

Re: Weaning questions

I'd prefer that these lambs be closer to 100 days old before you wean them.

Janet
by Janet McNally
Fri May 01, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Maintaining Udder Health (or, Fat Ewes, the saga continues
Replies: 16
Views: 3212

Re: Maintaining Udder Health (or, Fat Ewes, the saga continues

Linda, that Montana grass is pretty powerful stuff. The trick to pasture lambing without bag problems is to time your lambing so that the green feed is just coming on and not too abundant. If need be (and if this works in your environment) you can use strip grazing as a way to limit intake, or, lamb...

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