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by OogieM
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Timing coccidiosis preventative for lambs
Replies: 5
Views: 164

Re: Timing coccidiosis preventative for lambs

I'm interested in electronet. Right now I'm working off the remaining post and fence I already have. The biggest issue is everything is on a hill. It's ohio but this area is all up and down like WV. So shelters need to be central to optimize grazing area around it. Right now I've been trying to opt...
by OogieM
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Improving a pasture
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: Improving a pasture

Do any of you have suggestions as to how I can improve the pasture? You don't say how many sheep and for how long and what your rest period is but the best way to increase desirable forage is to pen the sheep tightly so that you are getting between 20,000-50,000 lbs/acre, move them so that they are...
by OogieM
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Free Choice Copper Sulfate
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: Free Choice Copper Sulfate

have had copper deficiency in our sheep because of the high molybdenum content of our soil so I add copper to their salt. We also add copper to our minerals and I test livers, usually from older sheep at least 6 years old or older. We are barely in normal on the low end even feeding copper. Also ve...
by OogieM
Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Tariffs?
Replies: 24
Views: 1246

Re: Tariffs?

You really can't find a cheaper and more reasonable processor? No wonder you thought of opening your own slaughter facility. I wouldn't be in business paying what you have to pay. Your processor just sounds like a brat. Mine is super nice and super accommodating.Even if you have to drive 3-4 hours ...
by OogieM
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Tariffs?
Replies: 24
Views: 1246

Re: Tariffs?

Who cares what the grocery stores in big cities or the market report for retail cuts says? It is irrelevant to your farm stand. Do you want to make a decent living, supplying lamb to many people, to create a long term business, to make more lamb consumers? Then consult your conscience and the peopl...
by OogieM
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Tariffs?
Replies: 24
Views: 1246

Re: Tariffs?

Oogie: My opinion is that those prices are too high around here but if someone can get them, more power to them. The vendor to whom I referenced told me that she gets lambs butchered at around 100-120 lbs and processing is $90 per head which includes vacuum sealing. Right there is a big difference....
by OogieM
Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Tariffs?
Replies: 24
Views: 1246

Re: Tariffs?

Apparently, if I want to sell processed lamb it will have to be away from my local farmers' market as I was denied permission to sell anything other than peaches, plums and tomatoes since they already had another producer selling lamb and they didn't want to allow any competition, despite the fact ...
by OogieM
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Changing direction and growing the flock
Replies: 27
Views: 1801

Re: Changing direction and growing the flock

It's occurred to me that if I keep back ram lamb to do it in pairs of the best, most alike. Then I can have 2 rams for a group of ewes and not be so worried about ram/ewe ratio. You won't be able to register any of those animals and it can complicate keepign ewe lambs for later unless you plan to a...
by OogieM
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Changing direction and growing the flock
Replies: 27
Views: 1801

Re: Changing direction and growing the flock

I'm planning CIDRs in Sept 29, pull Oct 6 and groups together. Flush Sept 20-Oct 10. Groups separate Oct 26. Due date March 1-21, with the hope of most being born 1-11th. One comment. We've used synchronization methods for 13 years as part of the research on non-surgical AI. The recommendation if y...
by OogieM
Sat May 04, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Why do lambs not drink from the bottle, until they do?
Replies: 13
Views: 558

Re: Why do lambs not drink from the bottle, until they do?

I haven't tested forage in years and the only result was the low selenium and copper on the low end. I hesitate to ever supplement copper though, as sheep are so sensitive. I supplement with a good general purpose sheep dry mineral (very hard to get custom blends around here) You can test a few liv...
by OogieM
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: LambPlan and NSIP
Topic: EBVs for in-flock data?
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Re: EBVs for in-flock data?

Using only in-flock data over 5 years of using it to determine the worst sheep, i.e the culls, I have increased our lamb carcass weights by 4.35 pounds and yearling carcass weights by 1.96 pounds. We have kept birth weights the same and reduced the number of ewes that need assistance, This is data f...
by OogieM
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: eating a ram?
Replies: 9
Views: 710

Re: eating a ram?

Saffronsheepranch wrote:Have any of you had a mature ram butchered?

Yes you can eat a B. ovis positive sheep. And yes, I butcher mature adult rams all the time. I didn't sell the meat until I and tried several ourselves and was confident that the quality would not suffer.
by OogieM
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Share your Success
Topic: Shave 'Em to Save 'Em
Replies: 0
Views: 207

Shave 'Em to Save 'Em

I can highly recommend that qualifying shepherds get signed up with the Livestock Conservancy's Shave 'Em to Save 'Em program. You must be a member and have a breed on their conservation lists. You apply for and get stickers. When a customer buys fiber from you you send them a filled out sticker wit...
by OogieM
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Changing direction and growing the flock
Replies: 27
Views: 1801

Re: Changing direction and growing the flock

Sounds like a decent business opportunity around you. The cost to put together a mixed species USDA slaughter facility is approximately $1 million, not including land costs. I have looked into it many times. Mobile slaughter won't work here because you can't get large trucks and trailers the size t...
by OogieM
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Changing direction and growing the flock
Replies: 27
Views: 1801

Re: Changing direction and growing the flock

I pulled up the market reports of the auction I will be taking lambs to. I wrote down the prices for 40-60# lambs (not choice, not prime) for all of this year and last year. Jan 2 auction #40-60 went $200-240. But I know this is the higher price time and that I won't be lambing to hit this market. ...

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