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by Bill Fosher
Mon Jul 11, 2016 1:16 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Grazing Question
Replies: 23
Views: 1768

Re: Grazing Question

With that restriction, I would guess you're going to be doing some mowing. I'd still make the paddocks as small as you can and move them daily or every other day at the most to keep them on a good plane of nutrition and to provide the best recovery period.
by Bill Fosher
Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:13 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Grazing Question
Replies: 23
Views: 1768

Re: Grazing Question

Oh, and I agree that moving the back fence more often than once a week is crucial, no matter how frequently you're moving them forward. Three days is a good practice, and five days is the outside maximum. You don't want them grazing anything that's trying to regrow.
by Bill Fosher
Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:37 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Grazing Question
Replies: 23
Views: 1768

Re: Grazing Question

Here are some things to try. Tiny paddocks, twice a day moves. This ensures a relatively constant plane of nutrition, and gets the sheep excited about eating what's in front of them. Trying to get sheep to grind through mature pastures by keeping them in one place for a long time a.) doesn't really ...
by Bill Fosher
Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:23 am
Forum: Stock For Sale or Wanted
Topic: Awassi genetics available in USA
Replies: 14
Views: 3192

Re: Awassi genetics available in USA

Carolyn Davidson of Towri Sheep Cheeses has asked me to post this: Please note; Towri Sheep Cheeses, crossed our original East Fresian Ewes with our Awassi Rams to stop the horrific sun cancer rate of our East Fresians, not the other way round as Mr Larry M. has declared. Towri is situated in the hu...
by Bill Fosher
Sun Jan 03, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Selling Lambs around X-Mas Time
Replies: 9
Views: 1792

Re: Selling Lambs around X-Mas Time

Around here if you want animals slaughtered between September and January, you need to have booked your appointments by late April or early May. That means I'm often booking slaughter dates for animals that haven't been born yet. Sometimes if you have one or two, they can slip you in here or there, ...
by Bill Fosher
Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:31 pm
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Selling Lambs around X-Mas Time
Replies: 9
Views: 1792

Re: Selling Lambs around X-Mas Time

Be thankful you can get a butcher appointment that quickly. One of our shops is already booked for the fall of 2016.
by Bill Fosher
Thu Oct 15, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: Farm flock P&L spreadsheet
Replies: 15
Views: 4722

Re: Farm flock P&L spreadsheet

Hi Linda, The spreadsheet that was linked to at the top of this thread is pretty much a disaster. People have monkeyed around with the formulae rather than just putting in their own numbers, so it no longer works correctly. If you want to e-mail me, I will send you a link to a version of the sheet t...
by Bill Fosher
Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:36 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: using teaser rams
Replies: 3
Views: 619

Re: using teaser rams

The economic benefits of teasers come in a couple of different situations. First, if you're trying to bring ewes into heat early or late in the breeding season (August or February breeding, for instance). The second is if you want to concentrate your lambing dates to as short a time as possible. Thi...
by Bill Fosher
Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:20 am
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Sheep Handling System
Replies: 3
Views: 992

Re: Sheep Handling System

The advantage of a guillotine gate is that you can operate it from the back of the race, which tends to keep the flow a little more even.
by Bill Fosher
Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:24 am
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Creeping-rooted alfalfa
Replies: 11
Views: 1590

Re: Creeping-rooted alfalfa

I have it going strong as part of a pasture mix seven years after seeding. But it's the taproot type. I also let it set seed at least once a year because of the length of my recovery periods so some of the longevity may be self-seeding.
by Bill Fosher
Sat Jun 13, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Late weaning
Replies: 3
Views: 872

Re: Late weaning

When I was weaning on pasture, I usually tried to leave the lambs on the field where they had been with their mothers, and truck or trail the ewes off to poorer quality pasture. Sometimes I would need to move both groups to new locations, but the ewes were always moved to mature or low-quality pastu...
by Bill Fosher
Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:55 am
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Transporting Lambs
Replies: 5
Views: 836

Re: Transporting Lambs

It's fine if you get paid for it. People have gotten used to "free" shipping on stuff they buy on the internet, so I was suggesting that you do what internet retailers do: increase the price and make shipping free.
by Bill Fosher
Sat Jun 06, 2015 5:00 am
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Transporting Lambs
Replies: 5
Views: 836

Re: Transporting Lambs

You'd be losing money to do it for that price. Raise the price of the lambs by $1,000 and offer free shipping within a 100 mile radius if someone buys the whole group.
by Bill Fosher
Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:19 am
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Grass seader/fertilizer speader
Replies: 2
Views: 687

Re: Grass seader/fertilizer speader

One tip, since you mentioned fertilizer: get one with a poly hopper. Metal will corrode with exposure to fertilizer.
by Bill Fosher
Wed May 13, 2015 3:53 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Weaning questions
Replies: 13
Views: 1573

Re: Weaning questions

It's counterintuitive, but creep fed lambs do develop a functional rumen in fewer days than grass fed lambs. But in either system, it has been my experience that any lamb that is put to a pasture-only ration at a weight less than about 60 to 65 pounds will at the very least be set back and may fail ...

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