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by Shiner
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: for those who shear their own sheep
Replies: 9
Views: 652

Re: for those who shear their own sheep

The main reason we changed from Rambouillets to hair breeds was the scarcity of shearers in our area. When we started raising wool ewes in '91, I could offer the local college students who were working at the university's sheep center a 12 pack of beer and they would shear our flock of 40 animals. T...
by Shiner
Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Non-traditional markets
Replies: 18
Views: 1313

Re: Non-traditional markets

Our markets have been in the doldrums for the past 3 months or so but this week, every large sale barn is reporting a huge jump in prices paid for lambs. They were rocking along at $1.50- 2.00 for quite some time and this week jumped to 1.90- 2.70 for 60 lb lambs, mostly hair sheep. We just put our ...
by Shiner
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Eating a lamb that died?
Replies: 5
Views: 454

Re: Eating a lamb that died?

I have butchered a young ram that I saw get his neck broken by another ram as well as a large lamb that pulled its foot off while running through some downed chain link fence. I have never felt comfortable eating anything that just up and died, however.
by Shiner
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: for those who shear their own sheep
Replies: 9
Views: 652

Re: for those who shear their own sheep

Back in 2012, I considered just about everything you mentioned. Then I remembered the condition of my back and switched to hair sheep. It made life so much more enjoyable.
Shiner
by Shiner
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Non-traditional markets
Replies: 18
Views: 1313

Re: Non-traditional markets

greengrazer, what part of the country are you in?
by Shiner
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Non-traditional markets
Replies: 18
Views: 1313

Re: Non-traditional markets

I was wrong in figuring the market would jump up some at the end of Ramadan. While a month ago lambs up to 80 lbs were bringing 190 - 230, this week they continued to drop to 130 - 200 with most bringing around 175 cwt. Hope other parts of the country are doing better than that.
by Shiner
Wed May 09, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Non-traditional markets
Replies: 18
Views: 1313

Re: Non-traditional markets

I just got off the phone with a west TX marketing person and the explanation he gave me is supply. Apparently there has been a slew of light lambs hit the market, driving down prices. First time in several years I have been made aware of an overabundance of sheep. Maybe things will pick up in a month.
by Shiner
Wed May 09, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Non-traditional markets
Replies: 18
Views: 1313

Re: Non-traditional markets

One week before Ramadan and market prices down here drop another $15. Hard to figure based on the past few years. I sold all my males to a local meat market buyer a couple of weeks ago and am glad of it now.
by Shiner
Tue May 01, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Non-traditional markets
Replies: 18
Views: 1313

Re: Non-traditional markets

Interestingly, just 2 weeks before the beginning of Ramadan, the market for slaughter lambs has dropped somewhat significantly. 40-60 lb lambs, as well as 60-80 lbs were both in the sale range at our major markets at 190-230 cwt. Around April 3, the week after Easter, they were up around 270 cwt. I ...
by Shiner
Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: General management
Topic: CDT practices
Replies: 5
Views: 811

Re: CDT practices

We inoculate when they come out of their jugs, moms each time and lambs at around 4 days old when they are tagged.
by Shiner
Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Non-traditional markets
Replies: 18
Views: 1313

Re: Non-traditional markets

As do my production decisions. I had to breed a bit earlier last summer/fall in order to get lambs to start hitting the ground now in order to have them ready for Ramadan in mid-May. I was notified last year by a state agency I had never heard of that I would no longer be permitted to allow purchase...
by Shiner
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Non-traditional markets
Replies: 18
Views: 1313

Non-traditional markets

I have been watching the USDA market reports for Producers in San Angelo, TX for the past year and have noticed that all lambs sold for slaughter went to "non-traditional markets." According to other market sites, non-traditional means Hispanic and Middle Eastern buyers. If 100% are consis...
by Shiner
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Lambing @ Blackshire Farm
Replies: 19
Views: 2646

Re: Lambing @ Blackshire Farm

Come weaning time, I foresee some tough decisions on what to keep and what to sell! I have always thought that is what you strive for, producing lambs that are so good that you have a hard time deciding what to keep and what to let go. If the decisions are easy, one may not be doing it right. Good l...
by Shiner
Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Introducing new ram lamb to established ram
Replies: 8
Views: 1275

Re: Introducing new ram lamb to established ram

Due to space limitations, we generally need to keep our 2-3 rams together until right before breeding season. When introducing a new ram, whether young or older, we lock them up together in a converted horse stall that is no larger than 10x10. Usually with only one established ram at a time until th...
by Shiner
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: A request for new members
Replies: 37
Views: 56772

Re: A request for new members

Howdy: Newly joined shepherd from SE Texas, about an hour north of Houston, currently on our 6th year raising Dorper/Katahdin lambs after having Rambouillets for 20 years. We are currently breeding around 35 D/K ewes to a Katahdin ram (for parasite tolerant replacements) as well as a Dorper sire for...

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