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by HomesteadNowhere
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Changing direction and growing the flock
Replies: 27
Views: 29539

Re: Changing direction and growing the flock

The prices are from the market report. http://www.mthopeauction.com/market_reports I wrote down prices from jan 2017 to current for 40-60# and 60-80#. I hope to update my notepad periodically until lambing then watch it closely through weaning and cross my fingers. From jan 2017 until now there was ...
by HomesteadNowhere
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Changing direction and growing the flock
Replies: 27
Views: 29539

Re: Changing direction and growing the flock

At this point I'm still planning to get a BFL ram after I sell the lambs. And to get a few Corriedale ewes next year. Everything else is subject to change. But changes will be made based on a lot of thinking and information. That's why I posted here. There is another forum I post about sheep on but ...
by HomesteadNowhere
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Changing direction and growing the flock
Replies: 27
Views: 29539

Re: Changing direction and growing the flock

I'm a little confused because these are based on bottom dollar. Assuming low meat lamb prices. Assuming high waste in wool processing. Assuming I sell yarn at the low range of wool yarn prices. Assuming I sell fleece at the low range of raw wool prices. And I have done research for all of these pric...
by HomesteadNowhere
Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Changing direction and growing the flock
Replies: 27
Views: 29539

Re: Changing direction and growing the flock

As to wool I think you're underestimating what properly marketed wool goes for. For nice wool, decently clean, I'll be starting at $15/lb. Better fleeces, coated fleeces, price goes up from there. Going with an average of 5# skirted fleece per sheep. 5# x $15= $75 - 5.50 shearing per head= $69.95 x ...
by HomesteadNowhere
Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Changing direction and growing the flock
Replies: 27
Views: 29539

Re: Changing direction and growing the flock

I also think I need to clarify a little. I'm not expecting to produce the biggest nicest lambs at the auction. I'm wanting to make enough with the meat lambs sales to feed the sheep, etc, and have some money to invest in the wool aspects. (The wool is basically going to be a different business to ma...
by HomesteadNowhere
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Changing direction and growing the flock
Replies: 27
Views: 29539

Re: Changing direction and growing the flock

Do you think a more realistic program would be to keep the breed crosses separate, like different breeding lines? Then I could compare the lines against each other to determine which line to continue with. BFL x shetland. The next year shetland mules crossing back to BFL and mule to mule. BFL x Corr...
by HomesteadNowhere
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Changing direction and growing the flock
Replies: 27
Views: 29539

Re: Changing direction and growing the flock

Thanks I hadn't heard about the NSIP sale before. I'll be there in May for the Great Lakes fiber show and there is the Banner (I think?) sheep show/auction. I hadn't got a chance to see the previous years I've been but I plan to make time this year and am hoping to meet up with some BFL breeders ove...
by HomesteadNowhere
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Changing direction and growing the flock
Replies: 27
Views: 29539

Re: Changing direction and growing the flock

Polypay were one of the breeds I looked at. I've not seen any in person and can't find anything online about average ram/ewe adult weight. I thought they were quite big, like 200+lb range. For me doing almost all the farm work myself getting nearer 200# is pushing my limit to manhandle them. From wh...
by HomesteadNowhere
Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Changing direction and growing the flock
Replies: 27
Views: 29539

Changing direction and growing the flock

I think I need to streamline. I'd appreciate any suggestions you all might have. I'm going to be investing in flock filer program to help me keep track of things and be able to more easily/objectively assess the sheep. Currently I'm doing a lot of paper jumbling and shuffling bits n bobs. - My main ...
by HomesteadNowhere
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: CIDRs, to be or not to be?
Replies: 5
Views: 7633

Re: CIDRs, to be or not to be?

Thanks. I have been watching a lot of the webinars and stuff online and I follow Sandi Brock (youtube channel) who year round breeds in Canada. She uses CIDRs and PG600 usually. I was thinking to just use the CIDRs, not with any other injections etc. This is the plan I had for next year- CIDRs in Oc...
by HomesteadNowhere
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: CIDRs, to be or not to be?
Replies: 5
Views: 7633

Re: CIDRs, to be or not to be?

I want to synchronize the ewes so that I'm lambing in a short window. Sync them in-season. I'm aiming for groups together Oct 15- Nov 6 and lambing March 10- April 1. Last year I had 9 ewes lamb. The first was 2wks ahead of everyone, six ewes lambed over two weeks (one or two every day or two), then...
by HomesteadNowhere
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: General management
Topic: CIDRs, to be or not to be?
Replies: 5
Views: 7633

CIDRs, to be or not to be?

Hello. I recently have come to the conclusion that I need to diversify my flock in a different direction than I started out with. Also as the flock grows I'm wanting to try CIDRs. I've basically tripled my numbers this year and if things go well ( fingers crossed!! ) I could easily be able to double...
by HomesteadNowhere
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Wool - the new direct market you probably didn't know about
Replies: 0
Views: 5342

Wool - the new direct market you probably didn't know about

Hello! I'd like to offer you all some new ideas and information about wool and marketing that you might not have thought of or heard of. The wol market report seems to sit at 50-60 cents/lb. I'd like to start by offering that for the right wools you can very easily get at least $1/lb. There are a fe...

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