A request for new members

In which users discuss matters pertaining to the management of the health, welfare, and productivity of their flocks. Nutrition, pasture management, health care protocols, feeding systems, and such are all on topic.
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Re: A request for new members

Postby Polypays4U » Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:56 am

Alex Neshta, I do not know your area or what you plan to produce so it is hard to offer good advice. I hope you can find a local sheep producer to mentor you. Getting started and staying in the business isn't all that easy unless you can get some hands on experience from a local producer. I wish you well.
Bill Hardman
Uncompahgre Polypay Farm
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The western home of productive Polypays.

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Re: A request for new members

Postby denice » Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:13 pm

Alex

Welcome to the forum. There are producers from across the country here so hopefully someone will have some 'more local' insights for you. I have found if you can purchase good quality sheep from a similar area of the country that manages their operation similar also that it the best way to go.

You will find you may get more replies by creating an entire new topic rather than replying to another post.

Denice

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Re: A request for new members

Postby NWF » Sat May 13, 2017 2:09 pm

Hi Everyone:

I am new here as of a few days ago. I've lurked for a couple of years.

My small farm is located in central Iowa. I raise registered Katahdins and some dual-purpose chickens. I am new to sheep, but have wanted to raise them for years. I bought 6 ewe lambs and a ram lamb a little over a year ago . . . and kept buying. I now have 23 head (13 ewes, 7 ewe lambs, a ram and a ram lamb). The ewes should start dropping lambs any day now. Before purchasing the sheep I read, and read, and read, then attended ag extension sponsored pasture walks, sheep seminars, etc. I tried to learn as much as I could before taking the plunge . . . which means I know exactly nothing. I hope (emphasis on 'hope') eventually to raise genetically strong animals that are parasite resistant, good mothers, etc. I've learned a lot on this bulletin board and look forward to learning lots more.

Thanks for accepting me for membership.

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Re: A request for new members

Postby denice » Sun May 21, 2017 10:10 am

NWF

Happy to have you
The more questions you ask the more useful the board will be :) so post away...
Denice

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Re: A request for new members

Postby Shiner » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:46 pm

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 terminal lambs. We went from drenching the woolies once per 45 days or less to once a year for the hair sheep.

Our main market used to be the sale barn out in Fredericksburg but we were fortunate about 5 years ago to tap into the growing local ethnic market and have sold 95% of our lambs off the farm since then. It has been interesting dealing with folks I otherwise wouldn't have been in contact with.

Shiner - prosit

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Re: A request for new members

Postby denice » Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:51 am

Shiner
Good to have you here. Hopefully you enjoy the discussion
Denice

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Re: A request for new members

Postby evranch » Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:12 pm

Hey everyone,

I'm a Saskatchewan shepherd, I run around 100 ewes give or take a few. This will be my 5th year in the business. I run a pasture based operation with minimal grain other than creep for the lambs. My land should be able to carry 2-300 so we'll see how expansion goes in the next few years now that I have the biggest issues solved (that is of course, keeping the sheep on the land and not the road). I raise a definitely commercial flock of Dorset x CDN Arcott and am currently trying out some NCC rams as I like their hardiness and vigour. I like sheep that can lamb on their own but I still do lamb in confinement and pen ewes with lambs, mostly due to weather conditions at this time of year.

I'm interested in advancing the industry in Canada as I feel we are a little behind some of the big players, I'm presently working on automating my sheep handling and sorting as well as rotational grazing systems and extended fall/winter grazing. Also on the eternal quest for sheep-proof fence which to me is looking like 6 wires, with alternate grounds, and a dangerously hot charger.

Looking forward to sharing ideas with other ranchers. I have lambs dropping right now, just started today, so I won't be a big presence here for awhile, but I thought I'd say hi.

Alex

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Re: A request for new members

Postby denice » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:14 pm

Welcome Alex

Hope all goes well for lambing

Denice


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