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I am so looking forward to the Black Sheep gathering later this month! It will be cool to see some of the breeds and farms in person rather than just online and in books. ^__^

Speaking of books, I have read two more that are simply wonderful. Hobby Farms/Small Scale Sheep is a wonderful little book. This was the first book that I read out of my sheep research books, so it was informative and fun to read, and had many adorable photos. Granted, after reading the other two it isn't nearly as detailed, but from my perspective as a non-sheep-owner at this time it has a lovely blend of information and humor.

The other one is Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep. This one is more on the technical side and a little more 'dry' of a read, but it is highly informative. For just sitting down and reading a book, I prefer the other two as they contain a lot more humor and personal type of stories. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy reading this one, it just took a little longer. ;D And the section on feeds and diseases will be hugely helpful in the future, I'm sure.

Edit: I didn't realize that I didn't have a link on the other book entry. Here is the link for Living with Sheep!


Retail Therapy

Found these adorable sheep lawn art figures from Taste of Home. I LOVE the black one!

They're in the Outdoor Living section, but hopefully the links will work for all three. Here is the the black one, the same one in white, and a slightly bigger grazing white one.

Hmm. Hopefully those links work, as they do have a shopper ID in there. They're adorable! In case they don't, it's the Outdoor Living, Outdoor Decor, and page 5 or so. ^___^

Records Management


This looks like an interesting program. They have them set up for cattle, goats and wildlife in addition to the sheep program. I have not seen this in person and am not able to endorse it any further than saying it looks pretty cool. ;D I wouldn't think it would be worth the investment for a non-purebred/registered flock, but if you were raising purebred/registered sheep it would probably make life a lot more smooth in the records keeping area.


Lamb Care

Thought I'd try some different types of links today. Something new! :o)

Article by a vet on how to prepare for lambing.

Interesting article from New Zealand - basically how to raise a "bummer" lamb for their summer project (equivalent to 4-H).

Care and Feeding of your newborn lamb. Also has links regarding some health issues and feed rations, etc.

Lamb care for newborns - this one also discusses docking tails, castration, and shots. The text appears to be white-on-white, so you have to highlight it to read it (at least, in Firefox). Still, the info is worth the hassle. I mean, a lot of it is the same info as in the books, but you don't need to get the books if you get it here. Or perhaps with enough repitition it will actually get embedded in my brain. *G*


More links


Spin Blessing - they appear to have a nice selection of supplies and how-to stuff on knitting and crocheting, as well as rug hooking and some other things. I forgot about rug hooking! I used to love doing that when I was younger, and it appears as if you can do it with wool. Shall have to check out some of the local craft stores to see if they carry any info on that, as I'd hate to buy a big book on it and then find it hard to prepare your wool for rug hooking!


I must confess to being fascinated, yet terrified, of the thought of hand spinning yarns. And then the resulting knitting or crocheting. I enjoy a lot of artistic type stuff, but so far needlepoint (you know, with the plastic netting!) has been my biggest foray into the sewing/yarnwork area. Well, a tiny bit of cross-stitching, but I never actually finished that project so I'm not sure it counts. ;D

Anyway, it's still fun to look at all the gorgeous yarns available and to ponder the idea of trying something in the knitting/crocheting family. I'll see which my family has more experience in (for assistance) or see if we have a group in the area that gets together for a social night or something. Because sometimes with that type of thing, seeing it in a book or even online just doesn't make it connect for me.

Brooks Farm Yarn - Gorgeous yarns!

Hill Shepherd - raises Border Cheviots and Angora goats. The Photo Album appears to be full of beautiful photos! I haven't looked past the first page, but they're quite nice.

Double Z Ranch - located in Dexter, Oregon. They raise Jacob Sheep and Cotswald Sheep. (Cotswald come in black! Yay! I love black sheep.)

Cotswold Sheep Breeders - official site. Wow, they are large sheep! Beautiful.


Mom and I got to discuss raising sheep while waiting for our dinner to arrive at the restaurant tonight. It was quite fun! We didn't really get any closer to deciding what we wanted to do, but we did get to talk about a few of the breeds we're interested in and talk about where on the place might be best for the shelter. We're still unsure about having a ram on the place year-round, and how best to avoid that if we're not just going for random cross breeds. Ergo, confusion still. Even if we do end up going the random cross breeds I can try to get a ewe or two of one of the more unique breeds and still end up with some pretty colored lambs.

Mom's not at all worried about working with the electric fencing. I'm a bit worried about it - just having to make sure it doesn't get shorted out by long grasses or getting shocked myself mostly, I guess. lol. It probably would be the best option for making smaller areas out of the bigger pasture and other such things. We'll see!


This isn't the Shepherd's Lament that I was searching for,
but it is pretty cool. The other one is a little more upbeat,
despite being a lament. :o)

Schaefers Klagelied (The Shepherd's Lament) - Goethe

I've stood there upon that mountain
A thousand times, I know,
Bent over on my old sheep-crook
And watching the valley below.

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Cute Picture



This weekend I read a wonderful book, Living with Sheep. It is written by Chuck Wooster and photographs by Geoff Hansen. I picked mine up at Borders bookstore, and found it to be very informative and easy to read and quite hilarious in spots. If you've been involved with sheep forever you might find it too "from the ground up" as he just kind of jumped into shepherding feet first and without a lot of pre-research. The sub-title is "Everything you need to know to raise your own flock" and I think it's quite valuable in that regard. In addition to discussing sheep, he does go into rotating pastures, types of fencing, protecting your flock and so on.

Anyway, your opinions on it would also be welcome! Or recommendations for other sheep related books - entertainment and practical both have their places. :o)