Well... Lambing Season came, went, and has been long past and we haven't had a chance to update y'all on what a whirlwind of a year it has been! We had a successful lambing season with our adult ewe flock averaging 270% lambing percentage. Yup! You read that right... 270%! Great news is, we hardly lost any lambs, and we had some fantastic lambs! With breeding stock from this batch going from Missouri to Oregon, California to Iowa, and lots of places in between, we have had great feedback from our breeding stock customers.
This was our first year using our new ams from back East. With rams from Georgia, Virginia, and Arkansas siring our flock this past year, we were impressed with how the lambs turned out. We had several with exceptional parasite resistance (top 1-5%) and milk/mothering (top 1-5%).
We were also able to retain several of these high quality ewe lambs and ram lambs within our own flock. In fact, the little fellow in the photo below grew up to be a nice ram that we will be keeping back for future use as a herd sire.
Our list is filling up very quickly for next year, with reservations from Washington to Georgia, Oregon to Iowa, and places in between, so get on the list today while we still have space for our top stock. Our ram lineup this year is even more stellar than last year, and we can't wait for lambing to start! Hopefully we do a better job keeping you updated on what's happening around here next year! :)
We are super excited to be hosting a training on Integrated Parasite Management with Dave Scott from the National Center for Appropriate Technology out of Montana. Dave has a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience from both his personal farm and his work at NCAT. The training will train attendees how to utilize FAMACHA scoring, and then will certify them in doing is so they can obtain the patented card. This is a unique opportunity here in Idaho. A free lunch will be provided by the Idaho Wool Growers Association as well. While this is designed for Extension Educators, Veterinarians, 4-H and FFA leaders and advisors, and ag teachers, it is also open to individual producers as well, who will gain a wealth of helpful knowledge. Sign up now as space is limited! February 22nd is the date, so mark it on your calendar, register, and prepare to learn! This will really help producers who graze any irrigated pasture with their sheep. Further information can be obtained from the flyer below.
This fall, we used 3 of our new, top production trait rams for breeding.
We are super excited to share with you about the top of the nation genetics we purchased from across the nation this year!
We have finished our selection of the ram lambs we will be offering as breeding stokc this year. THis selection process is vigorous with a heavy emphsasis on performance. From the day they are born, they are evaluated for growth and parasite resistance. We keep track of this data through the National SHeep Improvement Program to develop Estimated Breeding Values to ensure we are only selling the best. Additionally, these records go back for years, all combined through pedigrees and statistical calculations to ensure only the best are selected. WE also place a heavy emphasis on milk and mothering, as well as consistent twins or triplets.
After selecting our top rams for EBV's, we also look at conformation and eleiminate any that do not meet the standards for breeding. Scrotal circumference has been measured on all of these rams as well.
And, we have also tested them for Codon 171 and TMEM 154, Scrapie and OPP resistance, respectively.
Check out these ram lambs by going to our breeding stock tab, hovering over for sale, and clicking on the various options.
We are updating our for sale page with our top quality ram lambs that we will be selling this year. We have some top quality ram lambs and will only be selling the ones that meet our criteria for breeding.
Contact us today as we only have a limited number available!
We are excited to be speaking at a couple sheep events hosted by the University of Wyoming Extension, University of Nebraska Extension, and the Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association. If you are in the area, come join us as the presenters dicuss a variety of important topics to the sheep and meat goat industries. For more information check out the press release at the link below:
We have finished a majority of our lambing ewes. So far, the two lambing groups have given us a total of 64 lambs, with the majority of those being in the second group (52). These lambs are looking great and this year is easily shaping up to be our best lamb crop ever!