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!
Well, it is finally here: Lambing Season! This is always such a fun time of year as you get to see what lambs you'll have, and when you are using new sires, it adds to the excitement!
Good Shepherd Farm is offering some top quality rams for sale. We are hauling back rams from back East this year and so can only keep so many herd sires around! :) Many of these rams are proven herd sires with ewe lambs that have been retained.
Check out our For Sale page for more information!
We got our first snow of the year a couple weeks ago. I took this picture a few days after the snow started to melt. We have been using the sheep to graze off some stockpiled forage in the pastures. The sheep prefer the grass quite frequently over the hay which is great because it also cuts down on feed costs as it doesn't have to go through all the processing and equipment costs that hay producing must go through. Winter Grazing can also be
The first batch of ewes to lamb was put in with the ram November 7th, and before we knew it and could post to update y'all, they are all bred! Pictured above is a portion of them in with one of three of our 2019 herd sires, KRK 7202.
This year my flock had some exceptional quality ram and ewe lambs for the NW. We were able to pass on many of these to breeders across the West for use in their flocks to improve their flocks, build their operations, or start some new flocks. From Nevada to NW Washington to Eastern Idaho and lots of sales in between, we are looking
Introducing our major 2019 herd sire: KMC 18037. We had the great privilege to be able to acquire this fantastic ram. He is one of the highest indexing lambs born in the NW this year. He ranks very well for maternal traits: milk production, prolifacy and lamb survivability while also having really strong growth numbers. He has an excellent hair coat, a nice frame, good muscling, and a nice calm temperament! As if it couldn't get any better, he is out of a ewe from David Coplen (Birch Cove Farm) in Missouri and brings some new bloodlines to the NW! He has black hooves and sound feet and legs. This ram really is a nice balanced ram that should throw some really nice ewe lambs next spring. His ewe lambs are already almost all spoken for for next year, contact us today to get on our list for the last remaining few.
This month, we had the exciting information come back from the last NSIP data run to give our flock EBV's for Weaning and Post Weaning Fecal Egg Count. This gives us information on the genetic ability of all of our lambs to be able to resist parasites, specifically the Haemonchus Contortus (Barber Pole) worm. These numbers track the trait across multiple generations and allow us to select the animals that have the best resistance to this costly problem in the sheep industry. Our flock is one of only two Katahdin flocks this side of the Midwest currently submitting this data. In addition, Katahdins are the only breed with an EBV for parasite resistance at 8 weeks of age, which means our flock is one of only two flocks of any breed currently measuring this economically important trait with an EBV this side of the Midwest. If you are looking for a herd sire, or some exceptional ewes where this trait is measured so you can improve your flock, give us a call or check our for sale page. Let our flock improve yours with "Production Trait Katahdins"!