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Offline MikeM

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New Sheep arrivals
« on: May 26, 2018, 08:24:12 PM »
We made a day trip down to Section Alabama to pick up some ewe lambs.  We are slowly switching to registered Katahdin stock and these 4 will replace 6 of our commercial ewes.  We will still be raising commercial quality sheep but they will be selling as meat sheep instead of breeders.

The farm these lambs came from cull really hard and truly only keep the ewes that are outstanding.  These girls are all about 2 1/2 months old and a little over 80 pounds so they have had phenomenal growth. They are all out of either twins or triplets but these girls won't be bred until they are a little over a year old to let them get to their adult size.
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Re: New Sheep arrivals
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2018, 09:35:04 AM »
Mike-- congratulations on taking the steps toward a more registered herd.  Reminds me of our start.  When dad got out of service in 1944 we started to buy registered bulls to upgrade our few head of milk cows and just grew from there.  It took a long time but it can be done.

Four registered ewes will certainly give you a start on increasing your percentage of registered stock.  If we could only get started sooner.  LOL

Keep up the good work.

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Re: New Sheep arrivals
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2018, 01:47:55 PM »
Thanks Ben - We have a nice herd that is very marketable.  We are trying to provide both meat and breeding stock (both registered and commercial).  We have already sold 14 lambs this season and are getting ready to breed back 17 ewes with 6 of those ear marked for sale once we are sure they are bred.
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Re: New Sheep arrivals
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2018, 05:31:21 PM »
I suppose raising animals like any business it is important to know your customer base and continue to be on the curve to meets their needs.
Good luck with your new ewes. I hope they make lots of twins and triplets for you.
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