April 24, 2019

We are as good as done with lambing, one ewe left to go ... A total of 287 lambs were born, 243 of the lambs came from adults and 44 lambs came from 1 year old ewes. For adults we had 217% lambing rate and for 1 year old ewes we had a 138% lambing rate. Overall we had...

May 17, 2018

 

We first met you as rambunctious 6 month old ram lamb, being mister personality from day one. When you came down with meningeal worm after just one month with us, we thought it was all over. You survived, but we were sure that the residual back leg swagger meant that...

September 24, 2017

This year we tried to better understand the change in weight gain of the lambs. Previous years we saw that growth slowed at a certain point, this raised many questions such as:

  • Is it related to the age of the lambs?

  • Does it vary by gender?

  • Does rainfall in...

September 4, 2017

We raised 151 and 152 from 8 week old piglets.

They came with their 3 brothers and after sending the boys off to the butcher that first fall we had a nice, relatively snow free first winter with them. We bred them using AI and had nice first litters from both of them. W...

July 26, 2017

Fecal egg counts (FEC) is a great tool but you need to use it right. One single egg count on an individual animal is not very useful but when you have samples on all the animals in a group that are managed the same way on the same pasture it becomes an excellent tool t...

May 5, 2017

We are done with lambing for this year and thought this might be a good time to summarize the results of lambing season (for ourselves or anybody else that might be interested), we had a total of 136 lambs.

This was our first year breeding ewe lambs and were surprised t...

February 11, 2017

You can use ultrasound or the BioPRYN blood test to for pregnancy testing in sheep. The benefit of ultrasound is that you can see how many lambs you have in addition to knowing if they are pregnant or not, unfortunately it is more expensive too. The BioPRYN test only t...