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What you don’t know about your pregnant sheep may kill it

Twin Lamb Disease Last night one of our sheep refused to stand up.  This is a big deal with sheep and indicates something is very wrong.  Worse, the saying that a sick sheep is a dead sheep is very true.  A quick look told us this was one of our very pregnant ewes and a quick feel told us that she had lost significant weight recently.  Unlike the other livestock, it is too easy for a sheep to lose weight without any notice.  Their puffy wool makes even the skinniest animal look fat and without feeling through the wool, you…

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Care of sheep in winter

We finally got some rain here in the desert.  Crazy right?  Okay, well it sprinkled for a while.  It was enough to get the ground wet and the pig pens are nothing but mud…I need to go put some straw down. We have lots of sheep here, mostly Navajo-Churro, a good desert breed.  So what do we do for them here at Flip Flop Ranch?  Well, not a lot actually.  Sheep do really well in the winter generally, and here in southern california the winters are usually mild enough on them that they don’t need a lot of care. We…

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Winter is Coming-8 Tips for preparing your farm for winter

This past storm that blew into the desert may have come and gone, but  we can be sure another one is coming with even colder temperatures.  It’s easy for us desert rats to forget how harsh the winters here are after the extreme heat and sunshine of the summer.  Sure it’s not a Vermont winter, but it can still be tough on both farmer and farm animal. Batten down the hatches While ‘batten down the hatches’ is an old shipman’s phrase referring to covering grated openings in the ship’s deck (hatches) with a tarp secured by wooden strips (battens) to…

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How to Shear a Sheep

Nobody shears sheep in the High Desert where we live.  Well at least nobody I could find.  And the summer’s are excruciating so when I first got sheep, they HAD to be sheared.  I decided, like so many other things, that I could just do it myself.  Well, let me tell you, shearing sheep is NOT easy, but it can be done. What you need to shear a sheep Muscle It takes a lot of muscle to hold the sheep and maneuver it around so the very first thing you need is muscle.  If you only have a few sheep…

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Our new Gulf Coast Sheep lambs

It’s so exciting!  We just had our first lambs born!  I didn’t even know the momma Gulf Coast Sheep was pregnant, but it turns out that some rams snuck in with the girls about 148 days ago give or take!  Remember I just got this flock so their history is a little…shady… Anyhow, I was just walking around feeding and suddenly did a double take.  There were two adorable little monsters wobbling around the pen.  No fuss, no problem.  Momma was perfectly healthy and is taking fantastic care of her babies.

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I have a problem with overeating…

I have a problem with overeating.  Hey buster, it’s not me who overeats, it’s my piggy sheep that overeat.  See, at Flip Flop Ranch, animals tend to escape…a lot.  I forget to lock the gate or they slip through  a fence we thought  would hold them, or the most recent escape was the sheep busted a gate open.  And where do they go? Straight to the chicken feed. I mean, how could they resist that scrumptious mix of corn, wheat and oats? So that’s where overeating disease comes in.  This is a disease sheep get literally from eating too much.  What…

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