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March 8, 2009

How It All Began

Filed under: The Sheep — Kirk @ 12:49 am
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My "Starter Flock"
My “Starter Flock”

Hello everyone!  I am sorry it has taken my so long to add to this blog.  My intentions were good but my follow through was poor.  I was raised near Beaumont, Texas and was in 4-H as a child.  I started raising and exhibiting various breed of chickens and this led to raising registered Nubian goats and showing market show steer and hogs.  I always loved large animals and originally wanted to be a mixed animal practitioner.  Once we started doing surgery in veterinary school, I realized my options were greater with dogs and cats.  I had always hoped to one day have livestock again and we found this property in Bartonville and now was the time to do so!!  With only 4 acres, I could maybe have 2 cows or could have more sheep or goats.  With the sheep, I can have lots of lambs and support the 4-H and FFA programs that I learned so much from as a child.  I decided that I would have sheep.  Well, I have had to learn a great deal about them and do all the medicine / surgery on them myself.  There is a saying in vet school about the 4 S’s.  Sick sheep seldom survive !!  Well this saying is true!  I have encountered numerous problems in the last 5 years and read alot, read list serves on the internet and speak with TAMU clinicians regarding their various problems.  I have learned a great deal and feel that I am back to what I loved so much when I was young.  4-H and the livestock taught me so much and gave me so much joy.  Now is my time to return this knowledge and enlightenment to other students as well.

I started with purchasing 4 sheep from a local breeder.  These were my “starter” flock.  Poor quality and inexpensive but good to start and learn from.  I have since been able to purchase some very nice quality sheep from one of the top breeders in the states and have become friends with one of my pharmaceutical representatives who also raises and sells show lambs.  We have purchased better and better quality sheep and have had some success with our show lambs.  The lamb crop that we are now delivering looks to be our best yet!  I started with a ram and 3 ewes but now have 13 ewes and lots of lambs on the ground already with more to come.  I will probably only be able to keep 10-13 ewes total because I have limited space here.  He currently has about 30 ewes so we will have lots of lambs to sell later in the spring. 

I wanted to share this experience with anyone interested and hope to post photos from start to finish to share what we do with the sheep.  I promise I will write again very soon!!

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