Sheep Milking Pail Review

Milk Pail 101 A superior sheep milking pail is as important to a dairyman as fine clubs are to a golf pro.  Milk can be unforgiving when handled improperly.  And, clean milk starts in the milking parlor.  We try to avoid plastic as a general rule, so we were only interested in metal or glass…

How to Milk Sheep

Sheep milking is one of the little pleasures in life. It is a beautiful moment on the franch when shepherd and sheep work together as partners. In the beginning milking time resembled a rodeo event, but after a few weeks everyone learned their parts gracefully. Once you learn how to milk sheep, you will be…

The Race to Cool the Milk

After our dairy ewe lambed, we were slapped in the face with all the things we didn’t know about milk, milking, and milk handling, which was about everything.  It took a few weeks, okay it took 8 weeks to feel mostly comfortable with the idea of playing with another creatures, um ….. teats, but we…

Weaning Time

So, the lambs made it through infancy with only a couple minor emergencies, lots of kisses, and one round of penicillin for Val.  Last week, as I took a moment to survey the vista, I noticed sheep shenanigans out of the corner of my eye.  Sasha was high tailing it away from Doc, who had…

Introducing Our 2015 Dodge Ram

Our East Freisian Ewe, Sasha, gave birth to the prettiest ram lamb.  We really enjoy getting to know him, and can’t get enough of his playfulness.

Learning How to Lamb

Our first lamb was born February 4th, 2015, and it was high drama.  When we arrived back at the house around 3:30, Sasha’s water had broken, and she was in active labor.  We kept a respectful distance and marveled at the miracle of birth.  As I looked down at Sasha, I sent a little plea…

The Separation is Killing Me

We just got the final results on the tests we sent away.  Of the three sheep we bought about four weeks ago, one came back positive for OPP, one for CL, and our last girl, Sasha, came back completely clean from CL, Johne’s, and OPP.  We are so relived that at least one of our…