Kris schulenburg

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since Feb 22, 2013
Henry County Ky Zone 6
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I always use hay. Sheep are picky and leave the courser stems to sleep on. It does of course have seeds if that is an issue.
Have not cleaned their shed out for 2 years. Just have to keep adding hay on top. Plan on cleaning out this winter. Should have some great compost for next year.
I didn’t get to go to lambing school yet. I fed copper, cobalt, boron and sulfur plus the Redmond salt, domolite and kelp. If you take out the kelp it cost $7 each a year. They ate the copper 3x faster than any of the others. I don’t know how that compares to Southern States mix.
Sydel has a 5 compartment plastic feeder you can hang on a fence that is easy to move.
A little late but here goes.
A friend gave her lamb peptonizmal tablets and yogurt and it cleared up. Also electrolytes with vitamins may help and probiotic paste should be available at any farm store or online.
Good luck.
Sounds like a good plan. 2 acres should be enough for 4-5 sheep especially if you are practicing rotational grazing.
Be careful of sheep in the orchard as they love to eat bark.
I don’t have any oak trees but I am sure they would love acorns. Sheep are pretty good about picking and choosing how much they should eat of something. (Except clover and alfalfa). They may do ok harvesting there own acorns especially if you can limit there access to an area. They are also good at clearing wooded areas. As long  as there are no broadleaf evergreens like rodedendrons and azaleas.
The tannins are also good for parasite control along with not returning to a pasture for at least six weeks.
There are Facebook groups with a lot of good information. Homestead Dairy Sheep, Sheep Farmers, Icelandic Sheep Owners all have a lot of information.
Minerals are also important for sheep there is a good thread about them in this forum. Good luck. Love my dairy sheep.
Virginia bluebell
7 months ago
Baking soda is for bloat. Grass hay helps to keep from bloating as well.
I don't know about the selenium other than we live in a low selenium area and feeding kelp and the higher selenium Redmond salt, we have not experienced problems associated with low selenium. Yet anyway.
Free Choice Enterprise in Lancaster WI sells many minerals separately.
Several of mine have them and most almost disappear when they bag up. One sheep's stays about 1/5 the size of her real nipples and have not caused any problems. They could get in the way if you are hand milking but are not a problem with machine milking (for me anyway)
Navajo Churios may be worth a look too. I had a hair sheep ewe who milked as well as my dairy crosses so it may be a matter of picking and choosing the milkiest individuals.