jessi latiolais

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full time military and breaking into a permaculture farm for my "after" plan. Local scale 
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Thanks so much!
This is the most info I have gotten. I haven't even run across the other name and couldn't find any specifics like what you listed.
Can it handle a lot of rain? I always build up my area but sometimes it will rain for a week at a time. I am not to worried about drought, at least at first because I am not planning on planting more area than I can handle watering.

Really thanks for your help!
I am in South Louisiana and want to grow a small batch of einkorn wheat. Does any one grow this wheat in or close to a 9a zone? This will be my first try at wheat period but really this is the one I have my heart set on. Thanks for any advise.
We have a breeding pair of IPPs. We have had Duroc which is an awesome meat hog and Pink mixed barn hogs and they were super sweet. Duroc are way too aggressive and very hard on land. That's fine if you have the space but for a small pasture rotated with other animals (horses, sheep, chicken..) this is not ideal. The pink pigs were rough on the land too. The IPP's are awesome. They will root a little but in our case I honestly think it is due to heat. We are in south Louisiana and they were born in Missouri. They are genital and very easy to keep in electric fencing. They don't plow through it and don't test it at all.
I do say don't keep them on feed too long as piglets because they are like people in that they will get spoiled to the fatty feed and you will have a period of slow growth as they get use to pasture grasses. I see this as going from rice and gravy to salads.  
1 year ago
I am in a similar boat here in south Louisiana. We have heat waves that stunt grass growth and 'mud months' where the grass is growing or during winter when the grass isn't either way you face the killing of grass caused by heavy hooved animals trampling around in a month long of rain. I have found that my small group of sheep (2) do well on silage. My chicken coops, hog pens and things like that I use mostly trash hay. The horses are the main expense I haven't gotten away from but I am lucky and it really is only a big issue for about 3 months a year.

I have found it amazing how much trash hay is saved but putting tarps under my bale area. I use old metal fire wood stands to put the hay on and put tarps under with the front rolled out to catch what is spilled while handling the hay as it is put out for the horses only a quarter square bale at a time. Any hay with dirt or whatever goes in the trash hay pile.

I am experimenting with silage using my mower and so far is working pretty good, though I am slowly introducing it to my sheep, pigs and chickens. I am not giving it to the horses because there I is a lot of research showing links to colic.
I follow a method detailed in an article I found in Small Farm- a Canadian magazine. The article is very interesting and outlines this mower technique.  
http://smallfarmcanada.ca/2014/making-forage-on-a-very-small-scale/
hope this link works. If not look up the magazine and search Making forage on a (very) small-scale

hope this helps you out
2 years ago
We have a young pair of mixed hair sheep and they are very low maintenance. They are friendly and sweet but nerves. I rotate them on 4.5 acres with 2 horses, 2 hogs and many many chickens. The hair sheds and I help them along by simply pulling on big chunks that are stuck. It doesn't make as much mess as you would think. it seems to biodegrade as a fast rate or maybe the hogs are eating some. Their poop is good too. small and naturally spread into the soil so not mucking after them. Also they are very happy to stay put unlike goats. As long as they have food they aren't temped to escape. If using electric fence they do need to be trained to it. I have enjoyed them
Wow thanks. This really helps. I am use to hogs and chickens. With them if they aren't growing there is an issue. It has been very hot. I am in south Louisiana so I am sure you are right
I am new to sheep and I currently have 2 mixed hair sheep. A female that is somewhere around 2 yrs old and has never been bred and a young ram that it starting to look grown. His 'man parts' have become very pronounced and his horns are about 2" from the scalp. He got to this point a few weeks back and has seemed to grow since. He is still much smaller than my ewe. I am wondering if this is normal or if there is an issue here. They are on a rotational graze system and he is always eating so I don't think that's the problem. Any advise is welcome