Rebecca Norman wrote:
Faber vanmolkot wrote:Rebecca Norman,
What kind of plates/trays do You use?
I use random plates and trays from around my house. I bought several large tea trays to use under flowerpots on windowsills in winter, and for drying food in late summer.
To keep flies off, I use a tiny tent meant to keep bugs off a baby outdoors, or various screens from the kitchen. Maybe this summer I will build a nice enclosed cabinet with mesh sides and shelves for drying things, but for most items I expect I will continue to start them on trays inside the cabinet.
Amanda Parker wrote:I am raising dairy sheep right now and I love it! I have several east friesian ewes and some Finnsheep ewes who are also known to be quite milky. My ran is a Finnsheep/friesian cross. I did it because I raised goats when I was younger and im just not a fan. I am also a spinner, Weaver, felter, and knitter so I really wanted an animal that could pull double duty. They actually pull triple duty as I get milk, wool and meat ;) from ram lambs that we don't need or cull.
I wouldn't go back to goats for anything. I love the taste of the milk and the wonderful cheeses I make. Their wool is beautiful and provides an extra source of income for us. And sheep are much easier to care for than goats in my opinion.
I did have trouble finding breeding stock as well. I had to have my babies transported from the Midwest and I paid about 400 per ewe lamb. The Finn's were much cheaper. ...
I think your set up will do fine if you do rotational grazing but you will need a place for your ram unless you choose to keep him with the flock, I don't because I don't like not knowing when lambs are due. Just be diligent with parasite checks and field hygiene. Small acreage can be bad for parasites as they tend to build up.
Best of luck with your dairy flock!!!
-Magnolia Knoll Farm and Fiber