Posted on | April 25, 2010 | 1 Comment
This is a video of a few of us worming the sheep. For those of you who are not familiar with this area – hot, humid, sandy loam soil – you would not know that it is virtually impossible to raise sheep without worming at least a couple times a year. My goal is to worm as little as possible and to breed a resistance to worms into the flock over a period of time – I tried to do that a little to quickly last year and lost a few. After speaking with some old timers in the area, I realize that it’s tough to raise sheep without periodic worming anywhere in the world, but especially in these parts. I do mix in diatomaceous earth into the alfalfa pellets periodically – they say this will decrease worm problems because as it moves through the sheep’s digestive system, it slices and dices the worms! I’m not sure, but I’m trying it. The sheep you see are Katahdin and Katahdin / Dorper crosses. They are meat sheep or sometimes called hair sheep. They really don’t produce any usable wool and they are better suited for hotter climates. They are great lambers, mothers and hearty. By the way, we will be processing four rams next month – if your interested, please let m know.