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SHEPHERD’S HOLIDAY

22 Nov
November 22, 2016
Lamb Cooking Demonstrations and wine tasting...

Lamb Cooking Demonstrations and wine tasting…

 

Don’t Miss the Shepherd’s Holiday!

Enjoy lamb cooking demos from Chef Virgil Emmert, wine tasting (from Sovereign Estates), and sheep cheese samples (from Shepherd’s Way Farm) at the Celebrate Lamb Social, Friday, Dec. 2 at the Oak Ridge Conference Center.

Saturday, Dec. 3 includes a full day of educational seminars (and updated agenda found on this site), the Make It With Wool contest and fashion show, Silver Bell Awards luncheon, and annual banquet and fundraiser auction.

Reserve your room by calling 877-874-6772. For more information contact MLWPA Secretary, Jeremy Geske at jeremy.geske@gmail.com

Refer to index bar at right on this page under SHEPHERD’s HOLIDAY to reveiw a complete conference agenda.

 

 

Fall Management Considerations

17 Oct
October 17, 2016
  • Lambing in January?
    • Time to pull the rams out?
    • Time to give the ewes their mid-gestation booster shot?
  • Lambing in Spring?
    • How are the rams looking?
    • Have they been sheared and are the feet trimmed?
    • Are they in good condition or should you up their feed quantity or quality a little before you put them to work?
  • Hay tends to lose its vitamins after a few months.  Adding a vitamin mix to your ewe ration this time of year can have good results.
  • Feeds you might not think of feeding your sheep but that they’ll probably love
    • Windfall apples – many days in the fall our ewes get 10-12 apples each
    • Waste pumpkins and squash.  Throw the ones you can’t use in the sheep pen so they break up.  Pretty soon the sheep will be breaking them up.

 

Summer is in full swing

30 Jun
June 30, 2016

First crop hay is under our belt and many are already starting the second cut thanks to the rains some have received. Lambs are being marketed and most ewe flocks are on pasture resting up before the rams are turned in. The show season is well under way and the kids are working on their 4-H sheep projects.  Be sure to offer a helping hand to these young shepherds not only showing their sheep, but educating them on the care, feeding and healthcare of their projects. Let’s help our future shepherds get started on the right foot!

Happy New Year from MLWPA!

08 Jan
January 8, 2013

Fortunately the Mayans were wrong and we are still here tending to our sheep. My 2013 lambing season began a week early. The ewe developed pregnancy toxemia, went down and consumed little feed. Her water bag was out 7 days before her due date, and in her weakened state I had to pull both lambs. Despite my best efforts, it didn’t turn out well. Some of my more positive shepherding friends have pointed out that since these lambs were technically born in 2012, I should proclaim that the 2012 lambing season ended poorly, and look for the 2013 lambing season to begin successfully when my next ewe lambs (due Jan. 14).

In the spirit of positivity (especially now that Congress has “saved us from the fiscal cliff”[insert sarcastic tone here]), I will look forward to better lamb prices for 2013, and strong demand for quality breeding stock. Perhaps more importantly to all of our bottom lines is a good crop year to take some pressure off of feed prices. I don’t know about you, but it seems like the more expensive hay gets, the more of it my sheep eat…

Wishing all of you the best of luck in the upcoming lambing season. (As always, the MLWPA board welcomes and encourages your input on how we can better serve MN’s sheep industry.)