The grass on our property is getting a bit out of control. We originally bought sheep to take care of the grass and blackberries. They do OK at the blackberries, but they need a little help every now and then.
I help the sheep with the blackberries by cutting them back every few weeks to keep thing under control. As for the grass, we just don’t have enough eating power with the number of sheep that we have. Sure, they eat, but the grass simply grows too fast and our sheep don’t eat enough.
When we discussed what we wanted to do with our sheep, we wanted them to control vegetation on our property as the primary thing. We would like to mess around with wool, but that isn’t a primary goal. Eventually, many of the sheep will end up as dinner. They aren’t a particularly large breed of sheep, but we don’t eat a large amount of meat, so it will work out well for us. We’ve also discussed selling our sheep for meat. I don’t really want to be in the breeding business for the purpose of purebred lambs, but we could certainly sell some lambs for meat
We found some sheep for sale on Craigslist that weren’t too far from here. They were another small breed (Shetland) and it’s a breed that produces a nice wool. The price was right and we need more lawn mowing power, so we bought four more ewes. That brings our flock up to 9 sheep total. 2 rams, 6 ewes and a whether… or at least I hope that I successfully whethered him, but I think I just got one.
I’ll post pictures at some point. I should really go around and take pictures soon, Things are progressing here and I should post more pictures.
I feel like my favorite sister-in-law, Rachel. I remember when she came to stay with us for a bit, we used to stay up late and play ‘Settlers of Catan’. Rachel would always collect sheep and then trade her sheep for everything else she needed in the game. In any case, she always ended up with more and more sheep and she conducted all of her business by trading sheep. We seem to be following Rachel’s strategy. Just wait and we will take over the world with our sheep.