A Labor of Love

    Ranching and or farming is not easy and certainly not for everyone. Add the fact that we are raising one of the toughest livestock to raise, just makes it that much more difficult.  Then add the problems that come with living in the south and we often ask ourselves, why?  Shepherds have a saying among themselves that "sheep like to die". These seeming gentle (for the most part) creatures can find all kinds of ways to get themselves and sometimes us, into trouble. 

    Parasites are one of the biggest concerns  with sheep, especially in the south.  Because of this, we practice pasture rotation. We have 7 rotations that we move are sheep monthly.  With every rotation, each sheep is thoroughy examined for parasites, body conditioning and hoof health. When you are dealing with over 100 sheep, this is no small task.

    This leads us to the discussion of hoof care. We often get extreme rains in our area. Sheep do not have fins, so wet fields can lead to lame sheep. Sores between their cloved toes can develope into hoof rot, if the issue is not addressed. Hoof rot is not only very painful but can eat its way into the bone and the infection can kill the sheep.  So the fields we rotate to have to keep weather conditions in mind. Utilizing higher ground during rainy, wet weather. 


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