Sheep for meat and dairy

  • MaBear

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    September 11, 2022 at 1:07 am

    I have 1 Katadyn ewe. Looking for a ram to breed her.

    In Oregon.

  • Donna-Geoff

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    September 12, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    We are getting sheep soon. Looking by at Babydoll sheep. Just purchased the electronic, movable fencing so we can graze them. We have 20 acres and most all other barnyard animals. But I want lamb!!!!! Yum!!

    • Heritage_Groves_Farm

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      September 12, 2022 at 8:42 pm

      baby doll are very cute Ive never raised them I have Florida crackers Awassi and east Fresian I was only meat and now I’m turning more to dairy. I cant have a cow and not a fan of goat milk. Sheep milk is fantastic!

      • Donna-Geoff

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        September 13, 2022 at 12:58 am

        Interesting. Would like to know more about the Fl Crackers. We’re in Polk

      • Heritage_Groves_Farm

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        September 13, 2022 at 3:36 am

        Florida Cracker were brought here by the Spanish over 500 year ago. Over time they have become a landrace breed that has lived through our parasite heavy tropics and wild life. Being landrace they will have different wool types, lengths, colors, textures. They are a fairly small meat breed but still worth it. Unfortunately, in my opinion, they are trying to standardize them. The crackers I have had havent had to be wormed never had hoof issues rarely had a delivery problem. Over all a fantastic sheep for Florida or the south where you have heavy parasites. Yes you will have to shear them. but they are worth it. The only lack in their milk production being meat sheep. These are a critically endangered breed

      • Heritage_Groves_Farm

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        September 14, 2022 at 2:37 am

        These were some of my Florida crackers They are great mommas

      • Donna-Geoff

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        September 15, 2022 at 7:49 am

        I am not interested in the milk as we already gave milk goats and a dairy cow . But I DO want lamb for meat. Are crackers the way to go? Or what are your thoughts on best breed for Florida for meat? I gave a lot to learn on sheep.

      • Heritage_Groves_Farm

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        September 15, 2022 at 8:05 pm

        Crackers are a meat sheep. they are parasite resistant etc. They are great for Florida being a breed developed over time here. Some go with katadin because they dont have to be sheared and they say the meat is not as “gamey” but that isnt true. The meat is delicious from crackers. Like with everything what you feed etc will make a difference. I recommend this breed for ease of raising and care for a meat sheep

      • Donna-Geoff

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        September 16, 2022 at 12:11 am

        I’m a Cracker from way back. That’s where I’d love to start for anything. Do you sell breeding pairs or know who might? In Polk County.

      • Heritage_Groves_Farm

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        September 16, 2022 at 4:08 am

        We dont have any breeding pairs available at the moment. Face book has a florida cracker page where you could check. if you arent on fb I can give you some names of trusted sellers

      • Donna-Geoff

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        September 17, 2022 at 10:19 am

        I joined a couple FB groups to see what I could see. Not much so far on purchasing reputable breeding pairs. If you could provide a lead, that would be very appreciated. Thank you!

      • Heritage_Groves_Farm

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        September 28, 2022 at 2:29 am

        I will send you info

      • Hanidu-Acres

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        September 14, 2022 at 3:04 am

        Us too. We’re not ready for sheep yet…

      • Tamrock

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        September 16, 2022 at 2:20 am

        Really, sheep milk 🤔. I’m on 1/2 acre. And desperate to learn. I thought I wanted goats for the longest, but now I dream of sheep

      • Heritage_Groves_Farm

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        September 16, 2022 at 4:10 am

        I started with wanting goats but never went with them after I smelled the males lol I am so happy I went with sheep!

  • Jason-REF

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    September 12, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    First year. Got 4 Katahdin. Willamette valley OR.

    rotating them around ~5 acres.

  • Bullit

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    September 14, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    NE Kansas here. We’re building our sheep paddocks now and hoping to be ready for our breeding pair of Rambouillet/Katahdin cross sheep in the coming weeks leading up to the Midwest Preparedness Project Fall Festival that’s coming up in 2 weeks.

    I’ve been documenting the journey on our Youtube channel: Nowhere Homesteady.

    Part 1: https://bit.ly/3LfBy9X

    Part 2: https://bit.ly/3BEmHTq

    Part 3: in post right now and hoping to have it done/posted soon.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 9 months ago by  Bullit.
  • GardenGrub

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    September 14, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    We have dairy sheep (also good for meat). LOVE THEM!

    Sheep milk is very tasty, kind of like good Jersey cow milk but a touch sweeter and naturally homogenized. One cup has 15 grams of protein.

    • Heritage_Groves_Farm

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      September 14, 2022 at 10:40 pm

      Sheep milk is the best soooo good

    • planter-pastor

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      September 18, 2022 at 9:19 pm

      Interesting. What breeds are good for dairy?

      • Heritage_Groves_Farm

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        September 19, 2022 at 4:15 am

        most use East Friesian, or Lacaune, or a cross of. Awassi is good just hard to get in the us, a cross of awassi and east friesian is called assef which are said to be good. but others will do some milk Jacobs some katahdin some clun

      • planter-pastor

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        September 19, 2022 at 7:20 pm

        Thanks for the info

  • Mountain_Heart_Homestead

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    September 16, 2022 at 2:16 am

    We don’t currently have sheep, but are strongly considering Dorper, and starting with a breeding pair early next year. Leaning that way because they are supposed to be resilient and excellent foragers.

  • Stpdsteve

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    September 16, 2022 at 2:28 am

    Love my sheep. I started with Jacob sheep, but having a problem finding a sheep Shearer. So found the Barbados black belly sheep. I decided to breed my two favorite sheep. and got my first cross bred lamps this year. All of them came out hair sheep. Very happy.

    • Heritage_Groves_Farm

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      September 16, 2022 at 4:15 am

      Ive never had Jacobs but think they are a cool looking sheep. Did you cross the jacobs with the black bellies?

      • Stpdsteve

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        September 16, 2022 at 3:26 pm

        Yes, I crossed the Jacobs and the black belly. They came out mostly black with some white. I’m waiting to see what body type they grow into. Both breeds are excellent foragers.

      • Heritage_Groves_Farm

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        September 16, 2022 at 8:59 pm

        nice always good in these times to be great foragers. That is one of the great things about florida crackers they excellent foragers too. It will be interesting to see how your mix works

  • Mmoore

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    September 16, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    I am new to sheep. We have one dorper ewe and two katahdin 1 ewe and 1 ram. Right now we have plenty on the land for them to eat, but what about minerals? I do have a salt lick but that’s it. They seem healthy but when I first got the katahdin they started taking in mouthfuls of sand ( I live in a area with blow sand and an under layer of red sandy clay ) ,and I’ve caught the ram licking rusty sheet metal.

    • Stpdsteve

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      September 16, 2022 at 5:16 pm

      I use a mineral Salt Lick safe for sheep. It’s from Redmond salt company. I sometimes give them char and they get some minerals from tree bark as well. they love tree bark

    • Heritage_Groves_Farm

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      September 16, 2022 at 9:16 pm

      I offer loose minerals along with kelp etc I use the book Natural sheep care by pat Coleby for recommendations.

      • Stpdsteve

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        September 16, 2022 at 9:21 pm

        I’ll have to check out that book

      • Mmoore

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        September 17, 2022 at 12:14 am

        I’ve looked into free choice minerals and kelp, but I can’t find a retailer close to me that sell them. I’ve also looked into having it shipped but shipping is pretty high for that much weight. I guess I’ll have to bite the bullet and get it done. That book looks interesting I’ll check it out!

      • Stpdsteve

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        September 17, 2022 at 12:26 am

        That’s one reason I use biochar and tree bark because loose minerals are hard to find here as well and these are things that I can produce here

      • Heritage_Groves_Farm

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        September 17, 2022 at 3:04 am

        I have been able to get my feed store to get some of them. I have ordered my kelp from azure standard luckily they last a while when offered free choice. You do need to make sure that they are in a dry area set up though

  • Stpdsteve

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    September 17, 2022 at 1:06 am

    I really do like the way the four horns look

    • Heritage_Groves_Farm

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      September 17, 2022 at 2:55 am

      They do look pretty cool with all the different horns for sure!

    • planter-pastor

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      September 23, 2022 at 11:16 pm

      Yeah, I like the 4 horns. what breed?

      • Stpdsteve

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        September 24, 2022 at 3:12 am

        It is the Jacob sheep. They usually have two or four horns

  • Heritage_Groves_Farm

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    September 30, 2022 at 2:15 am

    ian has made the ducks happy but the sheep not so much. The sheep are wanting out of the sheep shed but most of the pasture is under water. Hopefully the water will go down quickly.

  • Heritage_Groves_Farm

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    April 27, 2024 at 10:13 pm

    We have been really enjoying our dairy sheep

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