This is our keeper flock of 2018 ewe lambs. As you can see we have white, black AND the highly desirable Badger/Calico color present in our flock. We are excited to see what these girls produce in 2019. These girls were bred at 8 months to our new ram, Ugly Dogs Farm Willard LeDuke, a very handsome white ram that we are very excited to use and see what we get out of him.
Ewes on alert
This is our band of brood ewes as well as our Black Ram, Randy on the right. These girls spent the entire summer and fall rotationally grazing 8 acres of clover and festolium mix on a pasture we just got established for them. These girls are a grazing machine and are respectful of the temporary electric fence.
The new girls and Willard
Every year I work closely with one of the best Border Cheviot breeders in the USA to add quality ewes and outcross rams to my flock. Once again Ugly Dogs Farm has produced some Border Cheviots and I was so pleased to add as a new ram, a smiling Ugly Dogs Farm Willard LeDuke as well as three new ewe lambs to add to our flock. Look for Willards lambs come April 2019.
With record rainfall this year we were blessed to have our ewes on full pasture for a solid 5 months. These girls spent their days grazing thick green grass in the sunshine. Our farm is committed to regenerative agriculture and we are proud to use our Cheviot flock to tend to the soil. Happy sheep+sunshine+green grass= happy wool!
Girls heading home
At the end of the grazing season our girls head back to the home farm to spend the wet muddy winter months in the barn, safe and dry. Our first lambs should be arriving mid February and this allows us to feed the girls more in anticipation of their lambs, rest our pastures for a quick return to grazing come spring and allow us to shear and do a full check up on the whole flock.
Shearing the ewes
Shearing and lambing time come hand in hand. Ewes are sheared one month prior to lambing to promote health and vigor in the lambs and ensure that we can see how ewes are progressing. Fleeces and yarn are available in multiple colors of white, black and grey.
"Husband" our foundation ram
This is “Husband” our original and very true to breed type foundation stud. We used him on our flock for many years and were very sad to see him go when we had exhausted our breeding options. His legacy still loves on in his descendents with those lovely Border Cheviot heads, hardiness and parasite resistance.
As a full time sheep shearer I have seen what can happen when Wormer medications are over used on sheep farms. That is why our breeding program has dedicated itself to positive FAMACA scores and is actively breeding and selecting for hardiness, parasite resistance and ability to forage. We rely on a two strike system, knowing that 80 percent of your parasite problem is caused by 20 percent of your flock. In a fully mature ewe we will worm them once in a summer/fall cycle. Twice and you are culled. You can be sure you are getting only the healthiest animals that will preform well on grass based systems utilizing proper field rotation.