Pictures of Katahdin Sheep
We’ve been raising sheep at the Ten Mile Farm and Market since 2007. We started out flock with one Ram and Nine Ewes. The Ram was quite the stud and it took only one year to triple the number from ten to thirty with every girl delivering twins. That first year we had some tragedy too. We lost a few sheep, one to a stray dog that dug under the fence, another one drown in the pond. But overall we had a nice healthy flock. We maintained the number of sheep right around thirty by harvesting lambs for the local markets.
In 2011, the state of Texas was having a bad drought. I made a logistical error waiting too long to order hay for the winter. The problem was that all the regular suppliers of hay were selling to cattle ranches in Texas. I literally could not buy hay. Even my neighbors had already contracted all their surplus to be sold in Texas.
I had no choice, I had to thin my flock. I sold all the sheep except one Ram, Andy, and Two Ewes, Golda and Brownie. Every sheep I have now are offspring from those two girls and Andy. This year Golda and Brownie are retiring. I’ll be getting four new Ewes in August and we’ll start the process again.
Winter is a tough time for the girls. They love to forage, but there isn’t much to find when the ground is covered with snow. Every day I take a bucket of cracked corn and sweet feed to a trough. When the girls see me they come running. I call the sweet feed “sheep crack” because they just can’t get enough of it.
We also make sure they have plenty of hay in the winter. Good fresh Bermuda is their favorite, although they do like Fescue also.
They pretty much roam the farm unless it’s raining. They prefer to hang out in the barn or up against out buildings to stay dry.
The gallery below features Golda. We have had Golda for eight years and she has delivered twins every year. She has been a great mom. These two are going to be her last delivery. We are retiring Golda after we wean this year’s twins. We have arranged to trade her for a couple of young pigs. The farmer we are trading with wants to have her for keeping his grass down. So she’ll enjoy a nice retirement literally out to pasture.