Bonding between a ewe and her lamb(s) takes only a few minutes. After this she will not take a lamb that smells differently.
The day you are offered an orphan lamb or kid to rear for school pet day - you have to be very hard hearted.
When a ewe is preparing to lamb, she’ll try to find a quiet spot for a birth site.
Before you get the rings out to castrate your lambs this Spring, decide if it’s a wise move to turn them into wethers.
New Zealand is well advanced in slaughter practices in all meat works, where cattle, sheep, goats and pigs are electrically stunned before their throats are cut severing the carotid arteries.
A ram has two jobs. He has to get ALL the ewes pregnant, and then improve the next generation of the flock via his offspring.
Lifestyle blocks are unfortunately a great place to find sheep decorated with dags.
Natural coloured fleece is sought after by handspinners, but the quality has to be right.
A few hours before lambing, a ewe will move away from the main flock to find a quiet birth site.
If you get things wrong, you’ll end up with poor weaners that will be poor hoggets, and these in turn will make poor-performing ewes over their lifetime.
Sheep are ruminants – and they start eating pasture from about a week old. They are efficient ruminants by about a month old.
Every year, usually after the holidays in February and sometimes later, the owner of a lifestyle block with a small flock of sheep will realise that it’s that time of the year again.
Occupational Safety and Health Service (OSH) now recommends that sheep are fasted prior to shearing