On the one warm day during the second week of January my friend Connie and I drove 11 miles to pick up my first three sheep. She helped me herd them into a small fenced in area around a lean to. I'll leave them there for a week or so until they calm down and get used to the place. After that I'll let them on pasture during the day and bring them back in at night. This will keep them safe from predators.
They are Katadin hair sheep. This means they don't have wool, they shed. Katadin are a hardy bred and popular in the area. The three ewes (females) are pregnant (hopefully) and due in the Spring. They are my sheep starter kit.
The sheep are skittish. I'm spending time and giving treats to attempt to tame them. I want to be able to move them around the farm as my lawnmowers this summer. Therefore, I need them to trust me and maybe even halter train them.
They have ear tags with numbers 1, 2 & 3. Therefore, I'll name them uno, dos and tres. The three amigas.
I plan to grow the flock over the upcoming years. This year I'm planning a new barn for hay storage, livestock and new woven fencing around it. In 2025 I'll pasture ten acres of tillable land.
I want to move my farm towards a regenerative approach. Rotational grazing can help build the soil and offers more habitat for birds. Sheep are part of that goal.
I've named my farm Bluestem Springs Farm. You can check out more at my website:
They are a little nervous and the horses are afraid of them. LOL