ABOUT OUR FARM

Additional Information

 

  • We are located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
  • We have raised Katahdins since 1990.  We chose this breed because they don't need shearing or docking tails.
  • We have around 30 acres of pasture, primarily fescue pasture
  • We use 2 to 3 flock sires each season.
  • We usually breed about 50 ewes each fall.
  • We lamb once a year beginning in mid-February.
  • Our gross lambing percentages have typically ranged around 1.75% to 1.9%.  This year was an aberration and we averaged 2.13%.  
  • We lamb in the barnyard and jug all ewes after they give birth until mothering is firmly established and lambs are observed as healthy and good to go.
  • Ewes with triplets are kept in a separate area to allow less competition at the feed trough.
  • Lambs are fed a small ration of creep until the entire flock gets turned out on pasture.
  • We wean between 90 and 110 days usually.
  • We leave males intact which can present management challenges for pasture space.
  • Lambs are weighed at 
  • birth, 60 days and 120 days, they are vaccinated with C, D, & T, and FAMACHA scored.
  • Lambs are weighted and FAMACHA scores are taken every 2-3 weeks during the summer months to monitor parasite impact/anemia.
  • We have been involved with several research projects working on parasite resistance.
  • We are members of the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) and therefore all the weight data is submitted for Estimated Breeding Values (EBV).
  • Our post-weaning weights are taken sometime between 120 days and 150 days.  Once this weight is taken all lambs are available for sale (minus replacement ewe lambs). 


Sometimes  the best grass is in the yard.
Sometimes the best grass is in the yard.