Monday, September 22, 2014

Tending the flock, bumps bruises and cuts.

I have not posted in a while for lack of my laptop .  It just refuses to connect to the internet.   I am working on this from my smart phone.  Wish me luck.   We have spent the entire weekend gathering and separating sheep.   We spent Friday night separating the sheep on our ranch into four groups.  (Pictures later to come) .   Pour Daniel is beat up from our flock.  They jumped into him ,over him ,under him and around him.  Hair Sheep spring like deer when cornered.   We have our American black belly Barbado ewes and thier ram.   The painted deserts ewes and thier ram and the black Hawaiian ewes and thier ram.  Then we have the bachlor herd.    They were not separated before because of the need for a herding pin and fencing.    We worked on our herd for hours.   Now we have create little family groups that will be easier to care for.    Saturday we spent getting supplies for more fencing and feed for the sheep, deer and the cats .  Then Sunday we drove to Temple to help a friend gather then transport several rams to Auction.  We brought home four more males to grow for about a year and a half.

Matt and Daniel ( these rams  had thier breaks on the whole time)  muscles were required for this job. 

Matt our fellow sheep herder.
 A very honest hard working man and the city of Temple is lucky to have him teaching thier kids. 

These are some good looking fellas.
Black belly Barbado Rams

 Matt and my Daniel . 
Two very tired men.
 They loaded over 20 rams in the heat of the day one at a time.  

These four cuties get to join our bachlor herd for about a year and half. Three Mouflon and a Black Belly Barbado 

Monday, April 28, 2014

The girls

These pretty little things are half blackbelly barbado hair sheep and mouflon sheep, we bought them from a breeder in Nolenville Texas.   We wanted the mouflon genestics but not pure.   Mouflon sheep can be a little high strung.   But they are so beautiful.  These girls eat out of our hand.  

Adopt a donkey???

What do I mean by adopt a donkey?  They  are temperamental, jealous, funny animals that are protective over those in their care and we LOVE ours.     In  Central Texas during our 2011 drought, one of the things that suffered the most were the donkeys.    Not ours, we have a small herd of cows and she was treated as one of them. If they ate she ate.    Allot of country folk had to let their donkeys go on random land as to give the donkey a chance not to starve to death. There were allot of homeless donkeys.    You can  now drive  by some ranches and see 6 or 7 donkeys , and if you did not know why a person would have so many donkeys it is because they saved them from starvation.   Hay in some areas was going for $200 a roll if you could find it, and horse hay for even higher.   Yes the horses suffered also.   I am thankful for the kind people who shared some of their resources and saved an animal that brings in no potential income, because it was the right thing to do.  

This is Danny and our    SWEET... VALENTINE


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