We have 4 grass-fed sheep all under 18 mo available for processing rams available now, ewes end of July. Whole or half available. 2 rams, 2 ewes. Roughly 40lbs of meat per sheep (but you can also get bones for broth/pets and organ meat. We will take them to Fender 4 Star in Spencer, IN for processing. Processing is $50 per sheep or $25 per half, and not packaged for resale. You can decide how to process your ½ or whole sheep. We can help if you have never had an animal processed. Price is $6/lb hanging weight for rams and $8/lb hanging weight for ewes. You will pay for your processing ½ or whole depending on what you want, payable at time of pick up at Fender, to Fender. Once hanging weight is established, you will pay us for your portion of meat before Fender will release it. Contact us if interested.
Some uploaded videos and photos from Farcebook
This is Jupiter our house lamb. His mother rejected him but kept his twin brother. So, he is being bottle fed, and living inside until he gets big enough to go out on his own.
Goats on one side getting a future pasture ready, Sheep and lambs on the other will be maintenance crew once pasture is ready.
Lambs having fun in the pasture.
Taking a walkabout in the woods
Jack doesn’t care who pets him, hooman or horse
Wee aka Jr Farm boss fell asleep like this.
It has been a while since we posted on the website. We have been super busy and don’t get time to sit down at the computer. So rather than spend a bunch of time writing it all up, here are some pictures and video of what has been going on. We post more regularly on Facebook since it is easier to do out in the field.
This is One of our newest additions Nelly the Nubian. She doesn’t think she is a goat. More like a dog that follows Wee everywhere, even in the house.
Wee got chickens aka The Chickadees that will help keep parasites down in the pasture, spread manure, and give us eggs. She has taken care of them ALL BY HERSELF since they came to the farm.
She also digs worms for and with them.
It must be the WAY you say it. Apparently I don’t say it the right way. Calling in the ewes and lambs.
We were sent this picture of Jack from when he was a puppy.
Getting people food.
We sheared the sheep (1st time for either of us) 23 total
This was a ram I did all alone. I was very proud how it turned out for no training, and 1st season doing it.
We have had 6 baby goats thus far and 2 lambs to date
4 more goats left to kid, and 14 ewes left to lamb.
Lisa surprised us and gave birth in the group stall. We usually like to pull mommies out and have individual areas for them to give birth.
In addition to literally miles of fencing installed we have also been working on earthworks and structure by putting in swales.
Piggies have been busy clearing overgrown pasture and getting it ready for us.
Gytha had spa day where she got hair and nails done.
Now that spring is here we are busy splitting and planting herbs and plants.
Clearing wooded area to make new pastures and collecting locust fence posts and poles for new barns.
All this hard work sometimes wears you you as Jr Farm Boss
But we always remember to have fun
And dance like nobody’s watching.
Aquafest is upon us again. We will be back again this year and bringing some of our farm animals. Pixie our Finn ewe and Blue our Oberhasli milking doe. You can learn more about our animals (and videos) on our animals page. We will be talking about homesteading with sheep and goats, plus all our other animals, and some generals about what we have learned along the way and how you can get started too. We will be on site with the animals so stop on by and ask questions and chat with us. Aquafest is hosted by Aquatic Designs and Supply. Free, kids and family welcome, don’t forget to bring some quarters to feed the koi, they sure do love Aquafest, they eat VERY well during the event.
If you have been following us lately we have been adding numerous animals to our farm. Here is what we have to date. Most we want on pasture eating grass. But we do give them salt blocks and the treats to give additional nutrients not found in grass alone. This treats is a feed mix we make ourselves, but the same basic mix is put together and everyone can eat it. This is our first year doing this, so it is an experiment. After three months everyone seems to be doing well on it. We plan on experimenting with different mixes and combinations and as we learn more and refine the mix we will update everyone.
Why one mix? It lowers costs if animals cannot get out to pasture, or as a supplement to grass. If we didn’t give them the treats, they would me much harder to manage. We make sure, we show them the feed can, and shake it. We can get the llamas to come in from across the pasture, with just the can shaking. This is in no way the bulk of their diets. A coffee can 1/2 full to full for each species once a day if they get out on pasture, and twice a day if they are unable to forage.
It also reduces the risk of someone getting sick because they got the wrong feed mix. Since our youngest feeds animals regularly (5), and we have guests, and family help if they want to there are no accidents of giving an animal the wrong feed. Everyone can eat the base mix, and no additions can hurt anyone. Some species cannot tolerate certain feeds/supplements as easily as others.
What is in our feed mix?
Rather than give you all the nutritional details, I will like to a site which has them all for each component. Feedipedia is a AWESOME site.
Base which is given to turkeys, ducks, chickens for meat, geese, and chickens for eggs. It can also be given to the other animals as is, but they like a little extra in the mix. We purposely left soy out of the mix for now. Yes it is a big source of protein if growing animals for meat, we know. The base also is easily spread using a hand broadcast seeder. This allows the birds space to eat, increases foraging skills, and there is no fighting over the feed bucket/pile.
1 part black oil sunflower seeds. BOSS 16.6g protein 28.7 MJ/kg energy
2 parts cracked corn 9.4g protein 18.7 MJ/kg energy
2 parts oats 11.0g protein 19.5 MJ/kg energy
Averaging 11.5 g protein and 21.02 MJ/kg energy
Laying birds (ducks, chickens, turkeys, geese) get fee offering (as much as they want) crushed oyster shells. They are also on open pasture/area daily so bugs, worms, grass, weeds whatever they find.
For the pigs, goats, sheep, and llamas they get
2 parts base mix 11.5 g protein 21.02 MJ/kg energy
1 part alfalfa pellets 18.2 g protein 18.2 MJ/kg energy
They also get salt blocks, llamas are on pasture daily, pigs get regular grass until pig area completed, and goats and sheep get free hay and pasture almost daily.
Rabbits are on pasture daily, and get supplement rabbit pellets. We are experimenting with different combinations for the rabbits.
- Some things we learned, goats and sheep love rabbit pellets.
- The pigs prefer grass to feed mix.
- Rabbits who are raised on pasture from birth, eat far less pellets but take a bit longer to reach butcher weight.
- Everyone eats mulberry leaves/young branches, all birds love the berries.
Some things we are hoping to experiment in the next year or years.
- mulberry as an alternative feed
- using mulberry to feed silkworms, harvest silk, worms are protein source
- Black soldier fly larvae
- Comfrey as a mineral replacement
- locally sourced nuts as feeds
- Different plant based proteins in the pastures such as cowpea, vetch,
- rose of sharon
- More experimenting with the Fedipedia information
- spent brewery grains