No Deworming, No Hoof Trimming, No Shearing
All stock are broke to electric fence. Both the sheep and the goats are accustomed to livestock guardian dogs as well as guard donkeys and often are managed in the same pasture with the cattle in a “flerd”.
This is your opportunity to start a highly profitable small ruminant enterprise without all the issues and work that typically goes with such an enterprise. When you start with Real World Grazing Ruminants (RWGR) you eliminate time consuming and back breaking work like deworming, hoof trimming, and shearing.
Our small ruminant philosophy is simple: low-input, no deworming, no foot trimming, easy keeping, pasture improving stock that benefit and enhance our cattle and land enterprises. For those who don’t know-hair sheep require no shearing, they shed naturally! The goats, love brush, black locust trees, multi-flora rose bushes and poison ivy. Rotated with the cattle to optimize utilization of all of the natural resources available on our land, small ruminants allow us to utilize multi-species grazing to promote better pasture management and natural fertilization.
Our hair sheep are primarily a cross between Katahdin and Florida Cracker. The resulting cross is a "Painted Desert". They are thick, easy fleshing, and great mothers. On top of these traits, our primary selection pressure has been for extreme parasite resistance (we never worm) and good feet.
The sheep and goats in the sale were born May 2018. They will be ready to breed by December 1 2018 to give birth May 2019.
No. We do not worm or trim the hooves of any of our sheep and goats. Over many years we have carefully selected animals that have good feet and are parasite resistant.
They will be ready to breed by December 1, 2018 to give birth May 2019. We breed all of our young lambs and doelings to birth on their first birthday. While some producers prefer to wait a year we feel this is an unnecessary waste in production.
Brush and Grass. We don't supplement our young stock in any way. We leave our young females with the herd year round. Because we breed in December and sheep and goats are short day breeders we have fantastic conception rates on all our stock (including first time does and ewes) without any supplementation.
Our goats are primarily Kiko/Spanish/Texmaster cross. We have not selected for any one breed. Instead we have focussed selection pressure on parasite resistance, good feet, mothering ability, and thickness. We are quite pleased with the results.
No, we offer a variety of stay at home options. If you are a new customer a deposit is required to purchase animals if you are not in attendance at the sale. If you are a returning customer, no deposit is necessary. Just give us a call to discuss stay at home options.
Well it depends. If you intend to add them to an existing cattle enterprise we recommend a stocking rate of 1 sheep or goat per cow. If you are using sheep or goats as a main enterprise on a farm we recommend starting at 1-2 per acre depending on the quality of the land. Both of these rates assume you will be rotationally grazing the sheep and goats.
We recommend using electric fencing either as a stand off from existing fences or 3-4 wires standalone as a new interior fence. To learn more about fencing for sheep and goats click here
We have found well trained dogs and donkeys to be effective for predator protection. We recommend using at least 2 dogs plus a donkey if possible. We offer livestock guardian dog puppies in the sale sired by our own guardian dogs and raised with the flock.