All About Sheep!
We currently have six sheep at the farm who are all Katahdin or Katahdin cross. Katahdin/Dorper sheep are a hair sheep breed commonly kept for meat in the United States. We currently have 4 Katahdin/Dorper ewes (female), one little ram (male), and 1 Hampshire/Dorper lamb. Learn more about our flock below.
Meet the Flock!
Birthday: September 14, 2020
Miss Cotton is one of our Katahdin/Dorper cross females. Our favorite little farmhand, Gemma, insisted on her being named, Cotton, despite her black and white coat.
Cotton came to live with us with our twins, Trixie and Pixie, when she was four months old. These girls had a rough start at first, but are now happy, healthy sheep. Cotton is still pretty shy, but growing in confidence everyday.
You will most likely find cotton snacking in the barn with her friend, Trixie, or laying in the sunshine.
Birthday: October 14, 2020
Trixie is also a Katahdin/Dorper cross and the twin sister of, Pixie. She is all black except for her white tail.
Trixie is the shyest of the sheep herd and requires daily quality time to work on her social skills. When she arrived at three months old, she had never been handled and was very frighted by people. Over the past few months, we have finally been able to pet Trixie and she is growing to love the attention of her daily visitors.
Miss Trixie will most likely be snacking in the barn or laying in the sunshine people watching during your visit to the farm!
Birthday: October 14, 2020
Pixie is a Katahdin/Dorper cross and the twin sister of, Trixie. She was named because of her small “pixie dust” spots on her back, head, and tail! She was also one of our first medical rescues.
Pixie has come a long way since she arrived as a very ill three-month-old baby lamb. She was completely infested with parasites and hoof rot. It took two months of round-the-clock medicine, electrolyte bottles, grooming, and a little hug therapy. Her hooves still have a little ways to go, but she now as a clean bill of health!
Miss Pixie loves all the attention she received during her months in quarantine and cannot wait to see her fans when we are open.
Birthday: January 12, 2019
Ruth is our leader of the sheep flock. She is the oldest and everyone naturally follows her. She stands out as our only all white sheep.
Stella was our first sheep at the farm. She was purchased from a meat farm and will now live her life out as our matriarch. She was quite skittish when she arrived, but now has no feat and loves all of the attention she gets from her visitors. Stella’s favorite part of the day is when all of the sheep are let out during the week to eat the grass and run the property.
This very food-motivated girl will be climbing the gate to get her head up over the fence for snacks when you visit!
Birthday: December 1, 2020
Miss Ruth was our first bottle baby at the farm and came to live with us when she was just three days old. She is completely spoiled rotten and has a special place in our hearts. She is a Dorper/Hampshire cross, which makes her our only wool sheep.
Ruth was only 12 pounds when she first arrived and needed a bottle every few hours. She got to live in the house with us and had to wear a sweater outside so she didn’t get too cold. After a small adjustment period, she has now moved outside and will soon be our largest sheep as most weigh around 250 pounds as adults.
Miss Ruth will be front and center when you visit waiting to greet her adoring fans!
Birthday: December 29, 2020
Scotty is our ram at the farm and is a pure Katahdin. He has been quit the challenge as one of our bottle baby rescues and is a fan favorite at the farm.
Weighing just 8 pounds when he arrived, Ruth quickly towered over Scotty. Scotty stayed inside much longer than Ruth and had quite a hard time adjusting to life as a sheep. He was very depressed when he first moved outside, so we spoiled him with some extra bottles of water and let him move outside at his own pace.
After finally getting him moved outside full time, Scotty broke his shoulder and was quarantined back inside again. Even though he has made a full recovery (yes, we have had multiple X-rays to confirm) he still sometimes limps around the pen when people are visiting. As long as no one is watching, he has a clean bill of health!
Our adult goats eat Purina Sheep & Lamb Show feed. We offer our sheep grain once a day and they have access to Costal Hay all day. During the week when we are closed, we let our sheep out to have access to the grass and clovers which are some of their favorite snacks!
Sheep need a variety of minerals and supplements provided to them on top of their regular diet. Sheep need access to loose minerals without copper, unlike goats who must have copper. Sheep also need loose baking soda and salt licks. Sheep use the baking soda to settle their stomachs, similar to an antacid for humans.
We have a veterinany care plan for all of our animals following the USDA guidelines. We have a daily observation checklist for the sheep every morning. They are on a yearly vaccine schedule and bi-monthy deworming schedule. All of our sheep are seen by a vet every 6 months for a checkup and periodically as needed to keep them happy and healthy.
1. A group of sheep is called a flock. A female sheep is called an ewe. A male sheep is called a ram. A baby sheep is called a lamb
2. Sheep have rectangular pupils and a 270-320 degree field of vision. This means that they can see almost everything around them without having to turn their head.
3. Sheep have an excellent sense of smell.
4. There are over 1000 sheep breeds worldwide and 1 billion in the world.
5. Sheep are very emotional animals and experience a wide range of emotions like humans.
6. Sheep have a groove in their upper lip that divides it in half. This is called the philtrum. This allows them to select the leaves and grass they like.
7. Sheep are highly social and form close bonds with their flock.
8. Sheep can recognize human faces.
9. Sheep do no have teeth in their upper front jaw. Instead, they have a hard upper palate.
10. Sheep are ruminant animals. They have a four-chambered stomach that consists of the rumen, the reticulum, the omasum, and the abomasum.