What’ been happening Jasper?

 

004Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. As promised another post from the three bestest maremmas in all the land.  Even though it is the middle of winter, here in the sunny Mangamahu valley, sheep are shorn.  The reasons to do this are:

  • That prelamb shearing increases the ewes’ metabolic rate and they eat more.
  • This can mean increased newborn lamb body weights, less ‘sleepy sicknenss’ in ewes before lambing and fewer newborn lamb deaths in bad weather.
  • These benefits only follow if shorn ewes are provided with extra feed and good shelter.

Our four sheep have lots of grass and shelter in the woolshed yards, so winter shearing is a good idea.

 

Love Nellie, Jasper, and Itai the three bestest maremma in all the land.

Mummy's new toy

Mummy’s new toy

 

 

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10 Responses to What’ been happening Jasper?

  1. that is a good idea with the shearing… what are you doing with the wool? will you sell it or will you use it for yourself? congrats to your mommas new toy! it’s good to have a real fitbit, the fake-bit my momma bought never worked lol.

  2. Your parents know lots about caring for sheep. Once when she visited a farm, Mom called a goat a sheep. It’s like she’s from Mars! Get some rest, doggies. Moms with FitBits like to take lots of walks. Lots and LOTS of walks. Trust me. I KNOW this!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  3. fredrieka says:

    busy time of year

  4. Do you ever weary of the babies? Mama loves sheep, but she doesn’t have to care for them…..

  5. corkscot says:

    I have a Fitbit Zip. It becomes a challenge everyday to maintain your steps. I have been using a pedometer for the last 25 years. The Zip is much more reliable. Most of the people in my group have dropped out. I might be too competitve for them. I have racked up over 5,600,000 steps since getting my Zip on Dec. 7, 2015.

  6. What do you do with the wool?

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  7. Kismet says:

    You mean plucking all my feathers results in better eggs?

  8. Two French Bulldogs says:

    You can make stuff with that wool. Like a stuffie
    Lily & Edward

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