Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Most years we keep the flock on irrigated pasture until fall when they are trailed to alfalfa fields to graze the alfalfa stubble. This is beneficial to our flock as well as to the farmers who fields we are grazing. Sheep grazing significantly reduces the weevils and aphids that are so detrimental to the spring alfalfa crop. Most years we can keep the flock on the stubble until well into December, and even longer if we don’t have heavy snow or cold.
Having the ability to graze that long into the fall allows us to sell our lamb crop later in the year than many area ranches. We are shifting our production from feeder lambs to a medium framed grass feed finished lamb.
We decided to move the sheep across one of our pastures and up past our dry land to a neighbors fallow grain field that had grass and mustard growing. We also thought the move across our own land would be a good way to break in the young lambs for the larger move to the new field.