42 minutes | Jan 25th 2021

Ep 099 The Dally's Part 2: My Favorite Martin

Have you ever delved into logistics?  We haven’t much either (except for a required course for a BS in Business, which involved a lot of spreadsheets, chaos theory, and 42 reams of paper).  The parts and pieces of how to get the things we need where we need them isn’t something we think about a lot  – until it actually matters to us.  But in agriculture, the process of logistics is critical, and it starts with the animal itself.  The best supply chain in the world isn’t going to help you much if the thing you’re supplying doesn’t fit the needs of the consumer.  It’s a long-term commitment when you raise animals, and getting said critter from the birth stage to the end product is sometimes the simpler part of the equation.  Today, we have Part 2 of our podcast from Shepherd’s Lane farm in Lebanon, Oregon.  , surrounded by multitudes of little wooly gray bodies, and talked with us about his Gotlands, sheep in general, and the intricate dance that is necessary to maintain genetic lines that produce something marketable, and not just pretty.  Or hardy.  Or pest and disease resistant.  Or productive.  Or true to breed requirements.  Or…well, we won’t go on, but there’s a ton of stuff to consider when breeding sheep, before you ever get to the feed and manure part (And you thought farming was just about feeding and caring for the little guys).  We then move out to the green, green grass of the side pasture, where Joy showed off her herding skills, though maybe the Border Collies were doing some work, too.  All that gorgeous gray shining in the sunlight was a beautiful thing to see, so we’re going to put a video up on YouTube for you on this one. Stay tuned for our next visit with the Dallys - lambing season on Shepherd’s Lane for the Valais Blacknose project (new home of the amazingly cute panda muppet sheep).  We’ll find out if the world IS black and white, and not just shades of gray.  We do love those little curly charcoal-colored Gotlands though, so we hope it’s both.Links:https://www.shepherdslane.com/thedallyshttps://www.etsy.com/shop/shepherdslanehttp://www.toprams.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/agriCulturePodcast)
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