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The Sheep Show podcast
49 minutes | 18 days ago
Doing dairy with Becca from Hidden Hollow, Idaho - raising and milking dairy sheep
Ever though about milking sheep? Join Becca from Hidden Hollow Idaho to learn about raising dairy sheep, milking sheep and making sheep cheese!! Yum!In this episode we explore:What breed of sheep is good for milking? Why have a sheep dairy? What are the benefits and key dairy products that are in demand? Where do you start if you wanted to breed and milk dairy sheep? What are the sheep health challenges when breeding and milking sheep?How different is it to dairy cows? Do you take the lambs of the sheep? How do you raise the lambs if you do? How long to the sheep milk for? Can they get pregnant when they are still lactating? How do you keep condition on the ewe? What do you need to feed them? How long does a dairy ewe live/breed for? Do you use a different breed ram if so what breed do you use? What is the process like for the actual milking? What infrastructure do you need for a sheep dairy ?What are the local regulations or compliance requirements? What happens the milk to make it into cheese or pasteurize the milk? What quantity of sheep do you have to milk to make it a viable commercial business? What is your route to market? How might you market your milk and cheese? Where do you sell to/or plan to sell to? What advice would you have for someone interested in setting up a sheep dairy?
59 minutes | a month ago
Digging into sheep breeding with Doug Deppeler - what you learn after breeding sheep for 50 years!
Doug Deppeler from Deppeler Suffolks Derrinallum, Victoria, has been breeding sheep for 50 years. His sheep are highly regarded in the industry. He has won interbreed champions at several major shows and won a prestigious prize in 2020 with champion lamb at the Rona Show! In this episode Doug shares the secrets to his breeding success!Doug and I explore the following:Why should we focus on quality breeding? What does it do for a sheep enterprise and the industry at large? What are the benefits of breeding sheep with good attributes? What does mean for food and fibre production?How do you determine your breed objectives?Can you explain selection differential to us?How do you select a good sire when it is a ram lamb? How do you breed for certain characteristics for example hindquarter, what might you use to make that breeding decision? What do you decide on first, genotype or phenotype when you are making breeding decisions? How do you select elite ewes? How early can you select them? What makes the biggest difference in a breeding enterprise? What about line breeding? What is it to you? What do you think works/what works for you, what doesn’t? What is structural correctness and why is this important when breeding sheep?What are the challenges with breeding and culling on structural correctness?How to measure balance in a sheep? Judging a quality sheep in an objective wayUsing natural supplements for your sheepHow to boost growth rate in your sheep with minimum inputs?
23 minutes | a month ago
Jumping for joining - how to have a successful ewe joining season
Should I join my young ewes? How can increase my lambing percentages? How do I manage my joining better to get better results. What are the pros and cons of joining maiden ewes? What percentage of rams should I use with my ewes? We explore all things joining in this episode - Happy joining!
27 minutes | a month ago
All things weird and wonderful - defects in lambs and sheep
What is the weirdest thing you have ever come across in your flock? I feel like I've had my fair share in my five years breeding sheep! In this episode we explore all things weird and wonderful in creatures woolly and meaty! I'd love to hear your weird and wonderful experiences - email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post it on the Hallston Valley Farm Facebook feed so we can share the weird!
53 minutes | 2 months ago
Marketing your sheep small business like a pro with Meredith Paige!
You've got your sheep farm ticking along so now what? How do you market our stock, wool, meat, dairy or even any sheep related products so that sales just happen! Take more control back and build a brand presence for yourself and all of your wonderful sheep! Meredith Paige (www.meredithpaige.me) generously shares her top tips to get your 2021 off to a great strategic sheep start!In this episode we explore:What is the difference between sales, marketing and advertising? Should a sheep enterprise have a marketing plan? What would that look like?What about features and benefits? Is this still important? Where would you start with marketing a sheep enterprise? What is the biggest mistake people make when marketing?What about having a website presence? Is this necessary nowadays with social media? What are the secrets to using social media effectively for something like a sheep enterprise? How frequently should you post on social media? Can you do too much? Some people I know say that advertising is a waste of money? What are your thoughts on print and digital advertising for small business?Tell me about the power of email marketing? It seems like such an old-fashioned way of marketing but it does actually work! Where would a sheep breeder start with email marketing? Some stud sheep breeders sell embryos and semen overseas – how would a sheep breeder start marketing to targeted overseas audience?How might you market to a very traditional audience? These might be people who have always bought their sheep through sale yards and they aren’t all that digitally connected? There are peak times that sheep breeders advertise/market their products (stud rams in particular about 3-6 months before breeding season), should their marketing efforts be focused on one event like an on farm sale or should marketing be more consistent throughout the year? Contact Meredith via:https://www.meredithpaige.me/Get Meredith's freebie roadmap at:https://www.meredithpaige.me/free-resources/small-biz-marketing-roadmap
50 minutes | 2 months ago
Sheep farming the convenient way - Cross breeding sheep in Ireland with Andrew Noble
Meet VIB (Very Important Brother)! In this episode we meet my brother, Andrew, and explore cross breeding sheep in Ireland, the convenient way. Andrew has worked out a way to farm his 160 ewes outdoor all year around in Ireland, something very unusual in Ireland and the UK. In this episode we explore:What is the biggest challenge with breeding sheep in Ireland? What are the trends in sheep farming in Ireland?How come Irish sheep farmers love cross breed sheep, what are the benefits?What prices you are getting for lamb in Ireland? What diseases impact sheep in Ireland and how do you treat them?What growth rate do you get with CB sheep?When do you sell sheep and how do you choose when to sell?Why do you farm sheep and cattle? Why not just cattle? What advice would you have for someone starting out in sheep?What do you look for when you are buying sheep?
26 minutes | 2 months ago
Two tooth or not two tooth! - all you need to know about sheep's teeth
In this episode we cover:What can we tell from sheep teeth?How can we use this information to make decisions about your sheep?What does a sheep’s mouth look like? What do lamb’s teeth look like and how and when do they grow? What breeds cut teeth earlier than others?How can environmental conditions change and impact teeth growth and teeth wear?All the lingo to know about sheep teeth – pad, full mouth, broken mouth, gummy mouth, two tooth, four tooth, feed mouth and over shot and under shot!When to cull based on teeth or mouth issues?
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Five business skills all sheep farmers need
What will make you a successful sheep farmer? What business skills do you have and what ones do you need to develop further? In this episode we explore the five key business skills you need for sheep farming success! Five business skills for farming success1. Lifelong learning - tips• Attend expos and seminars/webinars• Get a mentor – business and farming• Join an association for your farming passion • Build a relationship with your local VET before you need them!• Ask questions• Read 2. Strategic planning – tips• WHAT - Have a clear objective – what are your aiming to achieve in your farming enterprise?• WHY- Be clear on your vision and mission – why are you in this business? • WHO- low cost - standard products and services to broad markets at the lowest competitive prices or differentiated – tailored solutions for specific customers, high levels of service and strong relationships.• HOW- Think about what the farming of tomorrow will be 3. Finance – tips• Project a professional approach • Use a tax compliant invoice template • Save time by using technology • Record your stock numbers at the end of the tax year – sold, deceased, owned • Get a trusted accountant • Think about registering for GST 4. Marketing & Selling- tips• Know your audience and help to educate them • Communicate the benefits, use the heart to sell• Value add your product or farming service • Build your brand or presence • Use a variety of marketing approaches • Use cute for clicks• Play to your strengths – if you can write, speak, take photos, volunteer … 5. Technology- tips• Make it easy to do your accounting – how much is your time worth?• Get a professional email address – email@example.com• YouTube is the second most used search engine – video it!• Use a database or excel for your stock records• Use apps, Facebook groups/online forums Useful websites and apps• https://wiltshirehornaustralia.com.au/• https://www.mla.com.au/• https://www.nlis.com.au/• https://www.zoetis.com.au/livestock-solutions/sheep/index.aspx•
21 minutes | 3 months ago
Go for growth - What you can do to get better growth rates in sheep?
So what traits are the traits that will take our sheep into the future? What ones will help us breed animals that have true commercial value in the red meat industry? What are the traits that we need to focus on and what can we do to improve them in our flock? Obviously we are always making decisions on phenotype/breed standard and structural correctness – things like pasterns, shoulders, back, feet, teeth, testicles, temperament, horn set, pigment, shedding ability and general visual appeal. The question is where do we go after that structural/visual assessment? These traits are growth rate, muscle/ carcass characteristics, reproductive traits, fecundity and mothering ability. In this episode we focus on growth rates and how to increase the growth rates in our sheep.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Smart Sheep Selling Strategies - how to sell and market your sheep
We've never advertised our sheep for sale. Why not? Because smart selling is about building a reputation and creating a market for your sheep. In this episode we explore the pros and cons for each selling option that we have for sheep, including lambs, ewes and rams. Let me know what option works for you and why!
31 minutes | 3 months ago
Cull with confidence - which sheep to cull from your flock and why
This time of year we all need to make some tough decisions on culling sheep. So how do you know what to cull, what can help you to make confident decisions which will help the future of your flock. In this episode we explore at what to look for when culling ewes and lambs as well as rams. Happy culling!
34 minutes | 3 months ago
The whys and wherefores of weaning lambs
Welcome to season 2 of The Sheep Show Podcast!In this episode on weaning we explore the following:- Why we wean?-What exactly is weaning lambs?-When to wean?- How to wean?- Issues/concerns and pros and cons of early and late weaning. We also explore a hybrid method of weaning!Enjoy this first episode of season 2!
49 minutes | 5 months ago
The orginal coat - how Eve Girdwood produced a wool coat from her own sheep
Meet Eve Girdwood, another amazing young sheeppreneur! Eve is in year 12 at Notre Dam College in Shepperton (Victoria). Fof her year 12 Design & Technology project she decides she will make a coat. This is her story and the challenges of making a garment from wool in Australia.
39 minutes | 5 months ago
For the love of sheep - meet Erin Douglas and her passion for getting young people into sheep
Erin Douglas is in year 12, not even finished high school yet and she has have already achieved so much in her agricultural career. She has been state winner of the 2019 Merino fleece and meat sheep competition, stud master at Moralla Stud, captain at Flinders College in the ag program at school, and she was winning competitions as a 12 year old too. She is now embarking on a series of international events to encourage youth in sheep. In this is episode she tells us about her love for sheep, passion for youth in sheep and her international virtual showing event for juniors called the Rona Youth Show!With Erin we explore:What it was like learning to breed sheep through a subject at school? What appealed to her about sheep? Why Corriedales?When/how she knew sheep were her thing!How she learned to judge wool and sheep?Where she is wanting to take sheep in her future/career/business?The Rona Youth event – how it all works and how people can get involved. To get in touch with Erin, you can reach her at:firstname.lastname@example.orgRona2020ronayouthsheeexpo
38 minutes | 5 months ago
Marking lambs in a nutshell!
So we marked our lambs on the weekend - you did what?? What exactly is marking lambs, why do we do it, how do we do it, what do you need to do it, when do you do it and what can go wrong! Learn about our marking set up, equipment and our challenges with marking in this episode! Happy marking!
43 minutes | 6 months ago
Sire shopping - when, how and what to buy in a new ram
There is nothing quite like shopping for sheep and shopping for rams is always good fun, filled with optimism and opportunity so in this episode we explore:What do you need in a new ram?What are your breeding objectives?When do you need a new ram?What genetic elements does your ram bring to your flock?Who do you join your ram with?What ram health aspects do you need to be aware of?How to get your ram ready for joining?What to do when you get your ram home?Links:https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/livestock/sheep/breeding-genetics/genetics/breeding-objectivehttps://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/livestock/sheep/breeding-genetics/genetics/breeding-valueshttp://www.sheepgenetics.org.au/Getting-started/ASBVs-and-Indexes
33 minutes | 6 months ago
Happy, sappy lambs - helpful health hints for lambs over two weeks old
So you have lambs on the ground and you are over the stress of sleepless nights and the peak lambing period so what now? Are we out of the woods or can things still go wrong?In this episode we explore aspects of lamb health from 2 weeks old to weaning. Including:What growth rates should I be getting from my lambs?How to manage the health of your lambs from two weeks old to weaningWhat diseases can lambs get as they are growing?What worms impact lambs?When to vaccinate and why?When to plan weaning and why wean at all?How to prevent lamb diseases?
50 minutes | 6 months ago
The lambing diaries - volume 4 with bonus from Gary on managing mud!
Volume 4 of the lambing diaries and the learning journey continues!- Heat cycle and the magic day 17- - Interverted eyelids in lambs- Udder health - what does a good one look like and feel like- Freemartin ewes- Who lambs first and last - Lamb survival to weaning and the 60/20 rule - Full cycles versus false or first heat cycles- Managing the mud - how to reduce the mud baths and increase the the pasture through tillering (a shoot growing from the base of a plant)-Foot abscesses in sheep - how to know you have one and what to do about it
38 minutes | 6 months ago
The lambing diaries - volume 3
In the third installment of the lambing diaries we learn that three feet and PJs don't mix! We also explore:- How long does a ewe take to bond with her newborn lamb- Why maidens drop last- Why lambs eat dirt- Sheep udder health- Saving a ewe- Dealing with bloat in bottle fed lambs- What licks to give your lambs- How to imprint the rumen in young lambs
35 minutes | 7 months ago
The lambing diaries - volume 2
Well into lambing what have we learned? What tricks have we used and what miracle have we been able to perform with little lamb lives. This lambing diary log explores:The power of Vitamin CThe tales of tripletsA fox updateDealing with prolapses and some bush vet workHybrid bottle feeding methodRecording ewe performance Recording lamb data at birthA lesson about not waiting to intervene
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