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The "Boys" - Our Entry Into Sheep

Buckwheat and Alfalfa joined our little farm in the spring of 2008.  Buckwheat is a rare chocolate-colored Rambouillet wether and Alfalfa is a Suffolk.  Mo found them through friends and on Craig's List and the thought was to raise them up through the winter for lamb. 

...that didn't exactly happen...

Will went to pick up the lambs on a beautiful spring day.  Since neither of us knew anything about small livestock such as lambs, he hitched up the dually to the 33' horse trailer thinking he would put them in the trailer. 

When he arrived to pick up Buckwheat, the family took him out to the barn and much to Will's surprise, here was an adorable little lamb staring and "baa-ing" at him from a stall.  The farmer picked up the lamb and handed it to Will.  Buckwheat promptly started sucking on Will's fingers.

I'm sure you can see where this story is going... He called me from the truck (I later found out with Buckwheat in the seat next to him).  I could tell something was awry so I asked him if he'd picked up the lambs to which he replied that he had picked up the Rambouillet and that he was on his way to pick up the Suffolk.  I then asked him what was wrong to which he replied hesitantly that he didn't think we would be butchering Buckwheat.  Needless to say, I was a little upset since the whole idea of getting these two wethers was to try our hands at raising a couple of lambs up to butcher weight and then figure out from there if we thought we were up to getting some ewes to breed each year. 

Both wethers are happily living the life of Riley at WiMo eating the "bad" horse hay.  As it turns out, Buckwheat actually has very nice fiber and we sent his wool for processing in the fall of 2009.  So, Buckwheat looks like he has become another WiMo mascot and is here to stay. 

Alfalfa though has developed quite the attitude and head butts anyone that gives him a chance.  He really has become quite dangerous to be around (unless you're armed with something to dissuade him), so he will most likely become mutton sometime in the summer of 2010 if we can find some ewes to keep Buckwheat company. 

On a serious note, we do very much hope to learn enough about sheep to start raising our own lambs each year and the hope is once we become proficient to be able to raise our own meat each year.  It just looks like it will be 2011 before we'll get there.

Update

We've learned so much in the last few years since I first wrote that little ditty above.  We now have a lovely flock of ewes and a beautiful black Rambouillet ram (Daddy Paul) as our herdsire. Our ewes include: Gidget, Freckles, Pebbles, Merry, and a few more.  

We tend to raise our lambs up a bit older than some folks and generally don't butcher until they are a year old.  We find that the meat is just as tender and tasty plus we get a whole lot more! 
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