Funny Looking Sheep
Yep its black and white, but the wool is awful thin.
Actually I have no intentions of raising beef at this point, but the wife wanted to raise some food that was more practical then lamb, so I had the boys on the farm bring over a calf. Its a Holstein Bull and very healthy having been "started" for the past month. He won't be full grown until 1½ years, but to keep costs down I might slaughter him this fall so I don't have to feed him all winter at cost. I will only end up with 150 pounds of meat in the freezer, but considering the money I have in him (free thus far) it is pretty hard to beat that per pound price.
As a side note, people should be warned about college educated sheep. I have so many now that my existing field has been grazed to the roots so I needed to add more pasture. I got plenty of that and so fenced in another few acres. It has prime grass (foot tall) but the black faced sheep won't cross a muddy section to reach it. As my dad and I tried to coral them to the new field, one leaped over his head and he said, "You would think being in college for 3 years they would have learned something. Those darn sheep haven't changed in 40 years," referring to his old sheep raising days. You probably had to be there to see the humor in it.
Of course being starved they are constantly getting out of the fence to graze on my lawn. I tried 5 fence designs before I found one that worked. It is a hideous looking thing made from sapling poles and 16 penny nails, but its funny that $7 bucks in spikes and a bit of chainsaw work stopped them dead while $300 dollars in "modern fencing" didn't hold them back at all. Maybe sheep aren't so stupid after all. Of course one of these days they will follow my white faced sheep up to the new pasture teeming with enough grass to satisfy 100 sheep.
Here is a picture of #3 anyway! A cute looking calf for sure though I prefer sheep! "Come here ewe!"
Last edited by Travis Johnson; 05-07-2009 at 04:06 PM.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"