Without further ado, here is our first guest. She’s a 4H member and the future of Agriculture in this country! She’s smart, she’s home-schooled, and she’s here to tell us all about her sheep project.
I am 16yrs old; I have been in 4H for about 5 1/2 years. One of my favorite and most memorable projects so far, I would have to say, is breeding my yearling ewe (which is a female sheep between 1-2 years of age). She is a Leicester Longwool Ewe named Savannah Mae. Leicester Longwool sheep which are a wool sheep are a rare breed according to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
We are breeding her to another wool breed, the Shetland. One of the reasons we are breeding her to a Shetland this year is because she is still a little small for her age- weighing about 112 lbs and since she is on the smaller side, she will have a smaller lamb. This is because Shetlands rams usually weigh 90 to 125 pounds; the ewes about 75 to 100 pounds. Leicester Longwool sheep usually weight 140 pounds to 330 pounds for a ram. Mature ewes will weigh from 110 pounds to 220 pounds. The other reason for breeding her is if you start breeding them as a yearling in the future, lambing will be easier for them. Next year we will breed her to a Leicester Longwool ram to continue to help preserve the breed.
I have several options of what to do with Savannah Mae’s offspring. Some of the choices include me keeping the offspring, depending on if it’s a ram lamb or ewe lamb will either be given to another farm to breed, be castrated (neutered) and used for wool.
Thank-you for letting me guest blog and I hope you enjoyed it!
Have a great day!
You can read more about Dee Dee’s projects on her blog- A 4H Farmer’s Blog.