I have a book that is called More Grass, More Sheep, More Money. I think the word money could be interchanged with a few other words, one being work. But we do have plenty of grass and it has been our goal to work our numbers back up to what they were long, long ago, before the twins were born.
We have spent some of this year adding more sheep to our farm. Including adding a new breed of sheep, the Tunis. We are excited about the direction we are going but do have some changes that need to be made.
Having more sheep, does mean more work. At least initially. We have plans to put up new fencing to create more paddocks, so we can practice rotational grazing like we have done in the past. We need to finish our corral, that is a MUST. It is not any fun wrestling sheep around. We have done it, and when you have a small number you can get away with it, but as the numbers grow the handling system we have has to improve!
I remember some advice I read, when I was pouring over every sheep book I could find, the first thing you need before you buy sheep is good fencing, and a good handling system! I have never regretted taking that advice with our fencing, but we have not really spent much time with our handling system. When I look at our biggest frustration with raising sheep, it comes down to handling. Two people can get a lot done in a fairly quick amount of time if you have a good system. When you don't you can spend a lot of time chasing, being trampled on,
cursing (not me) , you get the idea.
We are going to have to try to carve out some time this Fall to get it done! It is not as much fun as bringing home new sheep, or having lambs but I know in the end it will keep us sane and help make sheep farming a little more enjoyable!
Speaking of buying sheep, did I mention we went on a road trip (yes, during fair week) and bought home more Tunis? 9 more lovely red heads (one being a ram). They also had these adorable sheep guardian dogs (Pyrenees) that almost made their way into our Jeep! But we showed some restraint. Someday....