Happy 2016! I am really looking forward to our lambing season this year. In 2015 we decided to keep only RR ewes and lambs. We had a lot of really beautiful and productive QR ewes and we were proud to offer them for sale to other breeders. Mike and I have always had strict selection criteria including good mothering skills, milk production, rate of gain of lambs, ability to thrive on pasture, and worm resistance. Every year we cull animals that do not meet our criteria, and we don’t sell them to others for breeding.
In 2015 we decided that we were going to add one new criteria- RR. In years past we had to have all lambs born to a QR ewe tested. We have only used RR rams since 2005 so we have not had any QQ animals for a decade, but we have kept QR ewes that otherwise met our criteria.
Every year we also have a few that we need to cull because they have lost their ear tags. That always makes me so frustrated. We have 2 ear tags- one small brass one that we put in at birth, and the larger plastic one. They go in opposite ears. Frequently a sheep will only lose one, but if they lose them both, we can’t use them in our registered flock anymore. That is the worst way to cull your flock.
Because we cut down to 22 ewes and lambs, and we really liked this flock, we decided we were going to put an end to culling due to lost ear tags. We microchipped each of them and GUESS WHAT !!!! Last week, when we brought them off the pastures to vaccinate and bring in the barn, one ewe had lost BOTH ear tags. She had them in the summer when we did the microchipping. If only one animal is missing ear tags, it is easy to figure out who they are, but more than one- and they are doomed. Now, because I was able to scanner her and verify who she is, I can purchase a replacement tag. I am so happy we did this. I hope to have these ewes for a very long time.
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ALL HAVE BEEN SOLD!!!
We only use RR rams, so all of our ewes are at least QR. We are a pasture based farm and do not feed grain
We have 13 registered ewes- some are known RR.
We have 6 ewes that have lost their identification ear tags- so we are selling them as commercial ewes.
We also have 2 rams for sale.
CAP 480 is a 5 year old RR registered ram. He has done great for us and now he is ready for a new opportunity.
CAP 747 is a 2015 RR ram that was born as a twin whose mother had lost her ear tag- so he is being sold as a commercial ram.
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Eber is a great guardian for the livestock, but a really sweet guy to people. He has an outstanding pedigree full of Turkish imports. He has a lot to offer the breed and would be very valuable in a breeding program. We purchased him as a puppy for that reason, but we have decided not to breed these great dogs, so Eber is available. He is UKC registered and has already had his DNA recorded with them. Not only would he make a great guard dog (which is currently is doing), but he would be a great show dog, or a great pet. If you are interested, email email@example.com
Baby Eber- yes he is leash trained
Eber as an adult
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The puppies had moved from the house, to the sheep barn, and this past (warm) weekend they got to go out into our sheep handling area to play. The sheep handling area is a 30′ x 40′ heavy duty fenced area where we bring the sheep to administer vaccines, trim hooves, and provide other care. The puppies were so cute. Some of our herding sheep were eating hay next to the fence. The puppies met the sheep, met Eber, and just played. By the time I got the camera, they were winding down.
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The story was called Kangal: A Turkish Shepherd’s Best Friend
This is a link to the archived NRP story about this wonderful breed. We feel privileged to have them.
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The puppies have left the house and moved out to the barn. I have constantly been amazed at how clean these puppies keep themselves. When they were in the house, they choose a portion of the pen to poop and they only went in that location. They have done the same now that they have moved to the barn. It sure makes clean up easier. I DO still have puppies available and I would LOVE to hear from you if you would like one. When you contact me, let me know if you are looking for a Kangal to use as a Livestock guard dog or family pet. Also let me know if you are interested in breeding or not. I ask because there are 2 that are not “breeding quality”. They have white markings that are not approved for the breed, so they will be sold on spay/neuter contracts. There are a few that are just beautiful representives of this breed. I think it would be nice if they were kept intact.
firstname.lastname@example.org is my email address. I can ship.
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