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So what is fly strike, what causes it and how can it be prevented and what do we do to treat it? Join Vet Dr Tim Gole from For Flock Sake (www.forflocksake.,com.au), a sheep consulting business as we explore the parasite paradise that fly strike is. Contact Tim: @for flock sake www.forflocksake.com.au Transcript: Parasite Paradise for flies It's pe…
 
Bloat in bottle fed lambs is one of the most horrible things I have had to deal with in my shepherding experience. You have a really close relationship with animals that you bottle raise and losing them suddenly is heart breaking for us but imagine the pain the poor lamb must be in with bloat. So in this episode I am so grateful to Sez the Vet for …
 
So what is rumen acidosis? What causes it? What are the signs and what can you you do about it. Enjoy this last episode of season 2! What is acidosis? Grain overload (acidosis, grain poisoning) occurs when cattle, sheep or goats eat large amounts of grain. The grain releases carbohydrate into the animal's rumen and this rapidly ferments rather than…
 
So much is said about sheep and minerals but what really matters most? In this episode Stefanie Hildmann from https://stefaniehildmann.com/ helps us to get a handle on the most important things and what we can do to help our sheep be as naturally healthy as possible. In this episode we explore: The difference between vitamins and minerals and macro…
 
Enjoy this chat with Gary and I as we explore who our mentors are, what to expect from a mentor, how to find them and how to get the best from a relationship with your mentor. Some of the mentors mentioned include: Gabe Brown Greg Judy Joel Salatin Pay Colby William Albecht Gerhard Grasser Jason O'Loghlin Gavin Wall Check them out online via YouTub…
 
Lambing is the most important time of the shepherd's year. The sheep's, too. So, it's important to be prepared. Preparations include managing and feeding the sheep properly, getting the lambing facilities ready, and gathering necessary supplies. Preparing the Ewes Feeding and management during late gestation can determine success of the lambing sea…
 
Join Simon Makeham from North South Border Leicester Stud, a veteran sheep showing expert in this celebratory 50th episode of The Sheep Show Podcast! Simon shares some of the secrets to showing sheep, how to prepare your sheep and some ring craft tips for us to consider. In this episode we explore: What is the reason for the North South business co…
 
If you plan on showing your sheep then teaching your sheep to lead will be very helpful. Start off by purchasing a good quality Halter and lead rope, we use the following Halter which can be purchased online from The Farm Store. This halter is great as it can be adjusted both behind the poll and over the nose. | www.thefarmstore.com.au Bainbridge h…
 
For those new to showing or those who are thinking of showing in the new future I've put together my top dos and don'ts many of which I have learned the hard way! Let's start with the positives! Do · come ready to learn, meet new friends collaborate and ask questions. Being part of a show is very collegiate. We all help where we can, sharing advice…
 
So what are the different cuts of lamb? · There are nine basic or primal cuts from different parts of the lamb. · Each of these Primal cuts can be cut up different ways. · For example, the loin primal cut can be made into o Individual cutlets or o French rack or o Barbeque rack or o Backstraps · You can select either of these options but only one o…
 
Condition scoring sheep is an easy and accurate method of estimating the condition or 'nutritional well-being' of your sheep flock. It is particularly useful for monitoring pregnant and lactating ewes. It requires you to assess the amount of tissue and fat covering the backbone and the short ribs of each sheep. Each assessment should only take a ma…
 
Happy Birthday to The Sheep Show Podcast - we turn one this week! Thank you for being good sheep and following loyally and staying tuned for 12 whole months! Enjoy this episode with Amanda and Scott from Tillara Park Suffolks in NSW, @tillaraparksuffolks as they share their inspirational story of participating in 30 shows over 2020. Stay tuned for …
 
Line breeding is a fascinating topic which can offer some amazing results but as we will learn it comes with potential consequences which are not for the faint-hearted. Enjoy this extra long episode! In this episode with Jason we explore: What is line breeding? Why do it? Why does it work? What does it achieve? What can do wrong when you line breed…
 
Ever though about milking sheep? Join Becca from Hidden Hollow Idaho to learn about raising dairy sheep, milking sheep and making sheep cheese!! Yum! In this episode we explore: What breed of sheep is good for milking? Why have a sheep dairy? What are the benefits and key dairy products that are in demand? Where do you start if you wanted to breed …
 
Doug Deppeler from Deppeler Suffolks Derrinallum, Victoria, has been breeding sheep for 50 years. His sheep are highly regarded in the industry. He has won interbreed champions at several major shows and won a prestigious prize in 2020 with champion lamb at the Rona Show! In this episode Doug shares the secrets to his breeding success! Doug and I e…
 
Should I join my young ewes? How can increase my lambing percentages? How do I manage my joining better to get better results. What are the pros and cons of joining maiden ewes? What percentage of rams should I use with my ewes? We explore all things joining in this episode - Happy joining!By Jill Noble
 
What is the weirdest thing you have ever come across in your flock? I feel like I've had my fair share in my five years breeding sheep! In this episode we explore all things weird and wonderful in creatures woolly and meaty! I'd love to hear your weird and wonderful experiences - email me at jill@hallstonvalleyfarm.com.au or post it on the Hallston…
 
You've got your sheep farm ticking along so now what? How do you market our stock, wool, meat, dairy or even any sheep related products so that sales just happen! Take more control back and build a brand presence for yourself and all of your wonderful sheep! Meredith Paige (www.meredithpaige.me) generously shares her top tips to get your 2021 off t…
 
Meet VIB (Very Important Brother)! In this episode we meet my brother, Andrew, and explore cross breeding sheep in Ireland, the convenient way. Andrew has worked out a way to farm his 160 ewes outdoor all year around in Ireland, something very unusual in Ireland and the UK. In this episode we explore: What is the biggest challenge with breeding she…
 
In this episode we cover: What can we tell from sheep teeth? How can we use this information to make decisions about your sheep? What does a sheep’s mouth look like? What do lamb’s teeth look like and how and when do they grow? What breeds cut teeth earlier than others? How can environmental conditions change and impact teeth growth and teeth wear?…
 
What will make you a successful sheep farmer? What business skills do you have and what ones do you need to develop further? In this episode we explore the five key business skills you need for sheep farming success! Five business skills for farming success 1. Lifelong learning - tips • Attend expos and seminars/webinars • Get a mentor – business a…
 
So what traits are the traits that will take our sheep into the future? What ones will help us breed animals that have true commercial value in the red meat industry? What are the traits that we need to focus on and what can we do to improve them in our flock? Obviously we are always making decisions on phenotype/breed standard and structural corre…
 
We've never advertised our sheep for sale. Why not? Because smart selling is about building a reputation and creating a market for your sheep. In this episode we explore the pros and cons for each selling option that we have for sheep, including lambs, ewes and rams. Let me know what option works for you and why!…
 
This time of year we all need to make some tough decisions on culling sheep. So how do you know what to cull, what can help you to make confident decisions which will help the future of your flock. In this episode we explore at what to look for when culling ewes and lambs as well as rams. Happy culling!…
 
Meet Eve Girdwood, another amazing young sheeppreneur! Eve is in year 12 at Notre Dam College in Shepperton (Victoria). Fof her year 12 Design & Technology project she decides she will make a coat. This is her story and the challenges of making a garment from wool in Australia.By Jill Noble
 
Erin Douglas is in year 12, not even finished high school yet and she has have already achieved so much in her agricultural career. She has been state winner of the 2019 Merino fleece and meat sheep competition, stud master at Moralla Stud, captain at Flinders College in the ag program at school, and she was winning competitions as a 12 year old to…
 
There is nothing quite like shopping for sheep and shopping for rams is always good fun, filled with optimism and opportunity so in this episode we explore: What do you need in a new ram? What are your breeding objectives? When do you need a new ram? What genetic elements does your ram bring to your flock? Who do you join your ram with? What ram he…
 
So you have lambs on the ground and you are over the stress of sleepless nights and the peak lambing period so what now? Are we out of the woods or can things still go wrong? In this episode we explore aspects of lamb health from 2 weeks old to weaning. Including: What growth rates should I be getting from my lambs? How to manage the health of your…
 
Volume 4 of the lambing diaries and the learning journey continues! - Heat cycle and the magic day 17- - Interverted eyelids in lambs - Udder health - what does a good one look like and feel like - Freemartin ewes - Who lambs first and last - Lamb survival to weaning and the 60/20 rule - Full cycles versus false or first heat cycles - Managing the …
 
In the third installment of the lambing diaries we learn that three feet and PJs don't mix! We also explore: - How long does a ewe take to bond with her newborn lamb - Why maidens drop last - Why lambs eat dirt - Sheep udder health - Saving a ewe - Dealing with bloat in bottle fed lambs - What licks to give your lambs - How to imprint the rumen in …
 
Well into lambing what have we learned? What tricks have we used and what miracle have we been able to perform with little lamb lives. This lambing diary log explores: The power of Vitamin C The tales of triplets A fox update Dealing with prolapses and some bush vet work Hybrid bottle feeding method Recording ewe performance Recording lamb data at …
 
Meet the Thomas family from Cavendish, Western Victoria! On Saturday July 25 they ran Australia's first all breed Virtual Sheep Show! The Sheep Show Podcast got to be a special guest! Despite hundred of agricultural shows, events and field days being cancelled due to COVID19 sheep breeders show their true colours by participating in the Rona show. …
 
What is the ugly side of lambing? What are the serious diseases that can cause abortions in ewes? What diseases can affect your ewes during times of high stress time such a pre-lambing and lactation? How can you prevent these issues? What treatments can you use if you find you have any of these issues with your sheep? In this episode, the first in …
 
Meet Brett the Vet from GV Vets in Shepperton (Northern Victoria)! Brett Davis takes us to lambing 2.0 – what to do when ewe need help! All the things to be prepared for and what to do when things don’t go according to ewer plan when lambing.! Together we Brett we explore: What percentages of ewes lamb normally and without assistance? What is the m…
 
Welcome to the first of many podcast episodes over the next few weeks on lambing. In this episode we explore how most lambs present, normal presentation. We look at pre, during and post lambing aspects that account for 95% of the lambs born. In Lambing 101 we cover: Sheep gestation What sort of protein/feed requirements do pregnant and lactation ew…
 
What does your lamb taste like? This was a question that led Katie and her family to start Linners Lamb, their cut and pack or paddock to plate business. Katie and her husband run 130 Wiltshire Horn ewes on their farm near Bacchus Marsh in Victoria. They have been marketing and selling their lamb direct to consumers for three years. Katie shares he…
 
In this episode I take the podcast from our sheep yards to our kitchen table with Geoff Davey! We sit down and record a pre-dinner sheep podcast after scanning sheep and selling a few sheep during our day together at Hallston Valley Farm. We find out that spending all day with sheep is a normal day for Geoff and that is just the way he likes it! To…
 
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