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  • Joined Jan 2012
  • West Hanney, Oxfordshire
« on: January 07, 2012, 10:10:48 am »

Hi everyone, really sorry for daft question.  I started to keep sheep last year, bought five Southdowns shearling ewes back in September, in November I put a ram in with the girls.  I check them every day but to be honest I'm not sure what I'm looking for or doing.  I assume if there was anything wrong it would be fairly obvious?!

I wonder if anyone has a check list of what I should be doing / looking for each week/month?  Since picking them up in September I haven't done anything other than check their feet and teeth and had a feel through their fleeces.   I have the 5 ewes and 1 ram in about an acre.  The grass was looking a bit bare and so have been supplementing with hay and some badminton sheep mix but otherwise I haven't done anything else.

Any pointers to a weekly/monthly check-lists would be great


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  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Checklist
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2012, 11:25:31 am »
Get Tim Tyne's book "The Sheep Book for Smallholders" - it's the only sheep book you'll ever need and a good read too.
« Last Edit: January 07, 2012, 01:46:44 pm by Dan »


  • Joined Mar 2010
Re: Checklist
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2012, 07:28:40 pm »
Seconded  :thumbsup:


  • Joined Feb 2008
  • Near Bodmin, Cornwall
    • Val Grainger
Re: Checklist
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2012, 08:41:47 pm »
Thirded.....and maybe book yourself on a sheepkeeping lambing course?

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  • Joined Apr 2010
  • Perthshire
    • Brucklay Pygmy Goats
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Re: Checklist
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2012, 11:06:08 pm »
Getting on to a lambing  course would be great - but I guess that depends on where you live - I booked on on in Aberdeenshire - cancelled and not happened since!!!
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  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Checklist
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2012, 11:07:47 pm »
Yes get a good book.  You'll be lambing in April so if you can find somewhere to get a bit of hands on experience in Feb  / March that would be a good plan.  Whereabouts are you?
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  • Joined Sep 2011
Re: Checklist
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2012, 09:52:29 pm »
Hi Paul

i agree with the pervious posts, get the book... also making friends with another sheep keeper nearby would by sensible for on the doorstep help and advice.

I am one of the lucky people that has managed to get on the lambing course run by Tom and Dot Vine.

 Although i do have some experience in resusitating new born lambs, my OH and my friend Sally have so far 'spared' me the actual helping a ewe in difficulties..

Our little flock has grown from 6 breeding ewes to  - 16 and then 30 over the last 2 years.  We  also help with my friends flock while she is at work and she helps with ours when we at at work.

so therefore i felt i needed a course to give me the confidence to intervene if necessary.

I am so looking forward to it  ;D

good luck with your girls


  • Joined Sep 2009
  • England
Re: Checklist
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2012, 11:27:42 pm »
Register with a vet! Also depending on your land 1 acre won't be enough I've 12 sheep on 6 acres and struggle through Winter.
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  • Joined Jul 2010
  • North Yorkshire
Re: Checklist
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2012, 09:27:13 am »
Agree with all the above, and definitely go on a lambing course.  It was so useful to me and my OH. 



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