Our two Clydesdale colts joined our farm in October 2016 when Duncan was just weaned at five months and Clyde a little older at almost seven months. They came from a responsible breeder in Canada and were almost as tall as our mature saddle horses (14-15 hh), though they had funny proportions: long legs, relatively short necks, and ribs that met their hips. They were (and still are) SWEET SWEET SWEET! Even though they are easy to tell apart, they are a well matched pair because of their body types and sizes. They’ll both mature at about 17 hh (around six feet tall where their mane transitions to their back). Their feet may reasonably be expected to reach twelve inches wide.
I have a lot of Swedish, Scottish, and English ancestry. I didn’t grow up eating Swedish food that I know of, but I have found some delicious recipes. One of my favorites is for Swedish pancakes. They are sort of like crepes, but I like them better. They are so good plain or with a variety of toppings. I’m not sure how authentic this recipe is, but I am sure it is delicious. (I’ll have to add pictures later.) Umm, just writing about them makes me want them for breakfast tomorrow!
Let me start with a disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian and I am not an expert shepherdess. However, I have been keeping sheep for a little while and will gladly share what I do to help keep them healthy. I find it interesting to see what others do. Keep in mind that management techniques may also vary based on the type of sheep you keep and the climate in which they live. Here is what I currently use as my plan of care.
Let me say right off that I am not an expert on sheep and my experience is limited to dairy sheep at this point in time. If you are thinking about getting livestock and considering sheep, especially if your thinking of dairy sheep, hopefully this is a good simple introduction.
If I had to pick one specie of livestock to keep, I would be torn between dairy cows and sheep. Goats are great and kids are the best babies. However, there's something about sheep I really like. However, it's about finding the right fit for you.
Wife to Brandon, mother to Tess and Liam, farmer, entrepreneur, cook & baker, nurse, and accountant who loves to try new things, travel, and work toward greater self-reliance.