This March, we welcomed 11 kids and 8 lambs to the farm. Everyone is doing well despite the cold weather and snow we had.
Freezing Weather & Less Than Perfect Timing
Benson with a new born Kiko goat born on one of the coldest night on record
The animals have a way of timing things out that is usually less than perfect. We had one little buckling born in the frigid temperatures on Sunday March 2nd. His mom had him out in the snow and with sub-freezing temperatures, he was having a hard time. Luckily, Benson found him quickly. After spending several hours (in the middle of the night) warming him up in the truck, we were able to reunite him with his mother and the pair is doing well.
First Lambs Born at Monnett Farms
This is our first year having lambs on the farm, which has made things extra exciting. We’re really please with how the sheep have done and the lambs seem very strong and healthy.
One of our St. Croix sheep with her newborn lamb
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One of the most exciting additions to our farm in recent years has been a flock of hair sheep. Benson and I knew that we wanted to offer lamb as a compliment to our other meats, and we spent several years looking at different breeds of sheep to find the one that was best for our farm. We settled on St. Croix sheep, a North American breed that is part of the Caribbean hair sheep family. Our flock of seven ewes and two rams came from Virginia State University.
Monnett Farms St. Croix Ewes
What are hair sheep?
The first question we get is always What are hair sheep? Basically, a hair sheep is a type of sheep that sheds its wool rather than needing to be sheared. Hair sheep breeds have been improved to produce meat compared to their counterparts which also produce meat, but have mostly been breed to produce high quality fiber.
Why hair sheep?
There are many reasons why we chose hair sheep to traditional “wool” sheep breeds. The first of which is the fact that they don’t have wool. Sheep that have wool need to be sheared. They cannot survive in hot humid weather with thick wool coats. Shearing sheep is a difficult trade to master, there aren’t many shearers in the area and skilled shearers (rightly so) come in high demand and a high cost.
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