FAQ'S

Basic Needs:

  • SHELTER: can be as basic as a 2 or 3 sided shelter with a roof, or an old truck canopy atop some straw bales; the sheep need a shady spot in the summer and some protection from wind, rain, and snow in the winter
  • PASTURE/HAY: Babydolls are easy keepers; they like many different varieties of grass and weeds; check weeds in your pasture for toxicity to sheep; a nice grass/alfalfa mix makes a great winter hay ration: feed sparingly, they gain weight easily!
  • MINERAL: feed loose mineral/salt formulated for sheep. CAUTION: copper is toxic to sheep!
  • FENCING: Babydolls do not climb or jump over fences so field fence, hog panels, or a 3 strand electric fence all work well
  • PASTURE BUDDY: Sheep are flock animals, so they need a buddy to hang out with 

What is Scrapie?

Scrapie is a fatal, degenerative disease that affects the nervous systems of sheep and goats. It is related to "mad cow disease" and chronic wasting disease of deer. Infected flocks that contain a high percentage of susceptible animals can experience significant production losses. Animals sold from infected flocks spread scrapie to other flocks. The presence of scrapie in the U.S. prevents the export of breeding stock, semen, and embryos to many other countries as well as other sheep related products thus significantly affecting the American sheep industry.

What are we doing to eradicate scrapie?

At Ladd View Ranch, all our sheep are genetically tested for scrapie susceptibility. Sheep with genetype RR and QR are resistant to scrapie. Genetype QQ sheep are not. Both our rams are genetype RR and pass on genetic resistance to scrapie to all their offspring. Thus all the lambs born at Ladd View Ranch are either genetype RR or QR. Our flock is also registered with the National Scrapie Eradication Program in which we keep records of all sheep bought and sold on our farm as well as receiving a certificate of veterinary inspection for any animal that is transported across state lines.


SHEEP MAINTENANCE:
All our lambs will have had their shots, been wormed, and hooves trimmed when they leave our farm.

SHOTS: CD/T shot annually

WORMING: Sheep Drench annually or bi-annually depending on parasite problems in your locality

SHEARING: Annually in the spring or early summer; lambs do not need to be sheared until they are a year old

HOOF TRIMMING: We use a sharp pair of hand-held pruning shears or you can purchase specially designed hoof trimmers

Where do I purchase these?
from your local farm store or Premiere 1 has an extensive line of sheep products
 


Bringing Your Lambs Home:

Your lambs will probably be a bit shy around you when you first bring them home, but it won't take long before they learn to trust you if you begin spending time with them. It is important to interact with them quietly and gently because sheep "spook" easily especially when they are in an unfamiliar place with people they do not know. Have a small enclosure prepared for your lambs, so that you can get acquainted more easily. Begin by giving them small treats of lamb grain in a bucket. They will quickly come running whenever they hear you shake the bucket!  Once you and your lamb have gotten acquainted, slip a halter on the lamb and begin halter breaking. Sheep have a "go" button at the base of the tail. If you squeeze that spot, they naturally walk forward. They may be obstinate at first, but as you spend more time with them, they will learn to trust and follow you. Children and Babydolls make natural companions, don't let your child miss out on the opportunity to be a shepherd!