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April 15, 2010

I love this time of year. It’s such a blessing to have the cool spring we’ve experienced. Seems like Oklahoma springtimes only last a minute before summer hits, but not so this year. This is perfect grass-growing weather with the warm (not hot days) and cool nights. Our C3 cool season grasses like fescue, bluegrass, and rye, along with the vetch and clover, thrive in these conditions. These are the most nutritious grasses the stock can eat, so the sheep are hap-hap-happy, too. We’re moving them daily to give them the best fresh pasture, and we’re going to leave the lambs on their mamas into June this year to see if we can get them to grow better after the hot weather hits.

I shot a little video yesterday. You can see how the sheep look forward to their daily paddock move 🙂

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 15, 2010 4:50 pm

    Nice video! How do you guys like the electric netting for fencing? Is that what’s needed to fence sheep in, or can you run turbowire (polywire) on step-in posts?

  2. April 15, 2010 10:40 pm

    Thanks! That’s my new YouTube-ready Casio camera!

    I love the electronet, especially when it’s hooked to a 110v charger (instead of solar). It is a lot faster to move than 4 strands of polywire, which is the minimum for fencing sheep. I wish my ewes respected the hot wire as well as pigs 🙂 The electronet is pricey, but worth it. We’ve been using rotational grazing on this farm for the last 3 years, and we’re really starting to see the increase in organic matter we expected. We could not do the daily moves without electronet.

  3. Sue Young permalink
    April 18, 2010 12:02 pm

    Stephen,
    I would concur that electronet or electrostop is only effective when wired into the barn or a 110v source. Using it with solar chargers was an exercise in patience, and the sheep would break out every other day or so, a real pain for the person or people putting them back into the pen. The ultimate in ease would be to have permanent paddocks, and we’re working on that.

  4. April 18, 2010 9:54 pm

    I’ve played this video several times over – just for fun!

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