Here at Meadow Wood Farm, we raise Katahdin sheep which are hair sheep, not wool sheep. They grow their coat and fully shed it each year with the seasons so there is no need to shear their wool and their meat is more tender and has less of a gamey taste.
Our flock of sheep is entirely grass fed and rotationally grazed. Our flock is trained to electric fencing which allows us to move their pasture every day while protecting them from coyotes. We also protect our sheep with our donkey Buster. A former petting zoo donkey, Buster is incredibly sweet to people but exceptionally protective of his sheep. He has a distinctive bray and powerful kick that keeps any predators from attacking our sheep.
Each year we trade rams with the other sheep farmers in the area so we can breed our ladies. The ram is put in with the flock for a month or so to make sure he has time to visit each of the gals and then is pulled and returned to his home farm. Our lambs usually drop in early spring just as the grass is coming back. My favorite chore on the farm is checking on the pregnant mamas when they are due. There isn't a better sight that a ewe birthing her lamb with ease. Partly because we do not have the man power to bottle feed 30-50 lambs for months and also because we believe it is more humane to keep mama and child together, our lambs nurse on their mother until they naturally wean. The newborn lambs quickly learn the intricacies of the electric fence from the rest of the flock and smoothly learn how to rotate across the farm.
Our sheep are given a joyful, healthy, and safe life on the farm. They are butchered around the 1 year mark to produce tender, flavorful meat for our customers.