If only we knew what we were getting into, we would never do it! So, I guess the good thing is we don’t know what we get into!

The last couple of years, it has been quite shaky.

Sudden loss of my mom, moving to a new country where I had no family besides my husband and son and just a couple of friends.

Getting into Ranching life, almost dying twice in one day because of sheep, followed by a lengthy recovery, and the bonus it was all topped up by COVID!

In less than a year of moving back to Texas, we got a big load of 400 pregnant ewes. It was November 14 of 2019, can’t forget that date!

It was a chilly and windy day. While we were unloading the sheep, I had this weird feeling but couldn’t tell what it was.

The plan with the sheep was, is to get the sheep, let them have the lambs. So we gather the lambs and take them to the sale barn. Sounds very easy, right?

But, there is a saying, “If only I knew what I was getting into, I would never do it!” So, I guess the good thing is we don’t know what we get into. But Cody and I are not quitters, and we always push thru no matter what it takes.

The ewes we got were all from the sale barn. What its means is you get good, bad, and everything in between. We thought we’d be able to turn them around quickly. And to my immense surprise, we did. However, not without loss, blood, tears, emotional and physical pain.

I had not much knowledge about sheep at all, besides when I was a little kid. Cody had some, but it’s been a while since he has interacted with the sheep. Today two years later, after many books, research and practice, I feel like we turned into veterinarians and know all about sheep!

Sheep are very picky creatures. The lambs always try to find a way to die, and if they don’t find the way to die, they get eaten by predators such as coyotes, big cats, or birds.

Four hundred pregnant ewes, bred at different times, it meat five months of Lambing. We thought it was not a big deal, let them out on the pastures, Lamb on pasture, and pen them at night.

But it wasn’t that easy without lambing pens, guardian dogs, and it was a complete disaster!

Lambing on one hundred acre pastures is tricky. If they lamb far away from the pens, we need to carry the lambs to the pens across the pasture and ensure the ewe doesn’t lose eye contact. If she does, she runs back to where she lambed, and we have to do it all over.

And if we don’t pen them for the night, most likely, they’ll be eaten by coyotes.

Assisting the ewes with Lambing is always hard and painful. I still can not pull the lambs out, maybe because I know what it’s like when you have the baby. However, Cody became a pro and did it with ease.

I remember standing under a cold rain, holding fleshlight and clutching my hands. After over an hour of trying to help a ewe with the Lambing, there was no luck. Sometimes no matter what you do and how you do, you just can not pull the lambs out due to the worm hole the ewe has. It means the ewe is with defect, and her birth canal is tiny like a little hole, and the lambs can not pass thru.,

Moments like this are the hardest and terrifying. But, unfortunately, we, as the ranchers, have to make a decision. Rush the ewe to the vet for an emergency C-section or put her out so she doesn’t suffer. If we take her to the vet, there is no guarantee that ewe and the lambs will make it. And if they make it, there is a small chance that lambs will thrive, and a ewe will recover smoothly. In the end, we would have a couple of thousand-dollar bills.

I know it might sound harsh, but we had to put them out. It was mentally disturbing, painful, and terrifying. But, we did what was best for ewe and us. We’ve learned a lot about Lambing those five months, a lot!

When Lambing was finally over, and we needed rams for the subsequent breeding.

So we went to Goldthwaite, TX, and got six beautiful rams from S bar and T Ranch. On our way back, we had a pretty bad accident. Lady hit us on red flashing light at about 70 miles. There was not much left from the truck, but Cody, I, and rams walked away from the accident.

The same day while we were penning the sheep on ATVs, I passed out, looked like I had a concussion from the first accident, and didn’t know about it. I hit a tree cable up to my chest, which sent me to ICU. But it is a different story, and you can read it on my blog.

In brace and eye patch, I was disabled for a couple of months. Cody had to take care of me, our son, sheep, cows, and everything else. He is an amazing husband, friend, and best dad!

On top of that, not much we knew about sheep parasites. Yes, you’ve heard me right, parasites. Every animal has parasites, and it needs to be appropriately managed.

It was spring, and we started to have the cases when a ewe or the big Lamb would suddenly fall and die, just like that! In a matter of minutes!

We figured out the cause quickly and took it under control, but we lost over 70 lambs and quite a few ewes.

Due to the loss of the ewes, we had lamb orphans, which we had to feed with the bottle. I remember walking to the pens three weeks after ICU and feeding them three times a day. But unfortunately, they died as well.

That’s the moment when you want to scream your lungs out and quit!

Above are just a few experiences with sheep we had within two years. If I keep on writing, it will be a very, very long story.

Today after quite a rollercoaster and hard work, we have a great system in place. We have a healthy flock, lambing pens, guardian dogs, luscious pastures, sheep proof fence lines.

We can rotate our flock regularly and let every pasture rest for three months to avoid parasite issues.

We established three groups of 100 ewes, Lambing, breeding, weaning.And it allows us to lamb every three months. So we get about 130 lambs every three months and harvest 7-10 lambs weekly throughout the year.

We have data on every ewe and Lamb. The app called Herdboss allows to input data on every animal and track it thru life.

If for any reason Lamb had to be treated, it goes off meat line. So only the best Lambs make it to your plates. All clean, natural products without any nasties in them!

Another terrifying process to overcome was and still is harvesting, picking, weighing, and taking the lambs to the processing facility.

But as my friend once said, we are giving our sheep the best possible life they can get. The only bad thing they ever see is the end, and that happens humanly and very fast.

And to be honest, our sheep are living a sheep’s dream life. They are. They have good life animals deserve and very caring Shepards, which is Cody and me.

I was still wearing a brace and an eye patch when I was shopping at HEB for the groceries.

My eye caught the Lamb in the meat Isle, and it didn’t look appealing at all. But, we’ve been eating our Lamb already, and I knew how good it was!

The moment of truth, enlightenment! Right at that moment, I thought, ” why not offer our fabulous lamb to the public!?” After all, it’s pretty hard work to raise the sheep, and instead of taking them to the sale barn, let us do the meat!

The idea was born in the Spring of 2020, and we had Lamb ready for sale in February of 2021.

We are very proud of what we have to offer, and we’ll do our best to keep providing you and your family the quality local Lamb you deserve.

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