Sheep

Sheep

Sheep are considered dumb, a total misconception. Try to pen a herd of sheep and you will soon find that they are smarter than you think. While they are strong on the herd instinct, they have their own unique ways. When trying to control any animal, one must out think the animal and to accomplish this you must observe the animal’s daily habits and routines. My sheep go to water about the same time each day. A mother with a young lamb will isolate herself until she is fully bonded with the lamb or lambs. A castrated sheep will go his own way, often away from the herd. Once you grab a mature sheep by the back leg and throw the sheep down, they will remain still and not resist. I recently sheared my sheep and killed two castrated lambs for the freezer. I enjoy eating lamb and while in New Zealand visiting a large sheep station or ranch I had lunch at the headquarters. I was served a stew with lamb, sweet potatoes and carrots, seasoned with onions and garlic. It was so tasty that I have duplicated it. The meat of a lamb killed without stress is lean and pale, not strong tasting or gamey. The flavor of the meat is determined how the animal was killed and the preservation of the finished product. Cleanliness is important as is the heat, the flies and the cooling of the meat as well as the skinning and gutting of the animal. I prefer to eat only meat raised and killed on my ranch. I know what the animal has eaten and how the animal was processed. In this day and time, we often don’t know what we are consuming. I prefer home-raised whether it is meat, vegetables or fruit and I feel fortunate that I am able to do so.