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 Post subject: Gwydion's Damara Sheep
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:29 pm 
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I am planning (or better preparing the block) to get some Damara sheep.

At the back of the block we had 2.5 acres of wilderness and every dry season we have to worry about fires because of all the high dry grass.

I just put in 4 impact sprinklers and 4 troughs with are fed directly from a 3 litre per second bore. The troughs have float valves and fill up every time the sprinkler starts which will be 2 times a day for the start. Every sprinkler covers a circle of roughly 35m in diameter and i would like to grow some grass under 2 and maybe lucerne or some other foraging plants under the other 2.

The 2.5 acre are divided now into 2 equal size blocks with 2 of the sprinklers each. So the plan is to move stock from one half to the other every 6 weeks depending on the plant growth.

I got recommended not to go over 3 ewes and 1 ram on this size to allow for enough food for the lambs. In the wet it should not be a problem, if we get a proper one, not like the last one. :/

My dogs are a little disappointed that they cant roam the whole block anymore, but the will like the sheep and sit on the fence all day i guess, maybe i will provide some water for the dogs as well and shade. ;)

The perimeter fence is 3 feet pig mesh plus 2 feet of barb wire on top, just added another foot of barbed wire.

Will be nice to have some different food in between all the fresh barramundi. :D
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:08 pm 
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Looks great! Will be a nice addition


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 1:08 pm 
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We just picked up three damara x dorper sheep. Pretty exciting, our little farm... Chicken, sheep, barramundi, rabbits...

Pictures will follow later when they settled down a bit.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:44 am 
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Nice work. Look forward to pics


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:31 pm 
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They are coming closer every day...


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:32 pm 
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And i can pick up a ram in one and a half weeks.

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They look fantastic! Your fence seems strong.

Do you have to worry about dingos of foxes?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:16 pm 
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I think the dogs to look out for are stray hunting dogs. No foxes around here and the dingoes will run away when they hear our dogs, one is a wolfhound / German pointer mix and even i sit upright in my bed when she barks in the night.

One of the sheep has a runny nose at the moment and we hope it clears without a visit of the vet. Weird because it is the one which was eating out of our hands first and now she does eat only very little but who does with a blocked nose? ;)

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:14 am 
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Thats sound like a pretty good dog!

How is Australia going?


I would recommend quanatine for a few days, at least I would do it with my animals.


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One of our pet sheep gets a runny nose but she seems to get through it.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:11 pm 
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We tried today with just spreading the feed and than leaving the paddock and we could see all of them eating.

I think the sheep with the runny nose just smells us differently and is a little bit more cautious. Maybe i should stop patting the dogs before i go to the sheep.

Just prepared the car to pick up the ram Friday morning and we did some planning... Where to put the enclosure (6 by 3m) for the qails?

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I would recommend a shady (less sun) place.


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Damn hasn't fencing changed a lot over the years, not even wooden strainer posts any more.. Hope you have lambs soon...

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:52 pm 
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Hey earthbound.

You should see the termites here, they don't even stop for ironwood or sheet metal... Territory tough ;)

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Are terites protected in your area? How do you build houses there?


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