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The excitement of breeding Romanov sheep.

A year ago my sister bought me my first subscription to your magazine. She has been a reader for many years.

Little did she know that the first magazine I received initiated an excitement within me when I read the article on Romanov sheep by some of your readers. (Sept/Oct. 1991 Vol. 75 No. 5)

As an avid sheep lover and backyard sheep hobbyist, I knew I had to find some of these unique sheep. With the help of Countryside I corresponded with several Romanov breeders. I was very pleased with all the responses and helpful information from Canada to Ohio.

Not two months later, two days following Christmas, 1991, our first regular Romanov flew in from Ohio via airplane and, unfortunately, Greyhound bus. Our closest airport was snowed in and the closest destination was some 200 miles away. Imagine the look on those holiday travelers' faces as they descended from a Greyhound bus with our first Romanov sheep! She was promptly named "Delta" in honor of the good care she received in transit.

Less than three weeks later she surprised us with two beautiful, healthy ewe lambs and we were hooked.

Well, that was a year and many Romanovs ago, and many things have since changed.

We sold our nice home with all the frills, i.e., satellite dish, hot tub, etc., and bought an old country farm with 60 acres. We hope to find a simpler way of life... raising our own hay, raising a fine garden, quietly watching the beautiful sunset, and the satisfaction of a day fulfilled.

There is a lot of work to be done, many fences to mend and repairs to be made, but as I pull in our driveway after a day at work, there's not a more rewarding sight as sixty little wooly faces eagerly await their evening grain and human camaraderie.

When the workday is finally replaced with a workday on the farm, I'll know my final goal has been met. Until then, I'll go to work knowing that good things come with time and a lot of effort, and the payoff will be well worth the countless hours on the time clock.

In a way, it is like going home again. As a child I was raised with many animals, participated in 4-H and dreamt of the day I would have a farm to call my own.

There's something to be said for the new life in the spring, lambs being born, gardens to grow and a renewal of life itself.

There's also a lot to be said for the quality of life we enjoy in our Big Sky state. We need to protect our resources so that our children can also, someday, enjoy a life that so few are privileged to know.

We've learned many things from the informative articles found in Countryside. What better way to educate ourselves than through one another's personal experience and knowledge. If we can help other readers in any way, we'd be happy to correspond. - Kelly

Buck goat confuses

breeding ram

In building a small herd of Pygmy dairy goats, a bit of information came my way that may be useful to someone.

A family running mainly sheep brought in a male goat for their few doe goats and let him run with the sheep. It was supposed to have been a big lambing spring in '92 with perhaps 33 ewes lambing. Instead, just three lambs were born.

It seems when the goat tried to copulate with the ewes, the odor of his semen masked the odor of the ewes in heat and the sheep ram let his chances go by and didn't breed with them.

Male goat was escorted off the farm and hopes are high once again for a good lambing spring of '93.
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Author:Carrick, Kelly
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:Mar 1, 1993
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