Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Welcome to our website! We're so glad you dropped in for a visit. Our farm consists of 50 acres of green rolling grass and clover fields that are home to 90 ewes and their lambs. They happily munch their day away eating grass and clover. Our goal since we became Bear Creek Sheep Station in 1987 has been to raise lamb and wool in a sustainable way with the use of good conservation and land stewardship practices.
The farm goes through an annual cycle of production. May through September, our months of growing season here in Wisconsin, we manage our permanent pastures using intensive rotational grazing methods. Late fall into early winter, when the grass is dormant, our sheep are in the pastures grazing stock piled grasses. Winter sees the flock still outdoors, gathered around a hay station feeder of big square bales, using their 6" of wool to keep them comfortably warm. By mid March the ewes are in the barnyard with access to the barn in preparation for lambing in April.
A FIRST AT BEAR CREEK SHEEP STATION: QUINTEPLETS REARED
We normally graft lambs off ewes that deliver quintuplets. "Tess" delivered 5 healthy lambs in 2013. However, we did not have any suitable adoptive mothers lamb in the short period after she lambed. We left all the lambs on her, rotating their access to nurse her to prevent any from falling behind for the first two weeks of life and introduced them to creep feed. Tess dutifully mothered them all. She was with our "quad group", rotationally grazed while having creep feed available for the lambs. The above picture was taken in late June, the lambs were about 10 weeks old, when we put the quad group with the main flock.