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School Tours

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At Grace Heritage Ranch, we enjoy passing on what we learn. Some of the articles you read here will be directly informational, some are what we learned from a recent experience, and some are just for giving you a glimpse into what we’re doing out here. Today, I’d like to…

Killdeer

Killdeer

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Walking down the path one day, you notice a small, long-legged, brown and white bird with two black stripes around its neck. The bird appears to be injured, since it’s limping and dragging a wing along the ground behind it. Every once in a while it lets out a pitiful…

Am I the Records Keeper?

Am I the Records Keeper?

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One thing we’ve had to learn (and are still learning) at Grace Heritage Ranch is how to keep records of everything that goes on. Heaven forbid that papers are lying everywhere with scribbled notes of important information that can’t be forgotten, only to find that when you need it, it…

Ride That Ram!

Ride That Ram!

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Every week now we drenched the goats at GHR with a natural dewormer, and that means the sheep need it too. And if the sheep need it, that includes the ram. Dundee is our resident Jacob sheep ram, and he would like you to know that he most certainly does…

You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat

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Walking down the grocery store aisle towards the eggs, you arrive at your destination only to be greeted with a plethora of decisions to be made. White eggs? Brown? Cage-free? Organic? Pasture raised? Vegetarian-diet fed? Or just the regular store eggs? In the coming articles we will go over exactly…

Double Check

Double Check

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The Embden geese have laid several clutches of eggs this year with a total of 10 new goslings. These have all been hatched in the incubator, but for this final clutch we decided to let the geese hatch and raise them. The place they chose for their nest site was…

Poisonous Snakes

Poisonous Snakes

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What would you think if someone suddenly pointed across the yard and shouted, “Look! A poisonous snake!” Would you panic? Run up to catch it? Or would you simply laugh and say, “There’s no such thing as a ‘poisonous snake.’? Actually, you would be pretty correct in making that last…

A Cut Above The Rest

A Cut Above The Rest

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Now that we’ve decided on scissor hand-shearing, what’s next? Just trim the fur, right? Yes, and no. There is actually a method developed by (you guessed it) the shearers in New Zealand. There is a pattern of cuts, called blows, that will keep the fleece basically in one piece when…

Wool Over Your Eyes

Wool Over Your Eyes

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As mentioned in our last article, woolly sheep need to be sheared regularly. If they are not, their wool will continue to grow. Some breeds will have their wool grow longer than others, which would become problematic for the sheep. They could overheat (depending on the climate), lose mobility, and…

Feeling Sheepish

Feeling Sheepish

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If you’ve been following our articles, you might have noticed a learning trend. Lately we’ve been having a couple of new experiences with processing chickens and most recently a steer. It’s definitely not easy, and some family members handle it better than others, but that’s just part of what makes…

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