Our flock is made up of old breeds such as Katadhin, Dorper, Barbados, Suffolk, and Jacob’s sheep. We aim for a medium frame sheep that will do best on a natural, all-pasture diet.
We shear our sheep ourselves, and work with them daily to minimize stress. They are never given insecticide wormers, as are most sheep, and are purely grass-fed.
Our lamb and mutton is finished over the summer and into the fall. We take orders for sides and wholes, and your lamb and mutton is prepared to your specifications by our local butcher.
To the left is a Suffolk ewe whom we call “the bell sheep”, since she wears the bell, and, being the friendliest sheep, leads the flock when we work with them (more or less...) Her cooperativeness has earned her tenure at the farm.
To the right is our Jacob ram, the dominant male in the flock.
A Note on Worming Methods
At Easter Rising, we do not use artificial wormers to treat our livestock. By feeding the animals only their natural foods and making sure they have a mineral rich diet, we avoid disease and parasite problems, rather than merely treating them. A natural herd-life, rotational and inter-species grazing, and strong immune systems keep the animals healthy without the use of chemicals.
We use several methods to ‘worm’ our livestock: Shaklee’s Basic H, wood ash, garlic, and Diatomaceous Earth. Shaklee’s is an all-natural surfactant derived from soybeans. Diatomaceous Earth is a powdery substance composed of pulverized diatom fossils. We administer both through the animals’ mineral supplements or water.