HANDY INFORMATION AND PRODUCTS
The below links and articles are meant to be helpful. Plus some are required information you will need to know when raising sheep in Canada. **Especial if you intend on breeding and selling**
I strongly suggest you familiarize yourself with 'The Canadian Code of Practice For The Care and Handling of Sheep'. Owning and raising Babydolls does not exempt you even if they are pets.
You are going to need to shear your Babydoll. Here are two options; Hire a shearer or become a shearer.
We purchased this water hose for the farm. We were so frustrated with kinks, breakage and poor leaking connections with so called farm water hoses. So far we are loving it. Careful it has lots of water pressure.
Hoof trimming will be part of your sheep husbandry management. I have tried a few different hoof trimmers but the ASR brand are my favourite. Wool Growers is one of the places you can get them.
One thing I have learned, is lambing can get messy. If you have to help a ewe lamb you are likely to get wet. I like to wear these splash pants over my other pants. Definitely keeps me dryer and more comfortable to carry on with lambing and chores.
One of my favourite books, especially when first starting out as a shepherd.
Lots of great information from facility ideas, breeding, care and general sheep husbandry.
We practice biosecurity here. These footwear covers are great. Clients have appreciated not having mud, dirt, manure and such tracked into their vehicles while keeping their footwear clean.
However, animals accessible only to the person or persons that are responsible for the care and control of such an animal will be exempt from the rabies vaccination requirement. This includes farm staff, transporters, veterinarians, artificial insemination and ultrasound technicians, abattoir and sales barn staff, and shearers. OSF has been working with the Beef Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture to get clarity on the changes. OSF believes that the overwhelming majority of commercial sheep and cattle will not be required to be vaccinated. Further, animals participating in 4-H and other livestock events (i.e. fall fairs, The Royal) will not be subject to the requirement provided "reasonable measures" (i.e. signage, physical barriers, etc.) are in place to prevent persons not authorized to handle or interact with animals from accessing animals. The rabies vaccination requirement is focused on "animal experience" events and interactive animal exhibits, where members of the public are intended to handle or pet animals. Public events where livestock are present (i.e. The Royal, fall fairs, Breakfast on the Farm) are not considered to be "animal experience" events and are not subject to the requirement.
The Ministry is planning to host a webinar with more information in the future.