A Failed Attempt at Purchasing Sheep

We’ve decided to add meat sheep to our farm.  Meat sheep are just that…sheep raised for meat.  The variety we’ll be raising are Katahdin sheep which not only taste delicious but have the added benefit of shedding their coat in the summer, so being able to skip the shearing process is a huge benefit.  If possible you want to start out with animals that have good genetics so purchasing them from a reputable farmer is a must.  After months of corresponding with regional breeders we settled on a farm three hours to the North where we’d make our purchase.

Everything seemed great until the moment that we actually met the farmer. The paperwork showing breeding and health history she was supposed to have?  She lost it and couldn’t produce backup copies.   The available pregnant ewes that we were sent pictures of?   Those were suddenly no longer for sale.  Other comparable ewes that ARE for sale?  No problem, but they’re mixed in with the rams and would have to be separated into a different pen.  Two hours later she finally had the ewes separated into a single pen…only to have them immediately break out of the gate which was held closed by a single strand of twine.  What a fiasco…missing paperwork,  incorrectly marked ear tags,  pens filled with poop a foot deep, prices suddenly jumping by $100, a farm seemingly held together by scotch tape and string, and a farmer who didn’t know her animals.

Enough was enough and the only thing that made my wasted time seem worthwhile was telling her why we wouldn’t be buying from her.

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