Royal White® Sheep Association Official Site
Genuine Hair Sheep Royal White® ewlambs, photo courtesy Duwain/Sue Vinson Childress, Texas USA
The first new breed of sheep developed in the USA in over 25 years. http://ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/sheep/royalwhite
Royals are super fast growing lambs, with high survival rates.Cattle operators, dairies, goat producers, hog operators seeking to diversify, baby boomers, those looking for a hobby and some extra income, existing commercial sheep producers looking to improve their flocks in terms of less expense, less labor with more production. Ethnic buyers desire this lamb due to it's leanness and high carcass yields with low fat. The demand for high quality pure hair lambs is and has been high, these sheep possess high performance bundled traits, sorry, we don't allow upgrading from other sheep breeds for registration purposes, we see no need to dilute the traits or infuse unwanted traits in these high performance highly adaptable pure hair sheep. They ship well with low stress. Repeat commercial lamb buyers want consistency in the lamb they purchasef for meat. Breeders want good overall performance traits with the easycare benefits.
Spring is a good time to use Sulmet (gallon) to help prevent coccidosis in your sheep from rains making moist conditions on the ground. Use it in their drinking water periodically.
Make sure your pregnant ewes receive iodine during gestation periods, iodine salt or in minerals or feed. Also selenium if located in selenium deficient soil areas, mainly in the Northeast. Put a vitamin package in your feed, tubs etc, for growing lambs. Allow your lactating ewes with lambs to have access to energy, I used hard cook tubs 125# with protein, molasses and a vitamin package. Hard cooked only. You may want to place vertically versus flat on the ground, thus lambs can't jump in and mess up. Make sure you tighten down the container well with straps when placed vertically as the lambs can get killed if it drops down on them. Attach it to a fence post. Keep that tub clean on the top. Make sure they have adequate roughage and water available when they consume these tubs. Verify the tubs don't contain more than 20% PPM of copper in the material. Keep your heavy bred ewes moving versus laying around too often as they need to develop those lambing muscles, reduces chances of prolapses and bloat.
Hoove problems: For those new to sheep and have Royals, particularly those in the Northeast with heavier rainfall this year and muddy conditions.. Many who started out with a few now have alot more Royals. These lambs grow extremely fast the first 6 months after birth. That includes fast hoove growth. Limping, could be caused by thorn, could be signs of foot rot or footscald. Footrot is different then foot scald, and it takes two types of bacteria to cause it which can remain in the soil and others can be infected. Treat with sulfates, hoove baths and antibiotics.
Footscald is infection in the small circular gland at the top of the hooves inbetween the hooves, caused by clogging of the gland with dirt etc. Clean the area. Pour some peroxide on it and give some pennicillan daily dose SQ msybe domr neosporin salve as well. When you pruchase sheep inspect the hooves lift up and smell for foul oder (sign of potential footrot), particularly those that are limping. Make sure you have some limestone or other forms of rock around where your sheep commingle, consistently travel and around water troughs, mineral feed areas, etc.
In areas like Texas the soil is mostly sandy loam versus many areas in the Northeast which is generally clay, clay retains water longer and closer to the surface versus sandy loam types of soils. Learn to trim the hooves properly, check into the tilt tables from say Sydell Equipment . Inspect any new sheep you bring in for any disease including hoove problems. Keep them isolated for a period before turning in to main flock. Don't overcrowd your fields, 6 sheep per 1 head of cattle is basically the rule for stocking. Rotate your sheep. Keep in mind these lambs will grow super fast until full grown. Remove the dirt accumulation around the inside outside areas, trim. Cut the hoove straight across at the tip of the hoove. Good trimmers availablle at Premier 1 Sheep Supplies in Iowa. Don't count on a veternarian to give you the correct answers in the Northeast, they don't teach sheep anymore in most vet schools. They specialize today generally in dogs and cats, birds; ones who know sheep are dying off or too far away from you. Prevention is the key, read about Foot Rot in sheep and Footscald and learn...Google
Royal White® lambs above, note the pure white pristine hair coat.
Royal White® Certified Tags for Type A (normal tail) Orange Colored with specific ID number