Good day to you. My name is John.
Let me tell you briefly why I decided to raise sheep.
I am a child of metropolitan suburbs and grew up in a neighborhood with sidewalks, curbs, and well-manicured lawns. The only animals I ever kept were cats, and the only animals I generally saw from day to day were the dogs, cats, and parakeets that lived in people’s homes. Now in my late sixties, I have lived none of my life on a farm.
Although I had for some time contemplated raising sheep just for the sake of enjoying the experience, I eventually bought my sheep for a very specific purpose—though I might better say for two very specific purposes. After buying a home in the country for my retirement, I now have to clear vegetation from my yard because of concerns about brush fires. But I am an old man and doing heavy yardwork is not easy.
One afternoon, I was talking with a new neighbor about the Forest Service requirement, and naturally, because I am in my late sixties, my ability to keep up with that work became the focus of our conversation. My neighbor mentioned that some people keep goats to do the weeding for them. From that time on I began to think more seriously about getting and raising a flock of sheep.
When one day quite unexpectedly the opportunity presented itself, I bought six bred ewes to start a flock to help me with this task. Now they do much of that work for me. But there is much more to my becoming a shepherd than just that one very practical reason.
Because I seek the One whom I follow, I have many questions to ask,
And because He called Himself "The Good Shepherd," I naturally want to know why He chose that title for Himself, that I might understand Him better. Certainly I can surmise from general knowledge about life and the animal kingdom a great deal of the rationale for that identity, but to know it intimately and personally to great depth, the only way to really know it is to do it. Because my relationship with God is the single most important thing in my life, the need to know Him on a deeply personal level made this decision to raise sheep—once I had a big enough yard to make it possible—an imperative for me. I believed that it was the only way I could truly get to understand this aspect of Him most intimately. Abel was a shepherd. Abraham was a shepherd. And these men are held out to us as examples of men who had an intimate relationship with God. I knew that this was no mere coincidence. For the circumstance of our own mortality—that we are carnivorous creatures who depend upon the slaying and eating of animals for our own temporal survival—is a matter of profound significance, and it cannot otherwise be than that a shepherd—who must also eat of the creatures that he loves and cares for—must confront this very stark reality head-on. Doubtlessly this very mortal circumstance must be, for a shepherd, a matter of some very profound contemplation; doubtlessly this very issue and its contemplation must have been a key component of the understanding that Abraham and the prophets had about the nature of God. And so I seek that same understanding . . . by raising sheep.
20 good reasons for keeping sheep
1. Sheep are lovely and cute.
2. Sheep don't stink like some animals do.
3. Sheep eat grass and weeds.
4. Sheep don't eat visitors or their children.
5. Sheep are friendly and emotional creatures.
6. Sheep are gentle and polite when they want to be.
7. Sheep are appreciative of good treatment
8. Sheep make you feel happy to be alive.
9. Sheep are relatively easy to care for.
10. Sheep entertain you and make you laugh.
11. Sheep teach you about human behavior.
12. Sheep mow your lawn and weed your orchard.
13. Sheep don't bark; they only bleat for lambs and food.
14. Sheep produce fleece, yarn, and wool.
15. Sheep's waste is tidy; if dry, it doesn't stink.
16. Sheep fertilize your lawn and fields.
17. Sheep beautify your yard and hillsides.
18. Lambs are playful and entertaining to watch.
19. Lambs are more cuddly than lizards or birds.
20. Lambs will melt your heart and fill it with joy.
ABOUT ROCKSTAIR FARM
Dual Registry Update
Due to a registration mixup and delay that were beyond our control, our 2016 lambs were registered only with NABSSAR even though the bred ewes we purchased had Olde English Babydoll Registry (OEBR) Certificates of Registration. Having just recently established with the new managers of the OEBR that all of the sheep in our flock are descended from OEBR pedigree ancestors, the mixup was resolved and we have now successfully obtained Olde English Certificates of Registry for all of our flock. Our Babydolls are now 100% dual-registered with OEBR (OEBMSSR) and NABSSAR. This increases their value substantially. That and our year-over-year increase in costs has made it necessary for us to raise this year's prices. The cost of dual-registration for each lamb is included in its price. Buyer may select the registered name for each lamb purchased provided that the name is chosen and we are notified of it before the lambs are registered. Transfer of registration into buyer's name shall be the responsibility of the buyer.