If this year has been a test of my commitment and resourcefulness, this morning provided a pop quiz. As I was setting up electronet for the next grazing rotation, I noticed something yellow in the field, something that turned out to be a big pile of cracked corn. I grabbed a bucket and scoop before I moved the sheep, since a big meal of grain can be fatal to sheep that aren’t accustomed to it.
The pile mostly filled a 5-gallon bucket and weighed between 25 and 30 pounds.
For reference, a safe amount of corn to feed a sheep who is unaccustomed to grain is about ¼ lb per day. And as I expected, the ewes quickly attacked the remaining corn when I moved them to the new pasture section.