To be honest I know very little about these sheep. What I do know is that they were severely neglected. The ones that were born on the previous owners land were malnourished to the point of stunting their growth.
I harped on the previous owners about the food choice. She was feeding them goat scrub, this stuff was so bad that I wouldn't have fed it too my own goats. When I took over caring for them on the previous owners property I feed them dairy cattle quality hay. Soon I discovered that the water troughs that they supplied had holes in them. They couldn't hold water. I slowly started moving the sheep over to my property, with permission. I fixed one of the trough so it could hold water. Then got a phone call chewing me out for neglecting the sheep. I was flabbergasted! I was improving the health of these animals. Not only was the feed she was giving them horrid, they were in a small pen standing and sleeping in 2 feet of fodder and manure. I was doing the best I could for them in the situation they were in. I had most of them moved, but the remaining sheep and donkey were to go to someone else that she said could take better care of them.
Because of their neglect, the donkey had hoof root and fevered. She was put down.
The sheep born here on my homestead are already close to the same size as their mothers, and should be larger once fully grown. You can see the abuse in the other sheep.
But you can only do so much after years of damage. Hopefully we will lose no more because of the neglect. We have had them less than a year, and it had taken months to get them to sustain a decent weight.
The sheep that died had a daughter, she is close to the weening age, and seems to be doing just fine without her mother. She is the most popular girl in the lamb sect. Racing all the boys through the fields. She is healthy.
I enjoy watching the lambs race and play.
We named the bull calf Yogi. I keep forgetting to mention that. Yogi the Bull.