(music, sheep baaing) (narrator) Ovine farming is a good alternative livestock to farm thanks to all the qualities the breed possesses and all the Colombian geographic possibilities that make it a viable option. We take care of the health, the nutrition, of the offspring, and that they develop the characteristics of their breed. (narrator) There are more than 200 breeds of sheep around the world. Each breed possesses its own characteristics that can make them important in the moment of including one to the farm. The sheep is an animal that has accompanied the small and medium sized farmer for many years, being an important source of nourishment and sustenance in Colombia. Santander Department, Sabana de Torres Municipality.
Average Temperature: 28ºC To start, we will slowly introduce the pure breeds you can find in this ranch. The Dorper is a South African breed, which resulted from crossing the Dorset with the Persian. (narrator) This breed has a quiet temperament and vigorous appearance. The ewes possess a strong maternal instinct, a long productive life and a facility to give birth at their desired weight, as well as excellent results in weanings. The Dorper performs well in different climates and is considered one of the best breeds for producing a high yielding carcass, as well as for being low maintenance. All these characteristics make it an excellent option for improving the genetics of the flock at a low cost, therefore improving earning levels. -baa, baa- The White Dorper is a South African breed that resulted from the cross between The Dorset and the Van Rooy. These breeds are the end product, since they are bred for their meat. (narrator) This is a rustic breed, which can easily adapt to different environments. It has a strong maternal instinct and its meat is lean. The Santa Inés is a breed from Brazil, derived from crossing native coarse-wooled sheep with the Bergamasca. This is a very versatile breed, for it adapts easily to both grazing and stabling. (narrator) The Santa Inés is low in fat and produces high quality leather. They stand out for producing very large ewes, with good udders, and with an excellent maternal instinct. Their diet consists of fodder, moringa and silage, as well as concentrate, to be given freely three times a day. (music) When the animals are two months of age, we start preparing them for exhibition. We spoil and baby them, take them to pasture, and take care to bathe them,
fix their legs and sheer them. -ay no- The preparation for animals participating in a sheep show begins when they are two months old. The first step is taming. This consists of touching the animal, caressing him, spoiling him. With this they start to recognize your odor and start to trust you. (narrator) Then you place the head stall.
This must be done with patience, dedication and tenderness in order to procure confidence and security in the animal and avoid trauma. For this it is necessary to have an animal guide, an adult animal that has already received training. (music) Once they are introduced to the head stall, and trust it, we start tying them up to the handling pole. At first we need to tie them up long, then we shorten the reign to the point that they’re almost glued to the pole. (music) (narrator) When the animals learn to be calm at the handling pole, they start spinning at the umbrella. This also counts on the guidance of an adult animal. It is easier for them to learn to walk with the head stall this way. -baa- Once they walk, they start to handle the soft and hard courses so that when they walk out to be judged at a show they can recognize and adapt to any type of floor. It is essential that when training the animals, to expose them to different types of sounds.
I use music from different places so when the moment comes to go out on the runway, they can walk calmly without being bothered by the noise, so they can be led as well as stand appropriately. (narrator) To conclude, Marly will display the proper way the sheep must stand at the time of judgment. She starts by touching gently the whole animal until reaching the legs, that way getting them used to being manipulated without a problem. (woman) When you take an animal out on the course, you feel a mix of excitement and nerves. That’s because you’ve been taking care of them, and you’re afraid that things might not turn out well. But once the animal receives its prize, its ribbon, you feel an unrivaled emotion once you see that all the effort you placed into these animals is bearing its fruit. When I win I cry.. On the other hand, when an animal goes out and doesn’t get a ribbon, you feel sadness, but at the same time you hold out hope that maybe next time we can get a prize, since the training and the handling of animals will always be taking place. (music and sheep baaing)