By Kyle Sharp
Bob Hendershot has been raising sheep on his 55-acre farm in Pickaway County since he and his wife, Connie, moved their family there in 1984. And considering Hendershot is the state grassland specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), it’s not too surprising that his sheep spend almost the entire year out of the barn and on grass at Windy Hill Farm.
“In a perfect world, they would be eating all grass, 365 days of the year,” he said. “But usually it ends up being 340 to 350 days they forage for their feed.”
The rare occasions that cause Hendershot to move his sheep to the barn and feed them on a heavy-use pad completed in fall 2009 include when the snow gets too deep for his sheep to effectively graze, when ice is too thick on the grass to be broken, or when a dry summer forces the sheep off the fields so stockpiling can begin for winter feed.… Continue readingRead More »