Friday, August 19, 2016

Bluefaced Leicester Ram Added to the Farm



Just what we need on the farm, another Ram!

We have added Bluefaced Leicester ewes to our flock, along with a couple of Bluefaced/Border Leicester crosses over the last two years.  I wanted to add more and the most cost effective way for me to do that, is breed what I have to a Bluefaced Leicester ram and grow my flock instead of buying it.

Border Leicesters are my favorite- easy keepers (they pretty much take care of themselves), beautiful fleeces, stylish looks, nice lambs that grow well on grass, all a girl could want in a sheep.

So why add the Bluefaced Leicesters?

The fleece is where you see the biggest difference in the two breeds. The BFL's offer a finer fleece than the Border's do. Who doesn't want variety, especially, when it comes to wool?

I am excited for this addition and I think the two breeds will compliment each other.

We had to think long and hard, if we wanted to add another Ram. Unlike the ewes, they can't just be added to the flock. There are separate housing issues to take into consideration. The guys just do not want to get along! Most likely it means adding more pasture and putting up more fences to house these boys. Stalls in the barn are not my first choice.(more work)

I can't wait to see his lambs next year!

P.S. For some reason, unlike the ewes, all of our rams get a name.  He came with one, but it will need to be changed due to a bad acquaintance, any ideas?


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Monday, August 15, 2016

Survived another Fair



Okay, the title sounds a little dramatic but that is the feeling on the last day of fair. County fair has been part of our summer schedule since our oldest was 10. It is a week filled with morning chores, livestock shows, craft projects etc. all during what always seems to be the hottest week of the summer.  On the last day, I am thinking "whew, glad that is over". The girls, on the other hand, are already planning for next year.

Border Leicester ewe lamb

Delaney's favorite part of fair is the sheep project. She had several sheep in the barn, market project, plus some Border Leicester for the wool sheep classes. 


Did NOT like the wash rack!

Scout looking very pleased with his first place ribbon.




This was the first year that I entered a project in the open class. I took some handspun yarn. I think it was the first time that they seen handspun yarn. The woman who checked me in told me that people bring things made from yarn, not the yarn itself. (she said that more than once). She decided to put it in the "most unusual" category. I told her I didn't think it was that unusual but I was met with a "no one does this anymore".   I am going to have to get more woman from our fiber group to enter next year, they won't know what hit 'em. ;)

Anyone else enter into their county fair?


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #64



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Typical fair week...no extra time for anything. 

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Our Simple Homestead Hop #63



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Fair is this Saturday, so life is a little crazy around the farm. Sheep getting sheared, goats getting clipped, educational posters being created, and decorating 4 H pens. Thankfully the girls are older and pretty much do all of the work, there are just so many little things that need to get done to make it all happen.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Our Simple Homestead Hop #62


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Another hot week in Michigan. Waiting for our hay to get mowed...maybe next week! 

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Spinning With the Tour De Fleece

Bluefaced Leicester-Angora
The Tour De Fleece has come to an end-three weeks of spinning almost every day.  It is a great time to use up that wool stash. 


Border Leicester on the Wheel

I spun Border Leicester, Bluefaced Leicester,
 Romney, Cotswold and Angora
 
Angora-Bluefaced Leicester blend

Delaney's angora rabbit died unexpectedly a couple of months ago. We had some of her wool saved up from the past year.
 I blended it with some Bluefaced Leicester.
It was a little bit of a challenge to spin with the added Angora.
(Challenge Day)
Angora-Bluefaced blend on the wheel

I plan on using the yarn to knit up something for Delaney, so she has something made, from the wool, of her beloved bunny.
Romney Lamb

Romney Lamb fleece, she was a messy lamb,
 and there was quite a bit of VM in her fleece.
I love the color, as I don't get many brown fleeces from the sheep.
It was worth the extra work,  picking out pieces of hay.

Blue Faced Leicester Yarn

The Bluefaced Leicester was a fun spin.
What color to dye it?



I tried some bulky yarn with the Cotswold roving 
that I picked up at the Wooster Ohio fiber show.



It has been so hot here, there was only one day of outdoor spinning.
The rest of the spinning was done
 in front of a fan or air conditioner. 


The total yards spun 1,380






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