Friday, April 24, 2015

Waterlogged




We are in our second round of lambing. We are having better weather than we did in March, but it has been WET!

Sunday,  we decided to bring the lambs that were born on pasture (1-4 days old) into the barn with their mothers. It was pouring rain and 40 degrees,  with a prediction  of 30 degrees at night. The lambs do not have much wool growth, so we decided it was better to be safe than sorry.

It was quite a task, to catch them (yes, they are fast) and then carry them to the barn with the ewes following-one set at a time. When we were finished, we were all soaked! But, I slept better that night, knowing they were all cozy in the barn, out of the pouring rain.

Today, we docked tails, gave shots, and will put them in the barnyard. The weather is suppose to improve, so they will be back out on pasture by Monday.

The weather never seems to want to cooperate! We have about 10 more ewes to go, along with a few goats. Let's hope Mother Nature is kind to us.


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

The HomeAcre Hop #117



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Thursday, April 16, 2015

The HomeAcre Hop #116



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We started our second round of lambing this week. I am still sorting, skirting and washing fleeces.
My computer has been down most of the week, a situation that will be resolved in the next week. Doing blog post on an Ipad is not convenient.





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Friday, April 10, 2015

Lamb Love




Lambs, what's not to love? 

We have a group of March lambs that are doing well and they give us daily doses of cuteness. What other job does a lamb have, than to bring smiles to the faces of their onlookers?

One of our Red Heads

One of the "oops" lambs. Tunis/Border Leicester Crosses

Newt, the Bottle Lamb. If we are outside he is our shadow.

She is a dainty little lamb. Border Leicester/Tunis Cross. "Daisy"



We are getting ready for our second round of lambing. Any day...





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Thursday, April 9, 2015

The HomeAcre Hop #115




We had our first goat babies this week. pictures to come later. We are getting ready for another round of lambing. I am still knee deep in wool, skirting and washing. Spring is busy!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sheep Shearing 2015



With the busyness of unexpected lambs, and shearing, March has flown by.

We sheared on March 20th, in the afternoon. It was a beautiful day with temps in the low 50's. Much better weather than last year when we were shearing at -2 degrees (in March)

The morning was spent, setting up pens to hold the sheep, adding crowding gates, sorting gate, and chutes.

The ewes with new lambs were bought over from the gray barn, and set up in their own pen, They would be sheared first.

When the shearer arrived, we had 29 sheep waiting to be sheared. Their wool coats were ready to come off, especially the Border Leicesters. We could shear them twice a year, since their locks get so long. They start looking a little tattered after 12 months growth.

Shearing happens in the barn, one sheep at at time. Once the shearing begins, things move quickly.

When the sheep get sheared it is a great time to look her over.
How is her body condition? (hard to tell under all of that wool)
Do her hooves need trimmed? Does she need a new ear tag?
And they all get a dose of Prohibit (for internal parasites) before being put back in the pasture.

Everyone has their stations-
Mike and Delaney work in the pens,bringing the sheep in and out, and help me with tagging (if needed) and administering the meds. They also check hooves, and trim when needed. (the worse job)
Regan is in charge of the wool-filling out cards, so we know what ewe belongs with what fleece, and sweeping the shearing area when needed.
I grab the fleeces when the shearer is finished, pull out any yucky parts (ex. poop tags), and place the fleece and card on tarp for future skirting.

This year things went pretty smoothly, only one injury-me, getting my arm twisted by a crazy ewe lamb, trying to escape being moved into the pen. We save the ewe lambs for last, they always cause the most trouble. They have not done this before, and they are not use to being handled. Next year, will be a little easier on them, and us.

The actual shearing takes but a few minutes. They get handled in a way that keeps them calm and still. The younger ewes sometimes show their displeasure and give the shearer a hard time. But, with some patience and experience, he manages to get the job done.

Two hours later, the sheep are back where they belong, the shearer is loading up his truck, and we are putting things back where they belong, happy that we are done, until next year!

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

The HomeAcre Hop#114



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I hope Spring has Sprung in your area. We are just now noticing the grass starting to green up.

I see that some are starting gardens already, I am envious. We are starting some seeds indoors and I should be able to get peas in the raise beds this next week.

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