Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Winter on the Farm, Brrr
The Holidays are over, Mike is back to work and I am trying to get back into some sort of routine.
The weather was pretty mild in December and not much snow. Well, that is changing with January. Winter has finally decided to arrive in full force. Below zero temps are coming...Brrrrr...
The guy we purchased wood from the last couple of years didn't have any available until December. We couldn't wait that long so that meant spending some Saturdays cutting wood on our property. There were quite a few downed and dead trees that make for some great firewood. We saved a bundle ($), and are hoping that we will only have to buy a few loads this year.
The sheep are all bred. We have a few Tunis ewes that are due in a few weeks, hoping for some good fair lambs. The rest of the ewes will not be lambing until April.
This is our first year using round bales. We were expecting more waste, and messier fleeces. Thankfully, that hasn't been the case. Mike made a couple of make shift bale feeders from some panels that we had. So far so good. The feeders have managed to keep even the goats from jumping on the top of the bales. A big plus, it is a LOT less work than feeding square bales.
We attended a Sheep Symposium this past weekend, that is always a good time. This year we entered the Photography contest- Our Snowy Ewe photo received first place in the Portrait of a Sheep category and Overall Best of Show. I was very excited, especially when I found out the prizes were a sheep mug and some Wool Socks. Just what I needed for winter :)