Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pasture Happenings-Summer



This summer has been fleeting, and I for one am not ready to move into Fall. Not that I don't love Fall, I do....I just dread what comes next!

Mike mowed the pastures twice this year, trying to rid our fields of the thistle and burdock. We are hoping that it helps in the long run.




The sheep have had an abundance of grass and browse this year. With the temps being moderate, we really didn't experience a slow down of grass growth, like we normally do in the heat of summer.








 We will be sorting lambs again this week, the plan is to keep all of the ewe lambs to grow the flock.








We have had some hot, humid days this week. You can usually find the sheep in Mulberry row during the heat of the day, and out browsing during the evening when it cools down.






This is our one and only Blue Faced Leicester. I bought her from another farm this year, she is "middle aged" but I am happy to have her here. We are trying to find a BFL ram to breed her to this fall, so we can have some BFL lambs. I would like to have a few more in the flock. 




Earlier this summer we noticed a plant growing in the barnyard that I thought maybe was squash. We finally figured out what it was...Pumpkins. We threw some pumpkins out there last fall...how nice that we were gifted with some new pumpkins this year. It was a fun surprise!


How do you feel about summer winding down?




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19 comments:

  1. I'm ready for cooler weather and some much needed rain, but I'm still hoping to get some fall crops planted and get a harvest before our frosts arrive the end of October. Your herd is beautiful! I always enjoy getting a glimpse of the variety you have. How is your spinning doing?

    Fern

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    1. I feel badly for those in dry areas. I wish we could share rain!!

      I would love to try some fall crops, your garden is always an inspiration.

      I don't seem to do much handspinning in the summer months-the short days of winter, it gets used more often.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I have so much still on the to-do list, yet I am so looking forward to autumn and hoping is a wet one (like Fran.)

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    1. I have almost given up on my to do list this summer...Something always pops up and gets in the way!

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  3. Enjoyed the sheep photos, great shots. We only have dogs right now so I've been mowing, mowing, mowing since spring. Fall is welcome as far as I'm concerned. Those thistles are a pain, and I think I mentioned before that there was a time when it was illegal to let them grow on any property, but things have changed since the number of farms has bottomed out - now everyone in subdivisions puts thistle seeds in feeders for the birds, and they are making a monstrously devastating comeback...sigh.
    Have a great Wednesday!

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    1. Thank you!
      I dislike the thistle and hope we can get it under control!
      Too bad that it is used in bird seed!!

      I love Fall, it is just the winter that follows I am not looking forward to, especially here in the North.

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  4. Whooa your pumpkins are loads bigger than mine!! Ours are still flowers..and the odd swelling! Your photographs really capture how relaxed and chilled out the flock is...at least on that lovely day! I'm sure they have their moments.

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    1. This is a great time of year for raising sheep. Easy! Winter months are more work.

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  5. and..the pumpkins without even trying!! Fantastic.

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    1. Yes! We thought it was a wonderful surprise :)

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  6. Your BFL has a cute face!! I love when my compost pile produces!

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    1. Thank you!
      We threw them out there thinking the goats may like them. Never expected to get repaid with more pumpkins :)

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  7. What a beautiful herd! My hubby and I are complementing on buying a couple of baby lambs next year to add to our growing "pets" here at home in the countryside. We want to make sure we are equipped with enough knowledge on how to care for them particularly during the winter months. Your blog is a very source of information for us. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you! I am glad you stopped by!
      Good luck with your sheep venture :)

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  8. I love the beautiful photos of your sheep Sandra! The pumpkins were a nice surprise! I am so ready for fall. I can not wait! Hope that's not wishing my time away, but if is so hot and miserably humid here that I can' wait for that first little cool nip of air of a fall morning.

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    1. We have had very few hot/humid days here this summer, or I would be wishing for fall too. I am just dreading another really cold winter....

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  9. Your sheep are beautiful, I love these animals they always look so peaceful.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

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  10. I am savoring each and every day of August. I am a Mitten State resident too and these last two winters have been a little brutal! I like the look of your brown sheep. What breed is that?

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  11. I just love these pictures and the Queen Anne's lace!

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