Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sheep in the Orchard



We have a guest Ram visiting the farm, we are "borrowing" him from a friend. Delaney wanted a Suffolk type ram to breed her Tunis ewes for fair lambs next year.

Having another ram on the farm, can be tricky. We need to keep him separate from our other rams, to prevent any brawls, and we don't want him with all of our ewes, just a select few for breeding.
This is a time when temporary electric fencing comes in handy. We have been able to keep him with a few of the Tunis ewes, without disrupting everything else.

The bonus-they are eating down the overgrown grass in the orchard! The sheep give no mind to the pear trees, unlike the goats, who would devour the trees before they gave a second thought to the grass.  The area is almost completely mowed down-sheep make great lawn mowers!

The ram will be returned at the end of the week- but for now he is  killing two birds with one stone.


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Monday, September 28, 2015

Shepherdess Notes: Fall Sheep Shearing



We decided that this year would be the year, that we would shear our long wool sheep in the fall as well as in the Spring.

Friday, the Romney's and Border Leicester's were given  a semi annual shearing.

They have always  given us beautiful, long locks and after a years growth, some of those locks are too long for the mill. We have contemplated shearing them more than once a year for many years and this year we decided to try it. I have heard of some, shearing their long wools every nine months, but with that schedule you end up shearing in the winter, and with our cold winters, I wanted to avoid that.




We typically shear in March before lambing, the fleeces have some VM (vegetable matter) in them from winter hay feeding. The fleeces from the fall shearing?  
They are so clean, with no hay to pick out. 




My main worry about shearing them in September, is how they will fare once the cold weather comes. They are usually sporting a pretty heavy fleece in the winter months and the last couple of winters with record breaking cold, it was needed.  Their wool grows pretty quickly, and they should end up with about as much cover as the Tunis sheep have, once the really cold weather comes. That is what we are hoping for. If not, then they may have to spend some of the winter inside the barn. We will have to see how it all works out. 



But, for now- I am happy! 
I have enough wool to keep my busy through the winter, 
some of the cleanest, prettiest wool that we have gotten from the sheep.

I am contemplating buying a few sheep coats, to try with a couple of the ewes. I have never used coats, and I am not sure if they are worth the cost and the hassle. I am not sure what the ladies will think of them either....



We are buying a new round bale hay feeder-Hopefully, one that will keep them from making such a mess of their wool!











Friday, September 25, 2015

Our Surprise Pumpkin Patch




We noticed some vines growing in the barnyard this summer, they looked a lot like squash plants.

We had some volunteer plants. I didn't expect them to produce, but produce they did... 30 something pumpkins came from that patch. What a nice Autumn Surprise...

I know they are not really "cooking" pumpkins, but I am going to use some of the smaller ones to make pumpkin puree. I will let you know how it turns out!

What do you do with your extra pumpkins?

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #18



September is flying by... So many things to do, and so little time to do them!

Our third cut of hay is being mowed, still canning tomatoes and pears, and the sheep are keeping us busy with fall shearing planned and breeding season coming up.

I am sure you are all as busy as well!  I hope you link up your post to share what you have been doing on your homesteads.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #17





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Monday, September 14, 2015

Keeping Us Busy In September



Each week, the plan has been to write more but life keeps interfering!

We have been busy these days, getting back into a school routine, preparing for a third cut of hay, working in wool mill, scheduling shearing for our Border Leicester ewes (first time shearing twice in one  year), taking lambs to market, organizing a Fiber Arts group in our community, canning, and getting ready for a craft show! That, mixed in with the every day stuff, I have not had much time to post.

I think it is a busy time for all of us.

We are getting ready to take the lambs to the livestock sale.  Some being almost as tall as the dams, they don't look much like lambs anymore, but it always a little sad, as it marks the end of another year of raising lambs.

Another shearing date has been scheduled for this year for the Border Leicester and Romney ewes. With their wool growth, we decided to try shearing them twice a year.

I have wanted to join a fiber arts group since I took an interest in spinning. I finally decided to start one myself. There have been quite a few people showing interest. Our first meeting is scheduled for next month. Wish us luck!

I am on my last bushel of pears...then on to tomatoes.

This week I will be running around doing last minute projects to get ready for our local Applefest-
I sighed up as a craft vendor with a friend of mine. At this point and time, I wonder why I did such a thing, but I am sure it will all come together in the end.  I will get to spend the day talking about sheep and wool, so I am sure it will be an enjoyable time.

What has you busy this September?







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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #16

The Life of a Goat


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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Harvesting Pears

Not the prettiest of pears but Chemical Free


The pear trees produced a bumper crop this year! With the garden being a bust, I am thrilled that the fruit trees produced so well.


Curious Kitty watching us pick pears


I am not sure how many bushels we will end up with but I do know that the next week or so, I will be busy putting up pears. Canned Pear Halves,  Pear Sauce with the smaller fruit, a few jars of  Pear Butter  to replace what we used through the year.

I would like to try dehydrating, and freezing some as well.

I have been scouting the Internet looking for some new pear recipes, since pears will be taking up a big part of the pantry this year.

Do you have a favorite pear recipe?  Feel free to share a link!







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Friday, September 4, 2015

Shepherdess Notes: Wool Break



We have a ewe lamb that has just had a rough time of it, the same ewe that had Fly Strike earlier this summer.

A couple of weeks ago, we noticed that she had wool some falling out. Another case of fly strike?
We bought her in to look her over, no fly strike. but we did notice that when we lightly pulled on her curly locks, they came out in handfuls. She had a break in her wool.

Wool break can happen when the sheep have had an illness, fever or have  been under stress. In her case, we are assuming stress due to the fly strike.

When they get wool break, it is right down to the skin so we  left the wool, hoping she would get some new growth before she lost her woolly coat. We were worried about her getting sunburned if we removed the wool. As you can see in the picture she did get some new growth before her wool fell off. She has shed almost her whole coat.

She is doing okay, even though she looks a little mangy right now.

I hope this is the end of her troubles, as she has had a rough way to go!








Thursday, September 3, 2015

Our Simple Homestead Hop #15



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