Monday, October 31, 2016

Pasture Happenings






We have had a warm fall, so the ewes are still grazing.  The fields were mowed to try and control the burdock, but it appears the ewes are still finding some here and there. The Romney's have the reputation for being our messy sheep. 



We have reduced our Tunis sheep numbers. They are a great breed and we love the ewes wonderful temperament but we had to cut back somewhere. Comparing them to the other breeds we raise, their lambing rates are much lower, and the rams are harder to deal with. Next year we plan on having no Tunis Rams, and just crossing the remaining ewes with our Border Leicester or Bluefaced Leicester Rams.


As you can see, we have a few ewes that need to be sheared yet this year. They were sheared last Fall and did not get clipped during our March shearing day. Thankfully, the weather has been warm and if all goes as planned, they will be done this week.



Saturday we spent the morning, separating the ewes into four breeding groups. Next year we are hoping to have that cut down to two or three breeding groups. So far the rams are behaving and staying where they belong. They can be such troublemakers this time of year.


The ewe lambs we kept were separated from the flock, they won't breed until next year. 
We have a nice group of ewe lambs this year.


We added this Bluefaced ewe to the flock this year. She has already become one of our favorites. 
 I would love to have a group of ewes just like her! 






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Thursday, October 27, 2016

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Shepherdess Notes: Life with Rams



I got caught between two rams this morning. Nothing like that to get your adrenalin going!

This time of year the rams can be challenging. Even our more gentleman like rams can become obstinate..

The weather is turning, the ewes are going into heat and the rams are getting restless. The rams will not get put with the ewes until November 1st, so we are going to have to put up with their ornery behavior for a couple more weeks.



Life was easier when I had one ram but as the numbers of the flock grew, our ram numbers did to.
I know some keep their rams together through the year, but that has not worked for us, we just end up with hurt rams and vet bills.  So, we are rethinking our breeding program, I would like to have no more than 2-3 rams at a time, which means cutting out our Tunis rams (which seem to be the most aggressive) after we use them this year.  The Tunis ewes we keep will have to be crossed with our Leicester Rams next year.





We try our best to keep things manageable. We are tired of fixing broken fences, breaking up ram fights, and having 5 rams spread out around the farm. So, we make changes...next year I am determined to have less testosterone on this farm!


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Monday, October 10, 2016

Spinzilla 2016




Spinzilla is a yearly event put on by The National NeedleArts Association's Spinning and Weaving Group. It is a fun challenge where you spend the week spinning-as much as you can.

It was a bit of a hectic week and I missed a few days, but I did manage to get some spinning in.

I had part of a Romney fleece that I had saved. I was hoping it would make enough yarn for a sweater, but it was short, so I will have to find a different project for it.

The yarn that has the blue mixed in, was made with some longwool roving I picked up at the Northern Lamb and Wool festival in Northern Michigan, a couple of weeks ago.

Even with the missing days, I was hoping for at least a mile of yarn, but it just wasn't to be this year.
This years total came to 1368 yards spun.

I signed up too late to join in with the group I had spun with last year. I never heard from the group leader of the team I did sign up with, even after making several attempts to get information, so I was more of a rogue spinner this year. Need to sign up earlier next year!

I needed some reason for some down time, so I was glad I joined in.


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Thursday, October 6, 2016

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Runaway Ram



If you raise sheep life never gets dull!

We had to move the Tunis Ram to the barn across the road. He gets pretty aggressive with the other rams around breeding season, and he needs to be penned up.

Delaney feels sorry for him over there, and decided to put up a make shift pen to let him graze outside the barn. I was told about the plan after the fact, and after it was discovered that he was no longer in the pen and nowhere to be found!

After looking for about an hour with no luck, I started getting worried. The property has open fields and woods, which house coyotes, not the safest place for a lone sheep to be wondering around. After searching that area, I took the 4 wheeler over to the hay field, thinking maybe he seen the sheep and worked his way across the road and was pacing the fence line. I was just about to give up and head back to the barn, when out of the corner of my eye, I seen something running toward me. It was him! He looked happy to see me.

I figured I would drive home, and get help to bring him back. It ended up not being necessary, as he followed me all the way back to the barn. I wish I had my camera with me...

I doubt he learned his lesson, but I am glad he was found.

Sigh of relief! It could have ended badly-grateful that it didn't.



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