Thursday, June 28, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Back to Work

Life has been a little crazy! Family, work, and farm keeps us busy enough, but you throw planning a wedding in there and it makes it even more interesting. 

Fast forward, one of my babies is now married :) and the wedding was wonderful...





  now we are playing catch up around the farm/mill.


I have loads of fleece that need washed...






picked...



carded...



Once the roving is done, it needs to get listed online. I feel months behind! 

The pastures need mowed. 



The hay field is flooded, and we don't even have first cut up yet. 

Lambs are growing like weeds, hard to believe it is time to sort, and start weaning. 



After we catch up, (if we ever do) our barn is getting painted this year! (woo hoo)

What has you busy?



 





Thursday, April 26, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Cold and Wet Lambing Season




We might as well have had lambs in January with the way the weather has been this Spring!

Cold and wet, the worse conditions for lambing.

We have pens set up in the barns, which are full.  As new ones come in, we move the ewes and lambs from smaller pens to the bigger pens. 




So far our lamb count has been 
ram lambs-9
ewe lambs-1 (who was born today)

By the time the winter decides to give up, we may be done with lambing.





How is it going with your Spring babies?

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Shearing is Good for Sheep



Spring is here, which is a busy time on the farm...no spring break here.

Shearing is scheduled. They are in much need of the yearly hair wool cut! It is always a crazy day but a day I enjoy. 

I try to share with others, our experiences with raising sheep. People seem so disconnected from farm life. I was just watching a video clip of people sharing the idea that shearing is a bad thing, and cruel to sheep. We shouldn't wear wool....just man-made stuff! 

I would love to ask them what they think happens to a sheep that isn't sheared every year? Have they ever been on a farm and watched a sheep be sheared? Have they ever even seen a sheep?



Sheep are domesticated animals (and have been for thousands of years) and need the care of a shepherd/shepherdess. A responsible shepherd takes care of their sheep, and for wool breeds that means shearing them when needed, typically once a year. 

I have seen sheep that have been neglected, no thanks! On our farm, we will continue to be responsible, and shear our sheep once a year. They handle the two minute experience, with the shearer just fine. We tend to get more injuries on shearing day, than the sheep!

Wool is an amazing, renewable fiber, and I am glad to be able to raise sheep, work with their wool, and share it with others.  




Wear wool, the sheep don't mind, they grow more :) 





Thursday, March 15, 2018

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Early Spring Cleaning on the Farm



Days like today, when the sun is out and it hits 50 degrees, you will typically find us outside or in the barn/mill.

In preparation for sheep shearing, I have been cleaning out the barn and mill, sorting through leftover 2017 fleeces. Thankfully, there aren't many, the ones that are left, are being sold for clearance prices. We need to make room for 2018 fleeces- I still can't believe we will be shearing soon!




Lambing is also something we have to look forward to in the coming weeks, we usually see our first lambs at the tail end of March or early April. Organizing the lambing supplies, making sure we have everything we need. I stocked up at the Michigan Sheep Producers symposium, earlier this year, so I think we are good to go.






We had a few of our older ewes tucked away in the barn.  With the warmer weather, they have been moved to the barnyard.  We have one ewe left in the barn, who should be lambing very soon. She is not very happy about the new arrangement and has been a little noisy the last couple of days. I guess Emmet's company isn't good enough.

We are down to just a few round bales in one of the barns. That makes some room to reorganize and have more areas for lambing pens if needed. Round bales stored inside take up so much room, I am glad to have the extra space again.

There has been a lot of rain, and some areas of flooding.  The pastures were really wet, and the sheep looked pretty miserable. We are glad to have a few nice days to help dry things out, and allow us to be able to catch up on a few needed chores.

I am so looking forward to Spring.

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