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.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Friday, February 16, 2018

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Shepherdess Notes: Keeping Older Ewes




When feeding we do a check on the animals, I noticed one of our older ewes was missing, one that did not take kindly to being locked up in the barn, so was still with the rest of the flock. 

When a ewe is not with the rest of the flock, there is good reason to be worried, they tend to not go off on their own.  Thankfully, we did find her after searching the pastures. She was standing which was good, but she had a minor injury to her leg, which we still haven't figured out from what. She appeared to be stressed, even with the dog running around she was not interested in moving. We led her to the direction of the barn as best we could, trying not to stress her out. It was taking forever!

Finally, it came down to her getting a tractor ride! I wasn't sure if she would stay put, but we went slowly and walked along with her. She didn't seem to mind. Once in the barn, she immediately started eating hay, another good sign. I think she is going to be fine, just gave us a scare. She is now confined to the barn until after lambing.

She should have been confined to the barn earlier, our older ewes have been in there since November. 

I know a lot of sheep farms do not keep ewes past a certain age, they are more work and cost more money.




There are several reasons why we keep our older ewes. if a ewe gets to that age on the farm, that means she has been healthy, a good mother who raises her lambs on her own, and has a good disposition. I like ewes like that, they tend to be my favorites....I have a hard time letting go of my favorites! 

So those favorites, are in the barn getting a little extra care and feed than the rest of the flock. I feel they earned it! 

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