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The sheep have been sheared.

Last Friday the sheep were sheared (shorn?). Although still very cold, we had to have it done as the ewes will start lambing in a few weeks. It's always a surprise to see what the sheep look like under all that fleece. This time it was nice to see how the ewes, especially Maisie, were progressing in their pregnancies. Maisie will definitely be first. Balthazar looks very handsome with his short hair and big horns. Clover looks like a little Holstein calf! Josh, our shearer, is great. He has had loads of experience in New Zealand, Montana, and on his own farm with 900 sheep! We really lucked out finding him. It was a good experience for all Next week we will take the fleeces to be m

The sheep have been sheared.

Last Friday the sheep were sheared (shorn?). Although still very cold, we had to have it done as the ewes will start lambing in a few weeks. It's always a surprise to see what the sheep look like under all that fleece. This time it was nice to see how the ewes, especially Maisie, were progressing in their pregnancies. Maisie will definitely be first. Balthazar looks very handsome with his short hair and big horns. Clover looks like a little Holstein calf! Josh, our shearer, is great. He has had loads of experience in New Zealand, Montana, and on his own farm with 900 sheep! We really lucked out finding him. It was a good experience for all Next week we will take the fleeces to be m

Weaning Day!

Well, yesterday was weaning day. We've been dreading it since the piglets were born. Weaning pastured pigs is a lot trickier than with conventionally raised pigs. Our friend Matthew dreads it and he's been doing it for years. We gathered our tools -a big bucket and a large fishing net. Having closed the adults in their shelter we began the process - running, netting, diving, scurrying away with the bucket, and being outsmarted by 4-week old piglets. I'm sure it was quite a sight. After lots of squealing (the piglets, not us), we got the job done in about an hour. Not bad for our first time. The moms are still looking for the babies but it was time to wean as they were both losing to

Weaning Day!

Well, yesterday was weaning day. We've been dreading it since the piglets were born. Weaning pastured pigs is a lot trickier than with conventionally raised pigs. Our friend Matthew dreads it and he's been doing it for years. We gathered our tools -a big bucket and a large fishing net. Having closed the adults in their shelter we began the process - running, netting, diving, scurrying away with the bucket, and being outsmarted by 4-week old piglets. I'm sure it was quite a sight. After lots of squealing (the piglets, not us), we got the job done in about an hour. Not bad for our first time. The moms are still looking for the babies but it was time to wean as they were both losing to

Spring??

Well, spring made a brief appearance at the farm. The bees were buzzing, the sap was running, the animals had a few good days lazing in the sun, and we even got started on a bit of spring clean-up. Since then, sap has stopped running, the goats are back in hibernation mode, and Jonny has been out 3 times to plough the lane! But, it hasn't stopped the piglets from getting out and having some fun in the snow. Our shearer hasn't been by yet which has proven to be a good thing for the sheep. They would be stuck inside to keep warm and they much prefer being outdoors. Fingers crossed, spring will be here soon!

Spring??

Well, spring made a brief appearance at the farm. The bees were buzzing, the sap was running, the animals had a few good days lazing in the sun, and we even got started on a bit of spring clean-up. Since then, sap has stopped running, the goats are back in hibernation mode, and Jonny has been out 3 times to plough the lane! But, it hasn't stopped the piglets from getting out and having some fun in the snow. Our shearer hasn't been by yet which has proven to be a good thing for the sheep. They would be stuck inside to keep warm and they much prefer being outdoors. Fingers crossed, spring will be here soon!

 

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