Wow, can you believe it, 2020 is here! A beautiful start to a new year. Our first Spin/Knit/Crochet In for the New Year is January 18, 2020 from 10-3 in the Red Barn Studio here on our farm. We look forward to seeing everyone and enjoying a fibery start to the new year.
So much is happening on the farm right now. Repairing feed troughs and hay racks seem to be high on the list. Our garden is producing well when we can get in there. The rain makes it a challenge. Sinking in the mud to get vegetables is not fun. We did get a picture of the beautiful carrots of many colors from the garden. They are delicious.
We checked the sheep and found we could not wait to shear until March which is when the shearer was scheduled to come to this area. So we are shearing the sheep ourselves. It is a daunting task. We are far slower than the professionals. We look to do 5-7 sheep a day where the shearer can do 30. The fleeces were very heavy and trying to clot or felt so it needed to be done. The sheep all have shelter from the elements. We try to leave a coating so they are not too cold. Their wool grows back surprisingly quickly. It is good to shear your own sheep sometimes so that you can check them first hand. When the professionals come you are mostly a bystander even though the shearer watches for signs of trouble with each sheep. Our sheep also get a pedicure and their vaccines. Then they are set for a long time. It is hard to catch them after they have been sheared.
Lambing will begin in February so everyone and everything needs to be ready. The farmer cleaned the outside sheep shelter ( a bobcat really helps that process ). Next we put pine mulch on the floor of the barn with straw over that and get the stalls ready for lambs. This method seems to make it easier to clean after lambing is over. We have a number of first time moms this year so we have to be on the mark.
The mama chicken ( Speckled Sussex) and biddies that we pictured several months ago are in the chicken pen now and growing like weeds. They get big bags of greens from the garden as well as grain.
Here are a few pics from the farm.