Saturday, April 9, 2011

2011 lambing

Day old purebred Bluefaced Leicester lambs.
Lambing is starting slowly this year, only 6 ewes have lambed in seven days. I keep checking the heavies (a term for those at full term pregnancy) and keep feeling relief and concern at the same time. I love babies. Almost all babies, but especially those born in my barn. Aniticipation and excitement builds in me as lambing time approaches, then once started, I really want it over with all the ewes happily nursing their healthy lambs. And that's the way it usually goes. A time of quiet vigilance on my part, ready to help with any potential problem, relying on the wisdom of nature in spring rebirth.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Shearing Days

my corner office

bags and bags of beautiful fiber

I have been shearing my flock the past three and a half days, and am proud of my girls!
It takes me at least an hour a sheep to shear, trim feet, recoat the ewe with a protective cover, skirt and label each fleece. I wish I could keep each one to spin for myself.......... but am considering having a sale day here on the farm in early May after the lambs are born. Contact me if you want an invite!