Feeling Good About Your Food

  “Why do you do this?” While the question may not be phrased in exactly this way, we’ve gotten this vibe from many people who learn that we raise our own beef, pork and lamb. Particularly the idea that I milk my own cow and consume raw milk dairy raises the eyebrows. This is most…

Sheep Feet

Today, the girls and I trimmed the feet of most of our sheep. This is a really gross, smelly, sweaty job. The sheep are strong and fat and hot. My oldest daughter, E does the trimming. She’s gotten really good and fast at it. And I appreciate that she’s fast. My job is to catch…

Learning From Your Mistakes

In farming, you are going to make mistakes. Sadly, the hardest ones to forgive yourself for are the ones that cost an animal its life. We made one of those big time mistakes Monday night. We got home from our trip Monday night with sleet and snow coming down. The temperature was dropping steadily, but…

I’ve Become One of THOSE People

Well, I’ve been so busy with sheep the last week or two, that I haven’t had much time to write or post. But much has been happening. Last week, we had some bad news about a family member who is fighting cancer. We needed to visit this loved one because it’s been since Christmas since…

Dot and No-Dot

Well, Long Tail’s tale of motherhood had a lovely beginning, but a less-than-desirable end. Long story short, she has milk, or at least it seems like it; However, for some reason, the milk isn’t being released into her teats for the lambs to suckle. I found them in the barn yesterday morning, cold and weak….

Where Did Ewe Come From?

I’ve enjoyed our Katahdin sheep much more than I expected. They’ve been much easier than I thought they’d be. They’re tough little sheep. This fact really was evident this evening when I went out to do my nighttime chores. Because it was Sunday, I was a bit rushed this morning. I fed Millie, the milk…

Birthing a Lamb for the First Time

I did write that we had our first lamb birthed on the farm in the wee hours of Monday morning. However, it actually wasn’t as simple as it sounded. Skippy is one of our ewes. We bought her bred because we were impatient for lambs. We’ve been watching her closely for a few weeks because…

Missing Out on Four Hours of Sleep….Totally Worth It!

Last night around 1:45, my hubby and I assisted our ewe, Skippy, in giving birth. The lamb was elbow-locked and very large. This was Skippy’s (and ours) first time lambing. Thankfully, we ended up with a healthy mamma and a healthy baby. I was a bit nervous there for awhile I wasn’t sure we’d be…

Clover and Sheep

This spring, we’ve over-seeded many of our fields. We put in plenty of clover to enrich the earth. Clover is a legume that takes nitrogen from the air and adds it to the soil. This is a good way to naturally enrich the soil, without using chemical fertilizers. Some farmers simply turn the clover over…