I raise a small flock of sheep on the hills of the Palouse.
I love to write about sheep, but, with so many things
happening with our flock
day, I doubt I'll ever have the time to do
a daily blog. So I've created a journal that lets me
jot down the highlights of our farm as I can and throw in a few
pictures. I'm afraid it's the only way it's gonna happen
August 2010 This
season has come and gone quickly. We've been extremely busy with
a number of projects. Again, we've had a wonderful crop of
lambs. One of the advances we made this year was with a new
feeding system. Here's a picture of the flock with the new
had a new adventure on our farm this spring with our dairy goats.
Both of our does had twins and have been producing a lot of milk
for us. My favorite picture so far this year is this one of
the goat kids.
December 2009 This
year has been wonderful. I've had a lot of terrific customers
come to our farm for on-farm slaughter and were able to offer them
some really nice lamb this year. All the lambs are gone now, but
the ewes have been bred and we expect our first lambs in February.
The cycle will begin again.
22nd, we had a new addition to our farm: border collie puppies.
We bred our dog, Jodie to Spring, a dog owned by Janice Willard
and Eric Nilson. Spring is also a working dog from good
working lines. Here's a picture of the pups at about one and a
Summer 2009 - Mid August This
has been a wonderful year so far. The lambs have grown well.
I haven't shown a picture of our dog, Jodie, before, so here she
is. She's a real lifesaver sometimes. You can see her
holding the wethers and the ram for me in this shot. Like most
border collies, she just lives to work sheep.
new ram has turned out to be an excellent sire. Here's a
photo of him now that he's grown. He's got nice conformation and his
lambs have grown well on grass. He also sheds well enough
not to require shearing. I'm looking forward to seeing how his
daughter's perform. I think I'm pretty happy with this guy.
Spring 2009- Early March
almost here. Most of the lambs are on the ground and looking
good. The snow is
we're hopeful it will be a good year for growing grass.
year, we added a really nice ram into the flock. We got him
Jim and Judy Mault's Lazy J Ranch in So. Idaho. He's a young
guy...born just this spring, but a full blood dorper with
potential. I went down to Indian Springs to get him and saw
sire and dam. His genetics will add a lot to the flock.
Here's a picture of them right before Christmas.
we also lost a wonderful llama right after the holidays.
was the subject of a lot of attention at our place. I try not
get too sentimental about livestock, but I admit that Concho
was the exception. He is very much missed. This is
picture from the spring of 2008.
picture to the right shows the flock at the the beginning of February
We started our main lambing
season this year in the midst of a lot of cold weather and