Sunday, February 19, 2012

Fun With Sheep

Today is a month before lambing so all the pregnant ewes had to be vaccinated and de-wormed. We use an Ivomec drench to deworm them and a few of them said it tastes like crap. Len's Mom was out and gave us a well appreciated hand. Nice to get it done. Here are some pictures of the day...

Tiny, the first one to the barn in case it's something good to eat

The crew. Len's Mom Millie. I think Len is closing his eyes to wish this would all disappear.

Don't these old work jackets add about 100 pounds :)

Getting ready

Clarice is worried about her flock

Coyote strolling down the road, a long way from the barn

Sonny going after said coyote

Tripper peeking in from the back field to see what's happening

Serious gal

"I told you girls not to listen to the dog! Now look where we are!"

Pretty face, does she look familiar Jen?

Behind bars

The best part of the day, 4 left to go!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Boyz in the Hill

Nice to get sheep jobs done. The Rams were herded into the barn, had a pedicure, de-wormed and just a good checking over. We have 3 rams, a purebred Katahdin which is a hair sheep bred for meat and sheds his coat, 2 North Country Cheviots which are also a good meat sheep but have wool and need to be sheared. We will need to up our number next year as the flock increases.  We breed 1/3 of our Katahdin ewes to the Katahdin for replacement ewes and the rest to the North Country rams. They have a quicker weight gain and wider back so we can ship the lambs earlier. We chose the NC because they have the same vigor that the Kat lambs have and make a good cross.

Here are the boys and their friend/guardian horse Tripper who is 24 years old.

"Stan" the most even tempered ram ever - 4 years old

"Nevel Jr" NC will be 1 year old in March

"The Boyz"


"Spook" NC 2 years old in March

Growing boys like to eat

Trip says Thank heavens they left!

Crap, have to share again!