Out to Pasture…

We worked sheep this weekend…oiy!  It’s a good thing this guy really loves me.  He ended up trimming over 400 sheep feet, horns rammed into his shin, stabbed by needles…several times.  Then we had to do give supplemental BoSe and Thiamine to the lambs.  He even sheared poor Reykur, who missed the spring shearing and was in bad need of a trim.  Love this guy I tell ya!!

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A couple of my helpers…

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And a little muscle…

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But!  Once it was all over with…

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They were moved across the road to fresh pasture!  Oh my…IMG_6268

Happy sheep!

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The closest to a smile this tired shepherds came to all week!IMG_6309

There is just something about sheep, on new pasture, hungrily munching away that makes me feel all warm inside!IMG_6324

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Evening Skies…

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Over the past couple of days we have received over 2 inches of rain.  It has helped to perk up the pastures and when the sun comes back out it should be producing at top notch!

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It’s kind of nice to see a colorful sunset after a long dreary day…

 

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Really Dog Tired…

Thor, our Akbash Livestock Guardian Dog was enjoying the spring weather today.  It is nearing 50 degrees here on the farm!

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Always watching…

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Preparing for Lambing…

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With some of ewes taking on the appearance of swallowing barrels, whole, we have been busying ourselves preparing for lambing…

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Mark moved the sheds to the maternity pen, which will be transformed into lambing jugs.

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Zayne, watching all the activity…

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The best fencing crew, ever.  They are replacing fencing with some hog panels so we will have easier access to both pens.

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Moving manure to one of the many compost piles…

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A first time lamber, bagging up!

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I think we managed to catch these two with artificial insemination!  (We are members of a coop that  imported semen from Iceland)

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We still have a bunch of work to do, it always seems never ending but we are getting closer.   I need to recheck and clean out the vet box and lambing supplies this week and make sure I have everything we might need. Watch for lambs within the next two weeks!

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The Chicken Chick

Ready for Spring…

I am so ready for Spring to arrive.

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While we still have a lot of mud and muck…

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Yellow and dead grasses and plants…P3210985 P3210971 P3210974

Yet, Spring is silently bursting forth all over the farm…P3210941

The Aspen trees are budding…

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There is life in the strawberry patches…

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Buds bursting out…

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Tulips popping up…

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Onions awakening…

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 Robins venturing forth…

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Even lambs on the ground…

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Splish, Splash…

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Spring has sprung and it the worst of it is here!  The muddy, icky mess.  It wouldn’t be as bad if it weren’t for the 4 dogs that come and go as they please or the 8 kids that love to play in the soupy madness!!  😉  Ah-well, this too shall pass.  At least the ducks don’t seem to mind… P3028913

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