Out checking the ewe lambs…

 

We had a bit of blue sky and no snow, great time to check out the ewe lambs across the road…

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The lambs and sheep are looking wonderful!  Their fleeces have grown all summer long….

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The rams fleeces even look exceptional this year!

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They are even feeling a bit ramish, those hormones are changing as we creep closer to the end of October.

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Thankfully, Brandon was available to shear this last weekend and did a wonderful job!

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Some more of the shearing crew…

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Jason, my brother-in-law, even sheared a bit.  He’s shearing my favorite fleece here…

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All business…

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A happy Dugur dog…

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A pretty mouflon…

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Two rams getting reacquainted after loosing their fleeces.

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They don’t seem to really recognize each other and will fight reestablish the pecking order.  Boys!

What a job!  It took the whole weekend but all sheep came out of beautiful and now I have a ton of fleece to sort through!  Any helpers?

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Doing the rounds…

 

Emma has loved being my little helper!  She makes sure all the lambies get their daily dose of loving!

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Even Thor gets to enjoy her loving…P4271445

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Chicks…

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Yep,we went by the feed store today….P4010017

But aren’t they cute?

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Zayne had to wear gloves cause the baby chick was tickling him too much!

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All settled in.

We came home with 3 Barred Rocks, 3 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 1 Lakenvelders (thanks to Zayne!), 4 Buff Opingtons, 4 Patridge Rocks and 3 Light Brahmas.  All supposedly pullets.  It’s always so fun to have the little peepers around!

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Shearing Day…

Wow!! What a day!  We had a five man and one woman crew hit the farm this afternoon with the single mission of shearing.  They did an outstanding job and had all 110 sheep nekid within an hour.  We weren’t able to get a shearer in this fall so it was a great relief to have it done today, about a month or so before lambing will start.  Here are some pictures of this afternoon, mostly taken by my 11 year-old, Garrett!

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Here comes the snow…

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The older kids moving the sheep up the shoots to the shearing plant…

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Mark pushing them from behind

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Hayden and I moving them in…

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Waiting their turns…

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The gate keeper…

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Shearing happened  a bit earlier than what I had hoped to have them shorn but the crew was coming through our area.  We missed fall shearing and rather than miss spring shearing and then really worry about them overheating this summer we went ahead and had it done.  The sheep might get a bit cool, but we have lots of places for them to get out of the cold and stay toasty.  We also have put down a couple of extra-large round straw bales out for them to nestle into.  Luckily the weather forecast is supposed to keep warming up and be in the mid 40′s with lows in the mid 30′s.  Thankfully no rain is in the forecast.

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Calypso looks just thrilled…

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Bale Wagon Adventures…

Here comes the Bale Wagon!

What a glorious piece of equipment!  It is able to pick up individual small bales and make them stack neatly and transport them home effortlessly…or at least with a lot less effort than hand picking them.  :0)

Backing it up!
Putting the stack down…
Oops

At this point I hear lots of laughter and Mark commenting that he forgot an important step!  So while Mark left to pick up the next load Sawyer restacked the hay.  Since then things have been going well…at least no more stack collapses.   I can’t imagine having to hand-pick all those bales!

Going good now!

Haying…

 

Summer evening haying...

 

Sawyer baling....

 

Mark swathing

 

Doe with her twin fawns...

 

Windrows and Bales...

 

Hilltop...

 

The field

 

 

Little buck...

 

Lots of Bales!

 

Keepin' on...

 

The guys were able to finish up the baling yesterday and had a final bale count of 5,046!  Not too bad~they averaged about 3.6 tons to the acre.  Now it’s just getting them all home!