Summer Sheep…

The sheep have been doing marvelous this summer despite the hotter than usual temperatures that have been here this summer.  In their home land, Icelandic sheep typically deal with a summer time average temperature of 78 degrees, we have been having mid 90’s.  I’m thankful that we don’t have a lot of humidity too!  We have been supplementing lots of extra B vitamins in their water tanks everyday along with extra cobalt, selenium and copper.  (Don’t worry, Icelandics need a lot more copper than most traditional sheep to stay healthy.)

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Lambs have been growing quick and have a wonderful fleece on them already!

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Fencing…

It’s been a busy week here on the farm, one week before lambing.  We have successfully moved rams across the road, fixed fence, moved ewes to the maternity ward, fixed fence, and fixed fence! LOL!    With my husband working loooong hours and now my oldest son getting a full-time job, off the farm, I am proud to say I fixed the electric, seven strand fencing  that encloses about 20 acres where the rams are right now.  Our electric fencer puts out a little over 7000 volts  and our fence was registering at 1500 volts, at best!  Ugh, this fence has been a pain and it took me two half days to get up to  6500  but it is the highest it has been in two years.  Definitely enough juice to keep the sheep in and other critters out!

Garrett and Hayden were my emergency runners and Tori was the official phone gal, who ran back and forth to plug and unplug the fencer in when I needed to fix things….

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My helpers…

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The rams really enjoying the pasture and finding green grass sprouts!

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Peaceful evening…

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Handsome Horned Rams…

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Dodge

These are our farms handsome horned rams.  We breed for correct conformation, meaty build, horn-set and temperament.  The rams we use come from milky ewes, that raise quick-growing lambs.  Most of our rams have luxurious, soft fleece.  We over-wintered about 30 rams and will most likely keep the ones, here on this page and will be offering a couple of them for sale later this year.  It isn’t the final cut yet, as we will reevaluate everyone after shearing and get a hand on them.

I have three rams below that need names though… I would love your input   🙂    Last year was our “E” year, so I would prefer names that start with E.  Thanks!

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Eclipse

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Bacchus

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Edge

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I need a name suggestion for this handsome guy! Preferably names that start with an “E” as that is what year they were born on…

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I need a name suggestion for this handsome guy! Preferably names that start with an “E” as that is what year they were born on…

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Sullivan aka Sully…

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Another of Sully…

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Elgur…

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I need a name suggestion for this handsome guy! Preferably names that start with an “E” as that is what year they were born on…

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Ewan…

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Draumur…

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Eldur

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Eran

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Dodge Ram…

My super sweet, Dodge ram is being used as the “clean-up” ram this year.  We used quite a few young and unproven rams this year, so it always makes me a bit nervous until lambs start hitting the ground.  But I do know that Dodge will take care of business.  I absolutely loved his lambs from last year, wonderful fleeces, growthy, vigorous lambs.

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Crazy Busyness…

It’s been a bit of a hectic week to say the least.  Here are a few things going on here…

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Zayne, waiting his turn to ride on Iris.

Cousins, getting to experience the farm.

Emma, enjoying the beautiful spring day.

Calypso, a black grey mouflon enjoying the sun.

Bluebirds are back!!

Road trip, then down a very long very bumpy road. So bumpy it shook some bolts loose on our rack.

One reason for the road trip. Ram exchange!

Ewe in the evening light....

Before Mark left to do some soil sampling, the lil' boys wanted a picture.

Waiting for ewes to explode!

Teigen testing out his bike for first time this spring.

Another reason for the road trip...Thor! (on the right, Dugur on the left)

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The last reason for the trip...Ali and Bambi!

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