Colleen’s calf is doing well. However he doesn’t want to share much milk with us so we separate them for a few hours each day, then we share the milk bar! This is working extremely well in regards to Momma letting her milk down!
Early in January 26 of the sheep were sheared. A lot of folk are wondering if it is wise to shear when it is so cold. It has worked very well for us for a number of reasons. First of all the sheep are eating lots to keep warm and this is desirable as are less than a month away from lambing. When the ewe is carrying lambs (especially when there is more than 2, which happens quite often) they need extra nutrition. Secondly: we can see quite easily the nice round bellies and the udders that are developing. We won’t have to do any crotching this year (shearing around the back end only in preparation for lambing). Thirdly: I have the winter months to prepare fibre to use @ home and to go to the mill in April. A huge bonus: vegetation cannot accumulate in fibre that is not there!! Getting hay in the wool is one of my worst nightmares! I would definitely shear again during the winter, but preferably in December if arrangements could be made (we tried this year but it didn’t work out). By the way: our barn is insulated,we are keeping doors closed and all the animals have lots of bedding.
The water froze in the barn a couple of days ago. That’s the first time that has happened for at least two years. I guess the lack of snow insulting the ground from all this cold weather we’ve been having is making the difference. Chores take longer now that we are either carrying buckets or hauling a hose up to barn. Good thing I love winter!