Lambs, Lambs, and More Lambs

posted Apr 26, 2016, 4:50 PM by Carmina Chapp   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 5:00 PM ]
What a wonderful lambing season we have had! Our four ewes gave us eight lambs - six ewes and two rams. Though we thought we had planned the timing of the births well (if you remember last year, our lambs were born in February with temperatures in the teens), an abnormal cold spell hit our area, so we had to make sure mammas and babies were warm and well fed. The two enclosures served us well. No lambs being bottle-fed in the kitchen this year!

As if having eight lambs weren’t enough - we

recently purchased some Montadales from our local Lehman Nursery. Many thanks to our friend Em and all who supported the Poor Man's Supper at Our Lady of Victory Parish during Lent. The littlest one was given to us for free because she had three broken legs and is being bottle fed - so cute!

Congratulations, Paulette, on her first skein of yarn! Paulette has been coming to the farm to learn how to spin wool. She enjoys the drop spindle.

To celebrate Earth Day, Misericordia University sent over about

20 students to help out on the farm. The group was very productive, helping build the new pig pen to accommodate the five pigs we will be getting this weekend. A few students also helped pick and card wool. It was a great day overall!

Time to plow - many thanks to our good friend Tim for working the John Deere and plowing up the cover crop. We are sure it was more fun than work for him!

Beekeeper or cheesemaker? Our beekeeper Eric

came by to build us a cheese press to make cheeses from the sheep’s milk we will be getting soon from our ewes. Eric is a man of many talents! 

Mark your calendars - Sheep shearing is Saturday, May 7. We do not have a definite time yet, but it will be in the late afternoon. We will keep you posted. 

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