Today was a long day of shots for the sheep herd. We immunized, wormed and photographed the new 14 gimmer and 8 ram lambs in addition to the ewes, wethers and adult rams. All of the lamb images have been uploaded to this website and you can find all their details on our [...]
While most of the northern sections of the farm have had their fencing converted to "sheep-proof" woven wire fencing, there are still long stretches left over from the horse & cattle days. These were either the 2x6x16 board and post fencing you see around many horse ranches or a 5 string electrified "hot wire" [...]
As June comes to a close, it means that the currant bushes are ready for picking. We process most of the berries into saft for juices and sauces, but a few have been known to make their way into the odd pie.
We're pleased to report that the month of May has given us 22 new Gotland lambs. 14 females and 8 males. All of the mothers are doing well and each one had an unassisted birth. We'll wait until the lambs' coloring settles down over the next few weeks [...]
After one of the Stuga windows started leaking water into the house during a recent rainstorm, we got up on the ladders to inspect the condition of the windows. In doing so, we came to realize that the exterior crown molding had not only begun to slant upward [...]
The grounds around the swedish Stuga farm house are in a state of transition. What have been small protected transplanting beds are being converted to lawn space and smaller beds. Limestone roads have always been a defining characteristic of the property so it seemed only [...]
During the renovations of ours barns and surrounding areas, we decided we no longer needed the silo. On the advice of Amish farmers, we chose to take it down the "quick" way. Though the farmers SWORE we didn't need the tractor to help pull, we wanted to be [...]
As we slowly move towards our eventual renovation efforts, some essential tree work needed to be taken care of. Years ago these river birch trees (red arrows) were planted near our two barns. They benefited from a lot of rain water falloff from the roofs and have grown like wildfire. But this means [...]
The end of winter means it is time to shear again, mainly in an effort to encourage the pregnant Ewes to remain in the barn and not drop new babies out in the fields! Check out our shearer at work in the video above.
Every farmer knows that the pasture area right in front of a barn gets the most traffic, and we reached the stage where we needed to replant one of our such areas. After tilling the weeds under, it was time to plant the pasture blend...but it didn't go [...]