Hay Harvest 2018: First Cutting

Due to the torrential rain storms, our first hay harvest was delayed until the weekend of June 15th. We started to bale our hay on Friday evening; however, despite the lights on Stella (our Kubota tractor) darkness set in and we could no longer see. It was an interesting experience! With the help of our brother-in-law, we finished baling and storing the hay on Saturday afternoon. Thanks Jim!

This harvest was very challenging: torrential rain delays, the knotter on the baler tied some bales and not others, the tractor grumbled to a start, the hay elevator motor was smoking despite  being a new motor and tempers were short.;  Of course, it was hot, maybe not as hot as now but still hot!

Thankfully, we finished our harvest (300 bales) and we are eternally grateful to Jim for lending us a hand!

 

 

 

 

 

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Farm Views: Hay Fields & Sheep Pasture

We are anxiously waiting to harvest our first cutting. Hopefully, the weather will soon cooperate. In the meantime, it looks like our sheep pasture needs a trim, too. Our sheep are not keeping up with the pasture.

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Pickle: A Herdwick Sheep

While wandering through the sheep barns at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, I spied a Herdwick Sheep. I was so surprised! I immediately stopped and learned that Pickle is 76.6% Herdwick and he is part of a breeding program in the United States. I have wanted some Herdwick fiber for a long time and now I have a source. Pickle lives on Helder-Herwyck Farm in East Berne, New York.

 

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Pickle: A Herdwick Sheep

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Sunset @ the Sheep Barn

Sunset @ the BarnOur sunsets are absolutely gorgeous!

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Seasons of the Barn: Spring

Spring Time

Spring Time

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Rite of Spring

It’s mucking time! Thanks to the help of “Big Al”, our new to us tractor” our barn stalls are now clean and fresh for spring. The sheep are happy, too!

 

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Big Al

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Shearing Day 2018

On Saturday, March 31st, we sheared our sheep. The  weather looked hopeful but April showers soon followed. Hopefully, the sun will shine soon!

 

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