Archive for Soays

It’s Hay Time: First Cutting 2017

The weather finally cooperated so we were able to bale hay last weekend! Our first cutting yielded 220 bales.  We bought a new to us hay elevator, too.

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Reflections

Originally, this post was going to be titled Grieving Lessons; however, with the recent passing of a dear friend, I decided to focus on honoring those who have passed on.

This past winter was a devastating time for us. We said goodbye to Sam, our Soay wether  and  Rita our Australorp who died of ovarian cancer. Rather than go into great detail about their passing, I would like to say they made a lasting impact on our lives.  Sam was the leader of the flock; he had a beautiful fleece that I am going to process, spin and enter into Maryland Sheep & Wool for 2018 in his honor. His sibling Olympic is now the leader of the flock. Rita was a ninja chicken; no worm was safe when Rita was around; she was so beautiful when she became broody. I wish I had a picture to share.

We truly miss them everyday. Our pasture looks empty without Sam and the chickens are lonely without Rita.

Through all of the sadness, I tried to focus on what my dear husband always says to me…

“Are you better for knowing them” and of course I always say, Yes.

 

Sam and Olympic

Sam and Olympic

Rita

Rita

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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Hay Testing

A few weeks ago, The Mill offered free hay testing. In order to get more accurate results, we purchased a hay probe bale sampler; it attaches to a  cordless drill.  The probe drills into the hay bale and chews up the hay for easier testing. The sample bag (a gallon bag) is attached to keep the sample free of contamination. We tested both our first and second cutting; our hay is right on target for good nutrition for our sheep. It’s really a good feeling to know we are growing, harvesting and providing hay for our sheep.  The sheep definitely enjoy our hay!

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Hay Sampling Tools

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Hay Sampling in Action

Hay Sample

Hay Sample

 

 

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Our First Shearing Day!

We were very nervous about our first shearing day. Thankfully, everything went well.  Kristen Rosser did a great job! And a special thank you to Mother Nature who gave us a chilly day rather than a wet, snowy day as first predicted.

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Fleece Navidad!

From Our Flock to Yours….Merry Christmas!

 

 

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Ready for Winter!

This past weekend we decided to take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and muck the barn and paddock.  So we did a little spring cleaning. The sheep were busy enjoying the sunshine out in the pasture.

 

Barn: Front View

Barn: Front View

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