I haven’t lots of images of my recent additions, but here are a few along with brief descriptions of their traits.
Bashful my youngest breeding ewe living up to her name and avoiding the camera. She is Hattie’s daughter and is fading early to a lovely light charcoal already for her second fleece. She reminds me of a panda with her distinct black eye rings which keep her from being a fuzz-face. No trimming around the eyes was necessary in recent worming/trimming session. Though not determined to be pregnant with the ultrasound, I expect just a single and it may be quite late in the season.
Head profile shot of Grace showing darker mousy tan nose often seen in Babydolls. I’m excited to see what her babies (2!) will look like!
Maisey, another recent addition from Nebraska. She has a history of twinning and nice leg set. She is, however, QR at codon 171 so may produce some lambs that will be discounted (unless they are to be wethered). Blood tests will be done to determine gene status of all lambs sold for breeding. She is expecting twins again this season.
It seems there’s been more than the usual census of wildlife showing up on the farm this summer. In addition to the doe and her twins that frequent the lower pasture, previously an alfalfa field, there have been quite a few of what might be called fur bearing animals. Here are a few I caught both literally and figuratively.
Pocket Gopher (small one)
Possum in unbaited trap.
Raccoon captured with dogfood.
Possum INSIDE chicken safe house!
Looking across the frozen landscape here on the farm, it’s easy to believe everything is sleeping peacefully. This is not quite true. The fruit trees are accumulating their chilling hours preparing to burst forth come spring and the ewes are gestating their lambs. But most of all … the planning is going on at a feverish pitch. Much of the activity involves plans to install an aquaponic system for the greenhouse. This will hopefully be used as a prototype for others – enabling individual households to grow an abundance of fresh produce and fish while using a reasonable amount of space and human intervention.