My sheep year has mostly wound down into the simplicity of winter feeding. Breeding season, and it’s compartments of breeding groups all individually fed and monitored, is over. The ewes are marked in pastels, depending on what color crayon their ram mate was wearing. Portable fencing and all the summer stuff is put away. The bulk of the sheep- ewes and rams all- are back together in one field and transitioned onto hay, which I can deposit once daily in their feeders. But there are some exceptions, all of which are in the barn.
December 2, 2013
November 24, 2013
I attended Snohomish County’s Focus on Farming Conference on Thursday. My favorite speaker of the day was Rod Brooks, whose speech was entitled “Today’s Marketing- It All Starts with a Story!” This was one of those things on the agenda that makes me think, meh, I dunno if I’m interested in that. But it was the lunchtime speech, so I was a captive audience. It turned out his message, and his story, were both useful and entertaining.
So first of all, you might not know who Rod Brooks is, and neither did I. He’s the marketing guy behind the Pemco Insurance ad campaign, “We’re a lot like you, a little different.” If you’re not from around here, you won’t know much about this ad campaign, either. Even if you are from here, if you’re like me, you may have noticed some ad spots, but may not have been aware of the full story behind them. No worries, you are about to find out, as was I.
November 16, 2013
This was the best I could do with my point-and-shoot zoom from the house down to the far pasture. I knew I couldn’t get any closer without disturbing this scene. We have here a tall, white bird, a reposing ram, and a dead-looking guardian dog.
November 10, 2013
November 7, 2013
I spotted this beauty on the inside of a metal garbage can that contains dog kibble for the LGDs. She’s the color of a pumpkin, with splotchy white spots on her back, and perfectly striped, hairy legs. I don’t think such elaborately colored spiders are so common here, most of them are drab brown.
Moses is photo bombing here, wondering what is the holdup on dinner delivery.
November 5, 2013
It’s breeding season on our farm. I just separated the sheep into four breeding groups on Saturday. This will time lambing to be focused in the first two weeks of April. The rams have been anxiously awaiting this event. Above is “Skunk,” a newly purchased ram lamb, sporting his green marker harness. He paired up with #33 on Sunday. I am pleased to see #33 breed at the beginning of the season rather than the end. She tends to “granny”- or steal lambs from other ewes while she’s awaiting the arrival of her own babies. Next spring, she’ll be one of the first to lamb, so won’t be tempted to meddle in others’ affairs.