Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Back to the Farm Blog

We have been busy vacationing and working, and I have been neglecting the blog.  I haven't been neglecting the animals though- just doing the daily chores.  Now it's time to get ready for winter- cleaning out the barn, spreading manure, fixing shelters, putting up the last of the hay, chipping trees, and harveting fruits and vegetables.  I also need to sell off the last of the yearling rams and wethers, or we will consider butchering them in the next 1-2 months.  So I took up to date photos of them to try to attract a Shetland fiber loving shepherd to take them in.  I hope this will work out since neither Tom or I like to eat lamb, and it's a shame to have such beautiful wool go to waste.  


Kathy said...

We have the same problem here, Donna - more sheep than buyers and with hay prices soaring, just can't keep them. Because sales are so slow, I doubt if I do any breeding this year either...the freezer can only hold so much, although if I do have some slaughtered, I'm giving some "samples" to local upscale restaurants. If I don't promote grass-fed Shetland lamb here, no one will and the churros will have it all. ;)

Donna said...

I think it's the same everywhere. Our neighbor sold us 8 tons from his last (and only second) cutting and didn't increase his prices to us even though his hay production this year is way down because of our crappy weather and his gas prices to harvest it is way up. So he's not likely making a profit. And now he has to cut extremely late corn that I am guessing is not as productive as it should be. I am just glad we have our 16 tons of hay for the winter now.

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