The Bald Man & I went up to the New Market sheep dairy to get 80 lbs of sheep milk!! 40 lbs is for our neighbor ..
Due to being so busy with my business, the homestead and the sheep I have made the decision to sell ALL my goats and buy goats milk from my neighbor for the goats milk products and for blended cheese... she has high standards for her goats like I do and it just makes sense to do that instead of keep 2 separate dairy herds... esp. when it seems that the sheep may be easier to take care of for me... Dairy Goats can be drama queens! and very naughty!! they are really entertaining!!! But when you are short on time like me... its alot less entertaining!
I"ve got alot on my plate so I'm looking forward to the sell out though sad at the same time because the best of the best is left! My favorite and best girl is the last goat standing... she HAS to have a good home!!!
On a brighter note... all our piggies are sold but Gigit.. and the Bald Man is keeping her! Shes the bigger piglet in the pic. I personally do not want to keep a breed pair or pigs... raising pigs is not a good business for a homesteader.. it is much much more cost effective to buy a feeder hog every year... BUT, this breed is so hard to fine and its the only breed we can stand.. so he's 'done the numbers' and maybe has come up with a way to make it ok to keep them.... plus he really really enjoys raising pigs!! who knew???
Varys!!!! My new Border Leicester wether!!
I wanted to try a long wool breed.. some say they are no more difficult to raise than a regular wool sheep... then again some say they are more difficult!
Gotta fine out for myself though, ofcourse!
His temperament is great... he was a 4-H lamb.
His fleece is beautiful!!! Shorn in the spring its already so long!!
Really like this guy alot.
They are the sweetest sheep.. This here is Curd.
She's my largest ewe... just huge! and her wool is growing very fast.
Every morning when I go down to check on everyone the EFs gather around me because they know I'm going to check their fleece... pick hay out of it... brush them off! They love morning 'brush' offs!
Varys doesn't care for morning brush offs though..
My smallest sheepie... Chablis... her fleece is very fine! very crimped!
Not at all like my other 2 ewes or my ram (Sergent is not pictured because he was to busy talking trash to Varys!) They have more of a med. grade wool.
This smallest darling also has the largest teats!
I can milk some pretty small teats.. I used to have Nigerians and poorly bred Nubians! But bigger teats is a plus :-) when you're hand milking.
As of right now we have 28 Guinea fowl...
which is fine.. if no predators get them we will be tick free next summer with all these guys working!
she's out mothering the guinea keet she hatched!
I love the Muscovy's... I love way they whisper ... I and love the weird Muscovy dance they do
when I pick one up and put it back down.. its so funny!!
They fly very well,,,
In the spring I seeded this little field with chicory, dandelions, mustard greens & clover .. its still green and very yummy to the sheep!
The 2 best LGDs ever :-)
without them I wouldn't have ducks, sheep, goats, geese or anything!!
They are The Bald Mans babies....
This little guy is super spunky! Since the Bald Man cares for all the dogs they see him often... I only go down to their area every few days and this guy actually growled and barked at me!!!
Getting started protecting early I guess! lol!!!
at 3 weeks! Like seeing that in an lgd! so cute!
My Ancona flock..... they are so big now...
can't wait for those big duck eggs in the spring!
Y'all have a great weekend now!