Saturday, April 21, 2018

Shearing Done!

Wild Rose Farm Horned Yearling Ewe Lamb After Shearing
Isn't She a Nice One? 
Wow - where did the week go? All 40 sheep and llama Snow White were sheared on Sunday the 15th. Of course, it rained for a couple of days and then we had snow and it stayed cool. We kept everyone sheltered and bedded down in the barn for the week.
Today we did the annual CDT vaccinations, trimmed some hooves, and generally looked everyone over. Snow White eluded capture today and stood outside in the pasture nearby watching the activities in the paddock.
Annual Vaccination - Barn Book & Notes
After we finished up, the ewes went back out to join Snow White and we moved all of them to graze in our "Back 40" pasture.  We'll start our lambing pasture checks tomorrow ... it's getting close!
Wild Rose Farm - Snow White & Ewes To Pasture

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Before Shearing!

Dorset Ewe #118 Enjoys Spring!
It's almost time for the shearing ... stay tuned for the "after pictures! The ewes are very fluffy and they're ready to get all of that wool off ...
Saturday April 14th - "Before"

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Black Walnut Dyeing ...

Wild Rose Farm Walnut Dyed Rambouillet 2-Ply Yarn & Combed Top
Goldenrod Dyed 2-Ply 
We've done some dyeing over the winter. Black walnuts harvested here on the farm were soaked for several weeks and then boiled to extract the dye. The yarns were done first and then we followed up with the combed top. We created several shades of brown and down through caramel as the natural dye bath was exhausted. The Rambouillet wool combed top would also be excellent for felting projects!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A Great Weekend!

Wild Rose Farm Naturally Dyed Yarn
We had a great weekend at the Old Economy Village "Christmas At The Village" event.  It was good to see old friends and customers and to meet some new folks!  Our new Rambouillet wool yarn spun at Mill At The Meadowlands was super soft and popular with the knitters who stopped & gave it a squeeze ...  Many of our collection of vintage woolen sweaters, scarves, hats, & blankets found new homes too. Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the historical site and the wonderful food and entertainment.
Rambouillet Ram & Ewes
The rams have been in with the ewes for almost 2 weeks now. Most of the ewes have been marked since they have an approximately 17 day cycle. We'll have to get an updated picture of the ewes in the next few days to post on the blog. It goes without saying that the sheep love this colder weather!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Come See Us This Weekend!

Wild Rose Farm Will Be At Old Economy Village!
Wild Rose Farm will be set up at Old Economy Village in Ambridge, PA this weekend. It looks like we will be in the Feast Hall on the 2nd floor. Come and visit with us. The grounds of Old Economy Village are lovely with candle lanterns lighting the walk ways outside. We'll have our new farm yarn made from our Rambouillet wool and other wool items. We'll also bring vintage woolen sweaters, hats, scarves, & blankets.  Come on down!
Snow White in the Barn With the Ewe Lambs
Breeding season started on the 25th, so Snow White is pulled out of the ewe flock and moved indoors with the ewe lambs. Here she is with the lambs. She does some humming for the first day or two as she settles in ... she misses the ewes and has to adapt to the lambs that she hasn't seen since July.
Rambouillet Ram (center) & Rambouillet Ewes
We have the sheep split up into two groups this year. The Dorset ram is in with 22 Dorset & crossbred ewes and a young Rambouillet ram is in with 10 Rambouillet ewes.  His dam is in a separate pen with another unrelated young Rambouillet ram ... we've got to keep things straight for registration!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Ewe Lamb Leaves For New Home!

Wild Rose Farm Crossbred Ewe Lamb Loaded Up!
Another of our nice Dorset x Rambouillet ewe lambs left the farm this afternoon. She was a twin ewe lamb born on April 28th ... out of the first ewe to have lambs this spring. She had been chosen several weeks ago and was waiting for pick-up. We were working on the ewes in preparation for breeding season and her new owner stopped in on his day off from work. We trimmed her hooves, loaded her up, and away she went ...
Rambouillet Ewe Lamb #561 - A Keeper!
We had a lot more ram lambs than ewe lambs born this spring for "whatever" reason. All of our Rambouillet ewe lambs were born as twins, but their twins were ram lambs!  The #561 Rambouillet ewe lamb above is shown in the handling chute with several of the crossbred ewe lambs that we have for sale. What a beautiful day to be working outside with the ewes & lambs!  We'll be putting the rams in over the weekend to kick off the breeding season here.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Besides The Sheep ...

Wild Rose Farm Glenda Wants To Come In!
Visitors ask what goes on at the farm "besides working with the sheep?". Well, the sheep are the centerpiece of the farm activity, but Glenda and Snow White have to manage and circulate around the ewes & lambs. Glenda is always nosey and shows up when there's activity in the pens or when people are visiting.
Snow White on the other hand, is more likely to hang back and avoid the fuss. She can be found in the lead of the flock, but if we WANT to move everyone, she has a way of trying to skip out on the round up!  She also has to be fed separately from the piggish ewes and can be seen fending them off if they get too close.  Unfortunately, sheep don't always understand llama-speak ...
Hey, You're Getting Too Close To My Dinner!
 Snow White gets her feed over the pen divider in the Loafing Shed, but the ewes sometimes crowd her, even thought they can't reach it ... and the ewe looks so innocent & friendly, right?
Now You're Really Annoying Me!  
That's Right, Go Eat Your Hay!