Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
For those of you FIBERHOLICS interested in attending the festival, the committee also adjusted the hours based on vendor feedback. We will move up the start time to 10am on Saturday & Sunday and finish at 5pm both days.
We'll need to get the application & times updated on the festival web-site!
Here's a picture from the 2008 Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Festival to get everyone in the mood!
Look at the eager border collie in the foreground .... was he part of the sheep herding demo?
Put this festival on your calendar if you knit, spin, felt, or crochet. If you're a yarn shop owner, here's a chance to add some beautiful local fiber and handmade yarns to your inventory. We'll have fleeces, prepared fiber, and yarn from various breeds of sheep as well as alpaca, mohair, angora, & cashmere.
The festival is also a source for local pottery, handmade baskets, local wines, and handcrafted soaps.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Here we see Wild Rose Farm Dorset ewe #114 enjoying fresh snow on a cold & sunny day!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Here's a look at our farm bell on Thursday night to give you an idea of what it's been like here since the last post. The temperature has ranged from 9 to 35 degrees.
All week long we've had snow, rain, snow, etc., so it was just a matter of time until we had a wooly breakout. The Wild Rose Farm Rambouillet ewes basically just walked over and out of their ice covered electric net fenced area and into the pasture. We keep them confined to smaller areas with access to round bales of hay to keep them from nubbing down the pasture grasses once they've gone dormant for the season. Sheep can really do a number on pastures with their ability to bite right down to the dirt (remember the western range wars with the cattlemen?), so this is a graziers way of avoiding that problem. Except when the fence loses it's charge! Grazing animals seem to know almost immediately when the electricity goes out.
Here are the happy grazing ewes wandering randomly around the field enjoying the sunshine. They got out yesterday. Today the temperature went up to 45 degrees, so we'll be able to re-set the electric net fence and put them back on their hay bales .....
The fence was pulled out and draped over the paddock rails to dry off.