Sunday, November 24, 2013

It's Almost Time!

Wild Rose Farm Ewes Grazing After Light Snow
We had an inch or two of snow last night and the temps were in the 20's today.  It wasn't too bad outside since the sun was shining while we were working with the sheep.  Look closely and you can see the ewes have green numbers on their hips in preparation for the start of breeding season.  We added flock number ear tags to the yearlings, trimmed them up as needed, and sprayed on their tag numbers ..... it's much easier to read a big painted number than try to read the ear tags when we're looking to see which ewe has been marked as being bred by the ram.  We'll be using more than 1 rams this year.  The new Dorset ram from the PA Performance Tested Ram Sale will be in with most of the ewes.  He is definitely eager to get out with the ewes .......
Dorset Ram Standing Up And Watching The Ewes!
We'll also use the Rambouillet rams on select groups of Rambouillet ewes.  The rams will go in over the Thanksgiving weekend.  We ordered crayons for the breeding harnesses & FedEx tracking says that they're on the way! 

Wild Rose Farm Yearling Rambouillet Ram #339

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Time To Sell Some Sheep!

Wild Rose Farm Llama Lisa Gliding Past Her Sheep!
Doesn't Lisa look like a ship in a sea of fall gold?!?  She came up with the ewes and was headed to the water tank.  Meanwhile, the ewes were headed back towards the rock pile.  It's actually a pile of barn stone that we have stored in the pasture field.  Usually it's the lambs that frolic on the pile, but right now the ewes are using it.  They're a little fiesty right now as the weather cools down and the days get shorter ...... lots of head butting.  Yes, it's getting close to our breeding season at Wild Rose Farm.
It's also time to sell our ewe lambs, so we just put an ad in the Farm And Dairy.  We'd love to see some of the ewe lambs go to new flocks.  We have 7 Rambouillet & 9 Dorset/Rambouillet crossbred ewe lambs for sale and all of them are twins.  We have enough sheep for ourselves, so this is one of those rare years where we will not hold any back for our own breeding program. 
But back to the rock pile ........ !!!
Wild Rose Farm Ewes On The Rock Pile ....