Friday, October 17, 2014

Pure Sheepy Joy!

Wild Rose Farm Ewe #37 - Are You Bringing Apples?
I've been gathering the apple & pear "drops" for the sheep and 'ol #37 keeps an eye open when she sees me with the bucket.  These are the fruits that we can't use for pie or apple sauce, so the next best thing is to let the sheep "Hoover" them!
Wild Rose Farm Ewe #37 Keeps Her Eye On The Prize ...
Only about a third of the ewes seem to be interested and #37 is the ring leader.  Sometimes she'll have 3 or 4 down before the others realize what's happening.
#37 & Friends Munching
It gets a little crazy as the ewes gobble the closest fruit ... we stay nearby until they finish in case one of the apples would get stuck on the way down.
#37 - Don't Talk With Your Mouth Full!
I had noticed that one of the Rambouillet ewes has some green algae on her wool.  We've seen that occasionally when the weather is rainy & overcast.  It will go away eventually in the sunshine.
#37 Scarfs Up The Last Apple
Today they got 2 buckets of apples & pears after saving the "good" ones for a couple of pies.  We didn't spray the trees and it turned out to be a good year for apples.  The pears are ok, but they're a less desirable variety that is an excellent pollinator for the other pears.
Wild Rose Farm #37 - Gotta Love That Face!
As hard as it is to believe, all good things must come to an end.  Two buckets are enough for today #37 --- you don't want to get sick or tipsy on the fermenting apples! 
SERIOUSLY ... No More Apples Out There???


thecrazysheeplady said...

Boy, that's saying something when your sheep are growing algae! Surprised we haven't seen that here as well :-o.

RMK said...

Happens occasionally ... the Rambouillets are like a dense carpet & they hold the moisture longer.