Sunday, March 29, 2015

Buying Hay ...

Round Bales - Smooth Bromegrass
Yes, it's a bit out of season, but we're buying hay.  Here it is stacked in a barn.  It's the time of year when farmers start to look at their hay supplies and think about where they're going to put the new crop of hay. We keep an eye on the Farm & Dairy weekly paper out of Salem, Ohio, on the chance that someone local to us will advertise.  
We will have hay here on the farm "carried over" and adding this will satisfy us for next winter.   And ... unlike hurrying to haul hay out of the field & get it under cover, we will peck away hauling this as we have time.  We've done this before, but usually with small square bales ...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Shuffling Sheep

Oooooh - Tasty Grass!
Things have been a bit slow lately at Wild Rose Farm.  Cold.  Really Cold. Warm. Cold again.  Frost seeding weather.  Now rain.  Tomorrow cold again.  Saturday colder still.  More frost seeding weather.  You get the picture.   We decided to move the sheep out of the barn area and over to the feeding pad near the Loafing Shed.  We'll need to clean out the barn before the shearing coming up shortly.
Off They Go ... Can There Be More Tasty Grass Ahead?
My role in this activity?  Follow behind hazing any stragglers and closing gates as we go.  Hmmm.  Notice anyone missing from the picture?
Who Me?
I went back into the barn paddock ... Snow White demurred and skittered past me into the barn overhang.   Now folks, she's been shown and can be haltered & led along, but I said to heck with it!  We'll get her another time.  Dinner was waiting.   Fast forward to today ...
Snow White Watching Her Friends
Guess who is standing out in the rain gazing into the distance?  Yes, her sheepy friends are all OVER THERE!    Maybe if we walk down a little closer ...?
Looking At Sheep Is SO Interesting ....