Archive | March, 2010

Our first Navajo Churro lamb

30 Mar

So alert and just a couple hours old

We bought three Navajo Churro ewes in December thinking they were too young to have been bred, but surprise! A sneaky little ram went undiscovered in the herd and here we have our first ewe lamb from pretty little Paz.

We sheared around 10 days ago so everyone is looking a bit naked.

Standing for the first time!

Two days old and out with the flock

Out like a lion…

21 Mar

Typical March — one last nasty cold snap just when you’re convinced Spring has arrived for good.

We have three ewes close to lambing, within the week hopefully, and no woolly coats, having just sheared them early last week! We came out to feed them Saturday morning and the poor girls were shivering. So into the shed they went for the day, a bit confused but happy for a bit of extra grain.

Today was a bit warmer and hopefully each day going forward. We’ll dig out a heat lamp for lambing just in case. And next year, April lambs only, please!

The guessing game

16 Mar

Are they pregnant or not?

Today was shearing day, meaning not only do I now have mounds of wool to process and play with, but we can see udders! For experienced shepherds that might not be a big deal, but for for newbies like us it makes a big difference in figuring out how close our little ewes are to lambing, or even if they’re pregnant at all.

Last week was fear and elation upon hearing from the vet that she thinks all five of our ewes are bred. Today, however, looking at our little deflated ewes without their woolly coats, we’re thinking a little differently. Three certainly seem to have bulging bellies and growing udders. A couple others, not so much. All is well though. Whether there are 2 or 10 lambs in the coming weeks, we’re loving tending to our little flock.

Now, if only our bully Friesian would stop butting our friendliest little Churro, Hernanda.

Modern and Traditional. An Easy Balance.

16 Mar

No iconic red dairy barn and Midwest farmhouse passed down through the generations here, yet our heritage breed livestock are raised using the best of Old World and modern sustainable farming practices, in their natural state and in balance with the earth.

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