I guess it’s more of a bur cutter – but that didn’t have the same ring. Why am I “mowing” the pasture in April with a barbed-wire infused log? Well, despite the fact that the plants are almost totally dead by October, they’re mischief is just beginning at that time. The stalks collapse very slowly and the prickle seed of the plant is ripe for the stickin’ for months to come.
Every year I try to do a Christmas card that is a bit wacky and fun, since that’s what I consider us to be. It started with the first year we lived here with the chickens. I tried desperately to get tiny Santa hats on the chickens for their photo shoot, but as you can imagine, that did not go well. I managed to get one on and they just thought chasing that chicken around to pull the hat off was the best game ever. So I resorted to some very unskilled Photoshop and came up with the card below. It was a hit. Continue reading
Sheep are the same as goats except their tails point down instead of up right…? Pretty close and as most of the illnesses and basic care of the two animals are the same, there is one hidden danger that sheep owners need to be aware of. Continue reading
Lets face it, our sheep are not “livestock” they are pets, they are my pets and I love them dearly. Therefore, they get treats. Mostly they get treats at night so they know that when they come in to their brand new stalls they get fed something delicious and will hopefully spark them to come in on their own every night without having to get the dog to round them up in the dark. So far, we are about 90% to that goal. Continue reading
My mother-in-law is quite the spinner and knitter and since my wife and I started dating, going to her mother’s house meant climbing over wheels, looms and other apparatus for creating textile. I never thought I would have much interest in it, but after my wife bought two sheep I decided to go with the ladies to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival in Jefferson back in September.
It was a lot of fun to see other people’s animals and watch the judging. It was also funny to watch an enormous biker-looking guy drag a little Shetland around by the horn because it kept laying down in the show ring. It look liked Shrek manipulating Shari Lewis’ beloved Lamb Chops. Continue reading
Our newest adventure in livestock has proven to be bundles of warmth and joy. But this week, we got a little more than we bargained for. In a way I might be slightly thankful. They were just collecting the seeds so they wouldn’t spread and germinate throughout the field right…? Continue reading
Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full!…… (lyrics)
Growing up my mother used to “sing” this nursery rhyme to us and my brother just loved it. Now as a grown up, I am walking around our farm with the lyrics to this nursery rhyme running through my head. You wonder why, well, for good reason. We have acquired a little black sheep! Meet Mr. Beasley!