The End of Winter Sheep

| 12/16/2008 2:05:00 PM

Tags: sheep, winter, farm,

It's been a while since we last updated on the sheep but I assure you all they are doing fine.

Dorper Sheep in winter

As a refresher, we currently are raising about 50 Dorper ewes and rams. Over the course of the summer we spent a great deal of time updating our fencing and learning (sometimes the hard way) the intricacies of these delicate and demure animals.

As the leaves began to redden and the sky to darken we began discussions about what to do with our new woolly friends once the snow began to fall. Our plans took on many iterations and in the end we were able to agree on an idea that fully met all of our needs.

We decided cut a hole in the back of the "back barn" which is a large barn that is furthest from the house in an easterly direction. We would then be able to leave the sheep with a direct route out to the pasture. Although the promise of delicious greenery has been long forgotten the sheep still thoroughly enjoy being able to run free and play in the snow.

On the inside of the barn we sectioned off a large area that we were using for square bale storage. We combined this with a small paddock that we normally reserved for special cattle functions (cocktail parties and inter-breed mixers). Ok that last part isn't true but you get the idea ...

Jennifer Nemec
12/17/2008 11:59:51 AM

I'm sure that you'll get "the chicken problem" under control as well with a little bit more of that special Sell Ingenuity. It was wonderful to meet you and to get a chance to spend some time with the two of you and Elly. We are so proud of all our bloggers and email with them often, but I look forward to phone calls and other ways to build a more personal connection. We're so glad you got to stop by!

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