I didn’t get much done today as far as felting goes, just one snowman in fact. I had a good reason though, we went to pick up our new Golden Retriever puppy. I spent most of the day keeping him out of trouble or taking pictures of his cuteness. His new family has worn him out though and he is resting now at my feet. I am off to spin some wool into yarn . . .
My husband has been working on this new fenceline feeding system for the sheep. This is what he finished today.
He went to get the sheep to test it out . . .
The sheep are checking out the new system . . .
A little bit of corn.
In the past, while feeding them in the pen they would all come running and pin you on all sides so that you couldn’t move. I’ve even had them squeeze in between my legs while the others pin me on all sides, making it so I couldn’t possibly move to give them their grain. The new way will be perfectly lovely for happily and safely feeding them corn and alfalfa from the other side of the fence.
And the “Flushing of the Ewes” has begun.
P.S. My husband wants you to know, he isn’t quite finished.
We have been raising registered Romney sheep since 2006. We love our Romney sheep. We have a small flock of 30 Romney’s and I use their wool in my art and kits. Their wool is barely getting me through the year, so it was time to look for some more sheep. I found Blue Faced Leicesters to be the perfect 2nd flock for us and on Sunday we went to pick up our small starter flock of 3 BFL sheep.
This is my flock of Romney sheep, they like to run to greet me. I might have a treat for them!
A couple strange sheep in the flock!
Here they are the 2 new BFL ewes. (they don’t have names yet)
She came from the Big woods of Wisconsin. Should we call her, Laura?
Romney’s have a little more wool on their face!!
She is pretty shy, what should we name her?
Here they are again. Love their ears!
She looks a bit like “Ma” from Babe.
Lovely wool! Can’t wait until shearing time.
This is our new BFL ram. He is extremely friendly.
Waiting for a little treat with his new Romney friend.
A little treat of corn.
Posing for a picture with Tucker.
More yummy corn. He thinks he might like it here in ND.
This is one of our Registered Romney Rams. His name is Joram and he is just one of the many happy sheep that are raised here on the Bear Creek Ranch.
Baby Kitties were born today. One of the many wonderful perks of growing up on a farm!
Yesterday we experienced a spring blizzard here in North Dakota. We had about 8 inches of new snow. We were lucky as some just West of received up to 23 inches. It is melting today, but I am told we are to expect more snow on Wednesday. We had one new baby during the blizzard, she has a great mommy and was well cared for. The rest of the sheep have been hanging out in the barn with occasional trips out to the bale to eat.
A few pictures of my adorable lambs.
Another cold day for lambing, but Girbius and Griffle are doing fine. They are taking the cold well.
Meet Pattertwig! He is a single Romney Ram lamb. Frisky and adorable! We are hoping it warms up soon, it has been miserable working with the sheep in the freezing cold temps.
Meet “Diggles” our first lamb of 2013. He was born yesterday afternoon. Thankfully it was warmer then. Today he is snuggling under the heat lamp in the barn. Diggles is Twizzler’s first lamb and she is proving to be an excellent mommy!