Archive for July, 2011

31
Jul
11

Homestead update…

Bantam silkie

Sheep on wheat stubble.

Romanov ram lamb.

Ash, Thai, and Koal

30
Jul
11

Texel Rams for sale…

We have two registered Texel rams for sale.  The are 3-4 years old and have registration papers.

On the left is Merle and on the right is Cash.

Merle and Cash

We also have 20 ewe lambs we will sell to a buyer on August 6th if we have not sold them off the farm by then.  They are Texels, but do not have registration papers.  We are selling them for $150/each and can acquire 50-75% recorded papers for them for the cost of processing the papers if interested.  We just weighed the lambs at 60-65 pounds.

We also have recorded Texel ewes for sale for $225/each.  These ewes are 50-75% recorded with papers.

If you are interested please leave a comment.  Thanks!

23
Jul
11

Sheep out on wheat stubble and crabgrass…

Times are tough here with no rain.  We are trying to make the best of it.  The sheep are out on wheat stubble that has crabgrass growing like crazy.  This will buy us time while we wait for rain.

Our pasture is done until rain comes.  If it doesn’t rain soon we will have to start dropping our winter hay.  Not something we want to do, but we are fortunate enough to have hay when many don’t and are thankful for that.

A beautiful Kansas sky!

22
Jul
11

Be Very Careful When Asking for Help…

Randy has been working like crazy trying to get our fencing done for rotational grazing.  He made the mistake of asking my uncle for help when we were all out to dinner Friday night.  He gladly offered to help us clip up the remainder of the fence, and we gladly accepted the offer half thinking he wasn’t really serious.

At least he has a sense of humor, right!  He was huge help and we were so very grateful for not only the help but the laughs.

20
Jul
11

Guess What We Have at Home Now…

The Internet!!!

From now on I will try really hard to give regular updates on life in the desert, er um, I mean on the prairie.

Our 10-day forecast still calls for triple digits every day and no good chance of rain in site.  Please say a prayer for all who are suffering from this drought that rain will come soon.

Have a wonderful evening!

 

06
Jul
11

23 Texel Ewes Sold…

We sold 23 Texel ewes this evening.  It was so sad to see them go, but with the drought our pasture could not sustain any more than necessary and was a blessing to sell them.  We are down to approximately 80 ewes for breeding stock now.  We have Dorpers, Romanovs, and registered Texels.  The Dorpers will lamb in the fall with Dorper/Romanov cross lambs.  The Texels will be bred in the fall to a Romanov ram and the Romanovs to a Texel ram to lamb in the spring.  We are also expecting two baby llamas in the fall from the bred llamas we bought at a nearby auction Easter weekend.  

We still have two registered Texel rams to sell and always have Texel lambs for sale.  With any luck at all we will have our herd downsized to where we would like it by fall as we prepare for winter feeding.  The extra money has been such a blessing to pay for the skyrocketing price of hay in our area.  Our lambs will go to the sale soon also and hopefully pay for the grain and protein tubs to get us through winter with a little left over to put toward the house.

The chickens have slowed down laying eggs due to the heat, but are still continuing to pay for themselves and provide us and our customers with plenty of eggs which is all we ask of them.  We are hoping for a cool off soon and some much needed rain.  We spend our days hosing down the llamas, filling their baby pool, keeping the mister going on the chickens, and the dog’s pool cool and clean. 

We have been off work all week, but with too many chores and too much attention needed at home decided to take a stay-cation as opposed to traveling somewhere.  We have had a wonderful time at home and don’t regret not being able to fly away somewhere.  

We have enjoyed projects at home and spending time with our animals.  The dogs appreciate the extra attention as do the cats and llamas.  We got caught up on de-worming our sheep and llamas and even managed to shear one llama, Sylvia. 

All in all we have had a wonderful, productive time at home.  Hope everyone is doing well.  Feel free to send some rain our way.

 




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I am the wife to my wonderful husband and joint care giver to the many animals we have acquired on our small farm here on the prairie. This is a bit about our life on our farm. We are striving for simplicity and self-sufficiency, determined to become debt-free, trying to live in tune with the natural cycles of this earth, and challenging ourselves to transition to a diet based on traditional foods. It isn't always easy, and we don't always succeed, but it is a fun learning process. Join us as we stumble through learning how to provide for ourselves, get off the treadmill, and work toward a simpler way of life.

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