Archive for the 'Animals' Category

21
Jul
12

Sheep Sales….

Thank you to everyone who bought sheep off our farm this summer.  We pray you have success with them and love them as we have.

We still have Texel ewes and a few ewe lambs left for sale, but have had an exceptional time selling them off our farm.

ram lambs

Rhode Island/Buff Orphington cross rooster we hatched and raised ourselves and a Buff Orphington hen.

Everyone was tired this evening after dinner.

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10
Jun
12

Selling Sheep…

We have been so fortunate to sell some sheep off of our farm.  We have sold Dorper ewes, Dorper/Romanov ewe lambs, and a Romanov ram.  We have also sold some Texel/Romanov cross ewe lambs.

Sorting day.

Our sheep are fairly tame and easy to work with (minus a few flighty Romanovs).  The Texels just have a really calm temperment.

Some of the girls are looking skinny due to just being “dried off.”  They are on poor feed for a few days to try to get their milk production stopped.  Some of their lambs have been sold, so we sorted those ewes off to protect the health of the ewes and prevent mastitis or hard bag.

The remaining lambs on the other hand are across the fence from their mamas eating corn and alfalfa.  Life just isn’t fair sometimes.

After a hard morning of sorting sheep everyone on the farm was tuckered.

We still have some really nice Texel ewes, Texel/Romanov ewe lambs, and Dorper/Romanov ewe lambs for sale if you are interested just email me or leave me a comment on this blog.

Have a wonderful day!

08
Jun
12

Ruby’s First Haircut (Awake)…

 Ruby and I took a trip to a nearby town to a dog groomer.  Now we are not used to seeking out groomers…never needed one with our other dogs.  So this was foreign to us.  We found a girl who was will to try trimmig up our sometimes nippy ewok, gremlin, guinea pig, whatever we refer to her as depending on the day…sometimes, Ruby!

This is our precious little girl before.  We decided she looks A LOT like Chewbacca here.

She was already terrified because I put her seatbelt harness on her.

This is her after.  Doesn’t even look like the same dog does it?  We took in a Brussels Griffon and got back a Chiuaua.

Don’t you think she loves it?

She went from a rough coat Brussels Griffon to a smooth coat in a matter of a few hours.

She even got a stars and stripes bandana after her haircut.  She was such a good little girl at the groomer’s while I hit up all the thrift stores in town and had a fun time doing some second-hand shopping by myself.

25
May
12

Dolly & Baby Sidney…

Randy sheared Dolly, Dad’s mama llama.  Dolly had baby Sidney not too long ago.

This was the little guys first time being handled.  We didn’t have a harness small enough for his little face, so we did the best we could with what we had on hand.

Randy’s Dad, Roger, and Stepmom, Brenda, with little Sidney

Sidney visiting his mama in the chute on a shearing break.

Dolly wanted to lay down rather than be sheared.

Sidney

All sheared and into the trailer to head home.  See you next year!

04
Apr
12

Early Spring Around the Farm…

Early spring storm…

As is the norm, this storm scooted around south of us.  We need the rain so bad.  Maybe next time.

This little guy thinks he is big stuff curling his lips at the girls.

He didn’t have a single taker though.

 

Polar bear, they don’t all have names….I promise.

See the lamb eating hay off Hank.  He is absolutely the best guard llama.  He is so gentle with the little ones.

Celia being sheared.

 

The girls were really well behaved this year.

Does it get any cuter than this?  She loves her pig.

I apparently got a little too close to pig.  She snatched pig up and bolted.

Hope spring is treating everyone well.

03
Apr
12

Around the Homestead…

The chickens have started laying well again giving us anywhere from a 12-16 eggs a day.

We picked up this fun little egg basket at TSC and really love using it to collect eggs.

Everyone’s favorite place to be when the weather is nice.

Notice the upside down rocking chairs…gotta love that prairie wind that sends everything that isn’t earth anchored down soaring.

Buddies

This is 1112…one of eleven bottle lambs we got from Dad last year.  Since this picture she has given birth to two little ram lambs who are just as cute as their mama.  She is so sweet and loves attention and hugs.  Not your typical Romanov is you are familiar with the Romanov breed.

Enjoy your day!

01
Apr
12

Texel, Dorper, and Romanov Sheep For Sale…

We have just placed an ad in the High Plains Journal to run thru the last part of May into June.  We are selling some of our 3-4 year old Texel ewes for $225, a 2 year old Romanov ram for $300, and our 2 year old Dorper ewes for $225.  Our flock has just gotten too big with both of us working.

Romanov/Texel ewe lamb.

**Not all of the ewe lambs are black.  We only have two black ewe lambs for sale and one black ram lamb.

The ewes are all nice and healthy with good udders.  They have done well for us, and we hate the thought of shipping them off to the sale barn and would love to see them sell off our farm and go on to another farm.

Texel ewe with Texel Romanov ram lamb.

We have about 7 Dorpers to sell and possibly as many as 20 Texel ewes to sell.  We could fix you up with a nice starter flock if you want to include our Romanov ram.  We will also have Texel/Romanov ewe lambs and Texel ram lambs for sale for $175 up until we take them to the sale sometime in July and August.

Dorper ewes very pregnant and taking it easy.

Leave a comment or email me if you are interested.  Thank you so much and have a wonderful day!




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