|Those Black Locust trees aren't dead, in a month they will be full of fragrant blossoms and lots of bumble bees.|
Then I'll visit my mom on Sunday. It will be the first time in years that I've been able to go home on Mother's Day.
I will not have a booth at Shepherd's Harvest this year. I will judge the felting competition Saturday morning and then shop to my heart's content. :-) My major purchase will be a lambing jug and a ewe headlock from Sydell. Thankfully I'll get a 10 % discount for being a member of Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers.
Shearing revealed that 3 of my 4 yearling Bluefaced Leicester ewes are bred (along with two yearling Shetlands). Lambing could start as early as May 19th (after Hansel's break out on Christmas Eve day). Having the ewe headlock will allow me to handle tasks like milking out a ewe, letting a lamb nursing from a sensitive new mom, hoof trimming, ear tagging all by myself.
I'm also buying an extra panel so I can have a safe heat lamp area for the lambs. I noticed that the BFL lambs born in March, 2011 grew better than the later born BFL lambs. Once they were dried off and nursing, they were able to take single digit temps without missing a beat or needing a heat lamp. Plus I got all twins with March lambing of the BFLs.
I'm seriously considering attending a Spring/Summer Jacket felting workshop in Otsego, Michigan in July. Anyone want to ride out there with me? Otsego is close to Allegan and Kalamazoo, it's possible to haul a few sheep one way or the other...just thinking out loud here. Shoot me an email if you're interested in traveling and/or sheep transport.
Speaking of which, I have two ram lambs for sale, including the polled moorit gulmoget in the photo below and a horned dark moorit who is not pictured.
|Hattie's twin gulmoget lambs, she always produces rich color.|
If you have time, click on this link to a great article about the Shepherd's Harvest festival director Julie MacKenzie. I loved how the reporter picked up the experience so many of us have with raising our own fiber animals.