Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Horned Dorset

https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/dorset-horn

http://afs.okstate.edu/breeds/sheep/dorset/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorset_Horn
 Wikipedia is wrong in that Dorset sheep have pink noses!

Some words from others about Dorset fiber.

https://solitudewool.com/blogs/news/110291590-breed-of-the-week-dorset-and-our-dorset-sock-yarn

http://www.rampishamhillfarm.co.uk/wool-and-raw-fleeces


I hope to be posting some of our Horned Dorset fleeces, roving and yarn on our fleece page and on our Wool n' Ewe page on Face Book this coming week. Who know?! I might even dust out the Etsy shop...
https://eweifarmfleece.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/WoolnEwe/



We are an official fiber provider for the Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Livestock Conservancy Initiative



In spite of all the nastiness PETA is spreading about shearing sheep, there are a lot more good news being spread about the sheep industry.

I am excited to be a part of the Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Livestock Conservancy Initiative (as seen in our header).
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SE2SE/

We raised Polled Dorset for a number of years, until we met the Conley sisters from Fruitcake Farm in Grafton, NH. We discovered that they raised Horned Dorset and that they were on the Livestock Conservancy's endangered list. To this day, they are still on the threatened list. https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/conservation-priority-list#Sheep

We LOVE our Horned Dorset sheep! Great mothers, great wool and friendly. Easy to move from location to location and they come equipped with handles. ;)

As part of this initiative, and as an Official Fiber Provider, we will be offering our Horned Dorset raw fleece, roving and yarn for sale here. And, I just might dust out my Etsy shop....
We will also have raw Baby Doll Southdown by the pound and Shetland roving by the ounce, and yarn by the skein. They are both on the Recovering List.
We have Oxford in king sized quilt pads, and possibly raw fleeces later in the spring, as well as raw Tunis later this spring. They are both on the Watch List.
If you are interested in Navajo Churro, also on the Threatened List, I can put you in touch with one of our shearing customers. She has raw fleece and yarn. We will start shearing her crew March 10th.
I also have Jacob roving and yarn available. They are also on the threatened list.

Friday, January 11, 2019

New life, barn help, and more porcupine

 Betty, one of our Horned Dorset ewes, in labor 
 with her first lamb. Proud papa, Chip, looking on.
 The lamb ending up being a little big for her.
So, Jerry took pity and pulled a leg to help.




 For a first timer, she is an excellent mother.
Big ram lamb headed to a 4-H family.

 My barn helper. Callie Calico was so upset
that I was taking too long in the barn, At least
that is what she acted like. She will normally
only come to the door and yell at me. This is the
first time she has come in the barn and hung out.

 Here she has just noticed that Tess, the llama,
has her head over the wall watching her intently.






 

 The porcupine is busy eating hemlock.
 

 REACH for that branch.







 And, another.


No chitting at me today.
I think it knows I am not a threat.

Monday, January 07, 2019

52 weeks of sheep

I joined a group on Face Book last year called 52 weeks of sheep.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/52weeksofsheep/

All I did last year is read posts as I could not spin the first 1/2 of the year due to healing from the 2nd shoulder surgery. Then I did not feel up to spinning one footed as my broken ankle... I did get a lot of knitting done though.

Last week was spinner's choice. This spinner chose to wash fleece.

This week's fleece is Teeswater. My pound came from one of our shearing customers. Cheri Parker at Never Enough Time Fiber Farm. https://www.facebook.com/Neverenoughtimefiberfarm/

Before washing. 1# 6.7 oz.


3 washes and 1 rinse.
I will post updates here as the week progresses.

Porcupine

I can understand today why many people hate porcupines. Besides the obvious when you have dogs...



 


 This is what I first noticed.
Then I saw the porcupine going up the tree.
I came back to the house to get my camera.

 I do not mind that it chose this tree, except
that the fence is tied to it. If you look closely,
you can see the hundreds of holes made by the 
woodpeckers. Thankfully not the Pileated.

 This is a small porcupine. Not much bigger 
my 14 pound cat. I would say it is last year's kit.


 Branch pieces all over the ground 
and piles of porcupine poop.



 You can see at the top of the tree where
it has been debarked and branch pieces chewed off.
 Tess is keeping a close eye on the situation.



 Piles of porcupine poop.

 See how thin the top of the tree is?





Since we don't have a dog, and only once in 26 years
did we have a sheep 'tangle' with a porcupine (Jeremy 
two years ago with a very young one without the barbs
in its quills), and because we have plenty of trees for 
them to do this do, we don't mind have them around.
Now, as long as they stay out of my broccoli patch
this year, and the neighbors as well, all will be good! 

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