Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hello from Ewe & I Farm!

Some of you may be aware that Jerry and I are looking to be a bigger farm. Originally, we were looking in NH. Then, we turned our search south... We found LOTS of farms in KY that we, and my daughter, REALLY liked!

BUT. Isn't there always a but?! We have to get this one on the market soon. That means lots of decluttering, re-homing of 'stuff', and wool fleeces to sell.

I hope to soon be posting fleeces to sell by the pound both here and on the fleece page, as well as Face book. If, in the meantime, there is a particular breed that you may be interested in, and only want a pound raw, let me know at eweifarm@msn.com and put fleece in the subject line. All uncoated fleeces will be $5/pound!

We have lots of raw llama for sale as well at the same $5/pound. Blacks, browns and white/cream/tan mix.

When you email, let me have your zip code, as well as what you are looking for, and I will let you know prices.

Have a fantastic day!!

TTFN.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fixed!!

With direction where to go from my daughter, Valery, the problem has been fixed for now!

Now, I am off to work!!

TTFN.
For some reason my blog has crashed. Maybe making a short entry will help?! I know I need to update it, but working 6 days a week, 8-10 hours each day, for the last 2 weeks and helping with shearing/catching another 6+ hours/day on Sundays makes for a tired shepherdess.

Hopefully, we will be back up and running soon!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Chickens. Parasites and such.

Internal parasitic diseases.
http://msucares.com/poultry/diseases/disparas.htm

Copied from the above website.
Control of External Parasites
There are many insecticides available to help control external poultry parasites. The most effective broad spectrum insecticide is permethrin. Permethrin has a significant residual activity, thus making it ideal for treating facilities and equipment. At reduced concentrations it can be applied to the bird. Follow all manufacturers recommendations when using all insecticides.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permethrin

http://www.jefferspet.com/search/Permethrin?animal[]=Poultry&button=search&utf8=%E2%9C%93

http://www.jefferspet.com/products/permectrin-ii

This sounds like something I should have on the farm for everything, including the chickens!!!

Contains 10% Permethrin to kill flies, lice, mites, ticks (including ticks that carry Lyme disease), fleas, spiders, mosquitoes and cockroaches on horses, beef and dairy cattle, swine, sheep, poultry, dogs and their premises.
Apply as a spray, dip or on a back-rubber. Offers a 30 day residual effect. Easily mixes with water or mineral oil. 5-day slaughter withdrawal for swine.
Premise spray:
8 oz makes 6.25 gallons
1 qt makes 25 gals.
Animal use:
8 oz makes 3 gallons
2.5 oz (5 tablespoons) in 1 gallon
20 mL (4 teaspoons) in 1 qt. water
Do not use on puppies under 3 months.
 
If you care to give your chickens injections...There are a number of them here, and the reasons for using them. http://www.jefferspet.com/pages/poultry

I use this company a LOT!!  http://www.jefferspet.com/

More about parasites. Plus, at the bottom of the page is a whole lot of other information about chickens.
 
I LOVE the Chicken Chick!! This is one, of a number, of people to follow on Face Book for chicken information, stories and humor! https://www.facebook.com/TheChickenChick



Since she has done LOTS & LOTS of research on chickens, I will leave you here with her page.


Intestinal Parasites in Backyard Chicken Flocks

 http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vm015 
Our birds free range as much as possible, so this is not going to happen. I agree with most of what the article has to say. It is great article, if the chickens are confined....
Keep birds off freshly plowed ground where ingestion of earthworms and other insects is more likely.
Use insecticides to control insect populations.

 Chicken illness and treatments 
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/common-chicken-illnesses-and-treatments.html

http://urbanchickens.org/chicken-illness-injury-and-disease/

And, the joys of keeping chickens can be found at the Chicken Chick and here at Urban Chickens.
 http://urbanchickens.org/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Joy-of-Keeping-Chickens/58659269691

And, finally. A great book for all chicken keepers to own. (Personally, we have a number of different books here on the farm for each type of livestock that we raise.)
http://www.amazon.com/The-Joy-Keeping-Chickens-Ultimate/dp/1602393133

Plus, this is my first go to place for any sick animal!
http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/
And, of course, they have a Face Book page.
https://www.facebook.com/MerckVetManual

An update for backyard chicken owners about medications and eggs. Good to know. A must read. Any animal that needs medication, for any reason is separated from their flock/herd and medicated alone. Any eggs that chicken might produce would go right into the manure pile and covered up.
http://phys.org/news/2014-09-veterinary-pharmacologist-eggs-backyard-chickens.html


That was possibly an overload of information for some of you. But, for chicken keepers, I hope you appreciate all the hard work these folks have done in order for people like me to share with you.

I am out of here!

TTFN.

Sheep & goat vaccinations, worming and diseases

(I know I owe pictures, but I've not taken the time yet to download them. They are all on Google though. I just need to figure out how to link my blog to Google...)

I was asked today about sheep & goat vaccinations and worming, so I did a little Google searching. It is always good to know that we give the right product to our animals, as well as to others animals.

I apologize in advance for only using the links in this post. There is a LOT of information in each of these sites that anyone raising sheep or goats for ANY reason should know.

Sheep

This website has LOTS of information.  http://www.sheep101.info/201/vaccinations.html

Everything you could possibly ever want to know about parasites and then some.
 http://www.sheep101.info/201/parasite.html

The whole website is always worth checking out, and rechecking!! Even for those of us who've had sheep for 20+ years.
http://www.sheep101.info/

And, this is where we (personally) buy all our supplies.
http://www.jefferspet.com/pages/sheep

An informative Face Book page.
https://www.facebook.com/MDSmallRuminant

Goats

I don't like the name of this website, but it does tell a lot about the vaccinations goats need, and why.
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/common-vaccinations-for-goats.html

About CDT  http://www.agriview.com/news/livestock/protect-sheep-and-goats-with-cdt-vaccine/article_ea6e3adc-8cb5-11e2-a048-001a4bcf887a.html

More worm information for both sheep and goats.
http://www.agriview.com/news/livestock/new-strategies-for-safeguarding-dewormers-and-the-sheep/article_9e75d89c-f9f7-11e2-9448-0019bb2963f4.html

http://www.agriview.com/news/livestock/protect-livestock-from-internal-parasites-with-spring-deworming/article_148d1b16-c308-11e2-bbb4-001a4bcf887a.html

And where we get our goat supplies.
http://www.jefferspet.com/pages/goat
http://www.jefferspet.com/categories/goat/health-wellness/wormers-dewormers-5



We use this in the spring. Cydectin.
http://www.jefferspet.com/products/cydectin-oral-sheep-drench?via=5338849d9fa2600f0000031a%2F5338849f9fa2600f00000346%2F533884a09fa2600f00000361

And, we use this in the fall. Valbezen.
 http://www.jefferspet.com/products/valbazen-broad-spectrum-dewormer?via=533884a29fa2600f00000395%2F533884a49fa2600f000003c1%2F533884a69fa2600f000003df

Both Cydectin and Valbezen can be used on goats. As well as Safeguard.
http://www.jefferspet.com/products/safe-guard-suspension?via=533884a29fa2600f00000395%2F533884a49fa2600f000003c1%2F533884a69fa2600f000003df


If we have to worm sheep only in between these 2 wormers.we use Ivomectrin in various forms.
http://www.jefferspet.com/products/ivomec-sheep-drench?via=5338849d9fa2600f0000031a%2F5338849f9fa2600f00000346%2F533884a09fa2600f00000361

Also for sheep only.
http://www.jefferspet.com/products/privermectin-sheep-drench


 A lot more information about deworming and the kinds of worms.
http://www.agriview.com/search/?l=25&skin=/&sd=desc&s=start_time&f=html&q=goat%20worm

FAMACHA

 One thing that every goat and sheep producer, whether one animal or hundreds, should know!!

http://www.agriview.com/news/livestock/feature_stories/new-system-recommended-for-parasite-control-in-sheep-goats/article_feedd180-793c-55f5-afe6-359664edc9ac.html

Sheep and Goat Diseases Outlined From A to Z 

 http://www.agriview.com/news/livestock/feature_stories/sheep-and-goat-diseases-outlined-from-a-to-z/article_95378535-8af1-5165-8758-9e06b8a22d50.html

And preventions, outlined.

http://www.agriview.com/news/livestock/feature_stories/sheep-and-goat-disease-treatments-preventions-outlined/article_7495569a-ec1e-5058-adc1-584c2a2fc58a.html

I will be following Agri-View on Face Book as well.
https://www.facebook.com/AgriView

Now that you've been overwhelmed....I am heading onto chickens. Then, llamas and alpacas. And, maybe even pigs. I might wait on cow/cattle info until we actually are in a place to get some. And, then again...

TTFN.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Schedule for our fall shows

 26th annual VT Sheep & Wool Festival  http://vtsheepandwoolfest.com/

Oct 4 & 5, 2014

Tunbridge Fairgrounds
1 Fairground Lane
Tunbridge, VT 05077

Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm
Rain or Shine!

Adults: $6, Seniors: $5
Children under 12: $1
2-day discount available




New Hampshire's 31st Annual Wool Arts Tour  http://www.woolartstournh.com/
Columbus Day Weekend, Oct. 11th & 12th
Saturday 9 - 5 & Sunday 9 - 4

We will be here- SpinnerFarm
                        
192 Old County Rd
Deering, NH 03244
Phone: 603-464-0232

6th annual Green Mountain Fiber Festival https://greenmountainfiberfestival.com/

November 15-16, 2014

Wilder Center
2089 Hartford Ave.
Wilder, Vermont


http://greenmountainfiberfestival.com/Location.html

And, finally on December 6, 2014 from 9 am to 3 pm, we will be in New London, NH for the Wilmot Community Association's Holiday Craft Fair. http://www.wilmotcommunityassoc.com/holiday-craft-fair-vendors/
New London Outing Club’s Indoor Center, 114 Cougar Court, New London, NH 03257

I love copy and paste!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Sorry

I have been MIA here on the blog. Face Book is easier when all I have to do is click share.

Life, and work, have finally slowed down for us. We still have a ewe lamb and a ram lamb that would love to go to another farm as a breeding, or pet, pair. She is 1/2 Jacob and 1/2 Horned Dorset, and pure white. He is 1/2 Dorset and the other 1/2 is mostly Dorset with a tiny bit of Jacob/Border Leicester thrown in 3 generations previously. He is black, and not neutered at this time. $200 for the pair.

We had 2 tiny chicks born to the broody hen. I finally gave in and let us have a dozen eggs. 4 hatched, 2 died, and the rest of the eggs she rolled out of her nest....Brat! The 2 surviving chicks are doing well and growing quickly. Although, I think 1 is a rooster.

Fleeces are growing back in nicely. I need to set up the sewing machine and fixed sheep coats to keep them all clean. So far, so good. But they are out on pasture and getting their round bales in a big square feeder. It seems to be helping keeping the fleeces clean.

I need to get out to the garage and get fleeces photographed and on the web. I've been spending all of my free time from work inside dyeing yarn, unpacking boxes and repacking boxes. I am hoping to have the farm on the market by September 1st. So, anything unnecessary at this time needs to be packed up. We also have walls to paint, trim to put up inside and out that needs to be painted, and the barn and chicken house need to be painted.

I am so looking forward to my sister and brother-in-law spending most of August and September with us!! He can paint and help with trim, and maybe motivate my husband, whereas my sister will help with cleaning, packing and staging. So much to do. Lots of little jobs. Mainly finish work which hubby does not care for. My sister, brother-in-law, daughter and nephews help with the finish work on the last house we built. I thold him he does not have to build another house. Maybe take down some walls, or put some up.

August 22nd we leave here for my daughter's in Connecticut. From there we are driving to Harrodsburg, KY to look at a farm. We will then go check into our hotel by 3. We go back to Harrodsburg to look at 3 other farms on Sunday. Monday we will see 3 farms with 2 different realtors. Tuesday, I know of one farm in Berry, KY. She is going to line up some more for us. We will leave KY  Wednesday morning for CT, and then NH. Back to work Thursday. Or we leave Tuesday after we see the last farm and take turns sleeping, getting back into NH Wednesday night. It is going to be busy, that is for sure. I am hoping to find a farm that speaks to us this time. Not like 3 years ago when we went to WV, TN and NC and found only one that we liked. But, it was too farm south and too far off the beaten path for a shop. And, in KY there are plenty of Food Lion grocery stores near all of the farms we will look at. Food Lion is owned by Hannaford Bros. Jerry works for Hannaford, 35 years in, and can transfer to a Food Lion. I guess sometimes it pays to be working for a chain...

Between my sister and brother-in-law living here, and my sister-in-law & nephews covering when they are not, we can enjoy our trip south with my daughter and her husband!

I am just so excited about the possibility of a new adventure!! We've lived here since January 2000. We have simply outgrown this farm! I am looking forward to being as self sustainable as possible. If I have my way, I'll only come off farm once a month to do my bulk buying of 'stuff' we won't be growing ourselves, like toilet paper and flour. (I know I could grind my own flour, but I won't be growing wheat...) I am hoping to have bigger gardens, at least one cow (for milk and butter) and a bull (for making calves to raise into freezer steer),  a pig or two a year, chickens for eggs, maybe a few birds for meat, and sheep for meat and wool. I am looking forward to having a shop!!! And, having only what I am working on to be in the house.

I am off to get something done around here. If you want to know on a more regular basis what is going on with Ewe & I Farm and it inhabitants, check out our Face Book page!  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ewe-I-Farm/208179205917180?ref_type=bookmark

TTFN!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Thank you Valery!!

Thanks to my daughter, I can now post pictures from the tablet. Which means.....I hope to be posting fleeces for sale soon!! Just need shearing to end. ;)

TTFN.

Random farm pics












Would you believe that Maggie, who is looking at 
us from behind the gates, is 15 this year?!
She is our original Dorset X Romney and
is still incredibly soft. She will become yarn
in the next year, or so. Depends on $$...














Just some pictures from a day on. the farm..  And,, a couple of pictures of the llama that Jerry sheared  with her cria.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

On the farm, as of June 1st

As of June 1st, we had 32 living lambs 8 of which have gone to their new homes. 4 girls will stay for new breeders/fiber producers. 3 ram lambs will stay for the summer because of their small size. We lost 7 lambs due to various reasons and 1 prized ewe. ):

We brought home 4 piglets on the 1st, and Lillian (who was 30 days behind the rest of the ewes) gave birth to a ram lamb, 40 days behind the rest... The piglets escaped their enclosure while dinner was cooking. They happily ran around the yard, into the river with Jerry and I slogging thru knee high, gross water following them. The Lane River is still COLD!! They went under one hard wire fence, under the uncharged electric net back to their enclosure. Eventually they went back in, under the truck cap and hid. I am sure that they were as tired as we were.

Jerry has been all over the state of NH and into VT shearing. The bitter cold we had this winter backed up ALL of our customers. And then the rain came, which backed up even more. We have 52 gorgeous fleeces of our own. But, most were uncoated and got hay down their spines. So, that fleeces were all split. They will be washed and made into roving.

The chickens are producing up to 18 eggs a day with 24 hens. Some are so big they won't fit in a Jumbo box. Those stay here for baking.

And, we are both working at least 40 hours a week at our jobs... The Post Office finally hired a 3rd sub, first in 2 years, that looks like she will work out. Maybe I'll get a little more time off. Not this month though. The man I sub for is taking 3 straight weeks off. That is fine. I will be out of debt that much faster.

My sister and her husband have been in the States from Guam for 5 weeks before we got to see them. Between their schedule and ours, trying to connect has been crazy! We were hoping they were going to stay with us and help get the house ready to put on the market, but they are staying with his mother who is not young nor well. But, Lord willing!!, this house will be on the market by the time we, and my daughter & her husband, go look at farms the end of August. Now, to be home long enough to get something done!!

I am off to see if I can get something done on the farm. Have a great summer and I will be back when I can.

Pictures will follow when I have another minute to sit....

TTFN!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This is pretty close to what I plan to do this spring.

I had not thought of using clothes line to secure the PVC pipe. I plan on using strapping and U-clamps to secure mine. I like a lot of their ideas though.

Go check out their blog!

http://engells-simplegiftsfarm.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-to-build-hoophouse.html

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The first lambs of 2014.


 Pregnant, sheared Jacobs

 Our newest little girl born Monday morning to Heifer.



 Mini Me and her new son born Tuesday.



 Heifer, above, Border Leicester/Jacob X Dorset.
Below, her daughter, Mini Me crossed again with Dorset.
Their kids crossed again with another Dorset.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Random Sunday pictures

 Salad anyone?


 6 eggs by 8 am.
A dozen by 3 pm.



 Maggie is my original Dorset Romney cross.
Her fleece is still soft enough for baby wear.
She turned 15 years old this month and is still going strong.

 The girls let Monster do his own thing.
Any babies born now will be Christopher's.
Any born after April 15th will be Monster's.





 A closed face Horned Dorset, Brenda, with Mini Me
a Border Leicester/Jacob X Dorset, and Lizzie, Border Leicester.

 With all the different sized sheep in the barn 
there is bound to be hay on top of the fleeces.








 The fleeces are much cleaner inside.


 I can't wait to get Tallulah and Daisy May's
fleeces off them. They are shedding...
Hopefully it is only because of pregnancy stress.
 Some of last year's lambs.

 Last year's lambs.
 The tiny one in the front is Magic. She is a pure-bred
Romney who was born later in the spring.


 Mouse, a Romney/Dorset, peeks around the butt of a friend
as if to say, "Are you planning on checking my butt AGAIN?"

As of tonight, March 3rd, there are no lambs.


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