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11/19/10

  11:08:07 pm, by Karen   , 487 words  
Categories: Journal

Slowing down

It's now approaching Thanksgiving and things are slowing down a bit here on the farm.  The two breeding groups were set up on October 30, about three weeks earlier than we managed last year.  We'll see if it makes a difference.  Sometimes ewes just seem… more »

10/12/10

  12:18:38 am, by Karen   , 486 words  
Categories: Journal

Shearing day!

Today (October 11, ignore date above) was shearing day. We had 3 lambs and 6 ewes, plus a wether to do, and I'm considering whether or not to shear the two rams. I usually don't but one ram has such nice wool it might be worth it. We are not shearing… more »

09/02/10

  01:30:18 pm, by Karen   , 1243 words  
Categories: Journal

Hot, hot summer

As everyone is no doubt aware, this was a very hot summer. Up here, where we usually see only a few 90 degree days, we saw a great many. I wilt in the heat, so getting things done was difficult. We did however have a very good garden this year. Unlik… more »

05/04/10

  09:06:00 pm, by Karen   , 369 words  
Categories: Journal

Things that go "schnargle" in the night

Last night, sometime after midnight, I was roused out of sleep by our dog, Jake, bark-bark-barking at something only he could hear. Jake is an English Shepherd, also commonly known as a farmcollie, and he is very serious about "things that don't belong… more »

04/04/10

  09:22:58 pm, by Karen   , 346 words  
Categories: Journal

Goofy people

So, our sheep paddock is fairly close to the stone wall which forms the boundary between us and one of our neighbors. They had guests over today. I was out doing afternoon chores and had already fed the sheep and was up feeding and watering the chickens… more »

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Sharing ideas from our small farm in NH, where we raise Icelandic sheep and assorted poultry. We are members of ISBONA (Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America) and the CLRC (Canadian Livestock Records Corporation). We also participate in the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program (NH54). Contact us at karen [at] birchtreefarm [dot] com. Please also visit the farm website at Birchtree Farm.
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