All of the lambs have been relocated to their new homes. Which of course made Bryn cry with each departure! Our one held back ewe lamb (Lady) seems fine with it. She a bit of an aloof princess anyways. This is a picture of Blinky on his ride home.
If it looks like he’s sitting in a seat…he basically is! His new owners didn’t have a crate for him so they put him in the back of the SUV for the drive home. Too funny!
I drove Homer and Spot over to their new home which is only a few miles away on the island. Since they will be fiber animals Homer got his testicles banded a few weeks ago. The scrotum then atrophies and falls off. His hadn’t fallen off yet and I didn’t want to have his new owners fret about it. So Mark flipped him over on his back and I felt his sack. It was now shriveled and hard as a walnut. I took the box cutter and cut off the scrotum right below the band. No blood and not even a flinch from Homer. I then removed the band and covered the area with iodine.
The lambs have been going to their new homes over the past two weeks which I was hoping would help with the ewe’s drying off. Poor Luanne’s bag is so big and tight! I hand milked a bit out to relieve some of the pressure. She must have been grateful since she wagged her tail the whole time. If I was around more I’d consider milking her for awhile as she was drying up. Bryn asked to try milking her and to try some of the milk. She said the milk was icky but I see some Luann Ewe Cheese sometime in our future.
Mark’s on piglet watch with Black Betty (his favorite Berskshire sow). She’s due any day and he’s moved her up to the farrowing area. Not to worry, these are nothing like the commercial farrowing crates. I can hardly wait for piglets!
Lastly, it has been a very rewarding few weeks selling our pork and Sol Farm’s veggies. We’ve met great people and gotten wonderful reviews. I’ve decided to try to fill an order for a handful of people over in Bellevue and will take the pork and produce over on Wednesday for them.