It has been all about the fall projects for us and putting parts of the farm “to sleep” for the winter. I just pulled up all of the beets for Mark to pickle. Full disclosure here; I won’t eat beets so he’ll get to have them all for himself! We’re trimming the runners on the strawberries and will keep the turnips, potatoes and carrots in the ground until the end of the month.
Gunther, our ram, will be starting his courtship with the flock in about a week. He will be turned in with the ewes for the breeding and we should have a bunch o’ lambs starting mid-March. An added treat to us is that one of our first lambs (a little white ewe named Vanilla) will be coming back for breeding. Our eldest daughter helped to bottle feed her so she is quiet excited to see Vanilla again.
Mark has been spending a lot of time getting the pig runs cleaned out before the winter rains. Additionally, he’s creating a large hoop house over the winter farrowing pens. This will give Rosie and Betty clean, dry and nice smelling areas for the early December piglets.
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