When you have lambs being born, you always have to plan ahead for the following season especially when you plan to retain. This year, we were able to trade some of our gorgeous brown Finn ram lambs for the replacements that we will need for this fall and next year! Our stock here is all tested and we have not introduced anything new that was not tested. And so our new boys, Clark (Gable and grey) the CVM ram and Burl (brown) the Finnsheep ram lamb were quarantined and had to pass their blood work tests before joining the rest of the herd.
Clark is such the gentleman and has joined his ladies. I'm hoping for some lovely CVMs and Cormo CVM Finn crosses in the upcoming Spring. Clark seems happy and has no complaints. He has been courting and kind to his ladies. Clark comes from Heelside Farms in Benson, NC. This farm is full of nostalgia for us and is where we got our very first sheep while still in NC and just getting started. Carolyn and Ricky were so kind and coached us through the whole process. Carolyn also taught us many things about wool and how to get started in that department as well. It was sweet to be back there and exchange our brown Mugwort for their grey Clark. Mugwort quickly found a new home with his own ladies and will hopefully make beautiful brown lambs for the Beasleys soon!
We also exchanged another brown lamb to the Hambys at Fairwinds Farm in PA. They have named their new fella Brick and our new brown Finnsheep ram lamb from them we named Burl! Funny how these two names are so similar - although I really had a rather woodsy name in mind! I think that both of us are very pleased and it was so good to connect with the Hambys again! We originally met this family at the MDS&W festival and were a surprise YCP recipient of a lovely HST black Finn ewe that was a gift from them. Wow! This ewe was such a great addition to our farm, and we immediately fell in love with her. Of course, it's so very nice to bring in another very stout and handsome ram from such lovely people. Burl will be covering our brown Spring ewes in next year's fall. We are expecting great things from our lovely new boys from dear friends all around! A lovely summer with reconnections and new rams to add the the weavings at WoodSong!
With all the chaos of pups, I have not kept up with writing, but this morning was noteworthy enough to get me to sit and remember my literary habit. This morning during chores, Lorna tracked a grain-eating skunk down in our field. Got sprayed in the face. While we were working out our end, she continued to track so that we could take care of the invader. Problem solved... at least one of them. I can certainly say that she is more than just a pretty face! Poor Lorna.
In other news, the puppies have all gone to their new homes with the exception of Elberta who is waiting for just the right working home. It's so nice to trade the puppy pen for having our living room back! Lots of snuggling and cuddling of my big dogs is in order. Poor Benji has had to be isolated as both girls (Lorna and Tansy) went into a strong heat at the same time. As we had not planned to have so many consecutive litters here at once, I let Lorna know under very certain terms that we were going to be waiting till Spring at least before welcoming more puppies here. Lorna laid by where the whelping box used to be to let me know her position and remained there in that place through much of the heat. She is not happy with our decision, but is starting to perk up a bit at this point! Funny how much she seems to know! She really was disappointed. Having the living room seems a good consolation prize though as Lorna climbed up for a good snuggle together.
As for Tansy, she is still just a pup and in fact just turned a year old! She has managed her heat well and was extra sweet and snuggly also. Love my girls! Both have now returned to their full bouncy selves repelling birds of concern and apparently skunks. Herding also, but more about that later. Benji is now back to roam in his domain and life is returning to a nice normal rhythm with the B( -enji) L( -orna) T( -ansy)s!
This blog chronicles our very full life here on WoodSong Farm. We will share everything from dog to sheep stories, unique wooly works, to animal husbandry tips we pick up along the way. I hope this helps to give you an idea of what our extended farm family and wooly projects are like, and that we may somehow benefit everyone who reads about our journey.