Friday, August 15, 2014
So Far So Good - Sheep and Honey
The Cutting Crew has been in their new digs for a few days now and so far no problems have developed. The rams haven't tried breaking out to get in with the available young ladies at all but I would say the two guys are not real happy about the fact that the girls are getting all that lovely green grass while they stay dry-lotted.
Can't say I really blame em so I increased their treat ration a bit.
One thing I gotta say about sheep, their stomachs mean more to them then flirting with the ladies through the fence. As soon as some food hits their paddocks they are like... "Later Babe".
It hasn't cooled down enough to make the ewes amorous anyway and the rams know they will get their harem delivered soon enough. I have found chucking a few more ears of my saved and dried corn cobs keep the rams busy for quite a while.
I finally got the latest honey pull all spun out and even built a special extractor base that holds the thing at a pretty good angle and allows the honey to run out without me having to be there. This is huge for my comfort anyway. The weather maybe cooler than usual these days but in order to spin out honey you want the honey house as hot as possible. I had it sitting at about 95 degrees this evening while working and needed some frequent breaks to cool off some. Putting the extractor in it's new cradle and being able to step outside while it drained allowed me to do just that and not have to halt production.
I will take some pictures of it and post em tomorrow.
Had an interesting call from a local young man tonight trying to drum up some butchering work. He graduated with a degree in animal husbandry and I have known the kid for a while now but he just can't seem to land a job that fit's his diploma. Not a new experience for many of us huh? I remember he was hoping to land an inspector position with the USDA originally. Anyway he has decided the butcher business might be the way to go and is letting all his local contacts that raise stock know what he is planning.
He sounds like he has it all worked out and I know he is a good hardworking kid. Not to mention the local community could always use that skill especially for the times I see coming. You know I promised to give and /or send him all the work I could.
If you ain't got community you ain't got Sh&t for what I see coming. Besides even if things continue the slow slide for a while having a slaughter and butcher shop closer than the 30 miles we now have to transport will be a good thing.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!