Sunday, April 12, 2015
Sunday Reading - Lambing Continues and Tiller Fail
We actually have had two full days without rain which meant I finally had a chance to mow the grass before it got too thick in places. As usual this time of year it took twice as long to mow it and the spots that went into super grow mode look like lines of hay waiting to be baled. I also get to find all those little things that everyone seems to have forgot they casually left in the yard.
On the plus side nothing broke down. Usually however I have noticed I make it through the first mowing or two before things start to break. In another four days I will get to start all over again the stuff grows so fast here this time of year.
Lambing has slowed down considerably the last couple of days and all but two of the birthing stalls are now free. So far we have only lost one still born lamb but we did have another problem birth this afternoon while I was mowing. Luckily my mother was right there and managed to pull the first lamb before it suffocated. I have to give the old girl credit she may get on my nerves but she can still midwife a lamb birth with the best of them. She reached in there and fought with all she had to save that lambs life.
So far we have 19 lambs on the ground and looking healthy. Eleven boys and eight girls. So it's certainly been a year for the boys. At this point in our operation though we can't keep all the ewes we breed anyway so whethers end up bringing in about the same amount of cash overall. Our meat sales have actually been growing too so it's all about the same.
We have definitely lost one breeding ewe though as she has stopped producing milk and no way I am going to breed her again. She barely survived this last birth and we have been bottle feeding the lambs so looks like she becomes the first retired ewe on the place.
Many people would think about selling her off at this point and in different circumstances I would too but as it stands right now we can afford a bit of extra weight and to be honest having an older retired ewe or whether around is not always a bad thing. It makes weaning time go easier to give the young ones a leader who knows the ropes when I separate the flock.
The tiller was a fail. I got all the parts I needed to get the thing hooked up and found out my biggest fear was in fact a reality and the tiller was geared for a 2000 RPM PTO. Nothing to do now but try and find a buyer for it. Too bad too because if it had worked it would have been perfect for my needs. Those old 2K implements are hard to find and some people will pay dearly to get them but not sure how much of a market there really is in my area. I guess we will see.
Since I now have a little bit of breathing room I can start putting out swarm traps tomorrow and maybe if the rain they are predicting doesn't show I might even be able to start sinking posts on Monday.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!