Thursday, April 7, 2016
Apples in Bloom
Some of the Apple blooms are beginning to open up now. Only a few but the next two days are suppose to be kinda cool again and maybe another hard frost Saturday morning. We might end up losing the Apple blooms if that happens. Of course it isn't as big a deal these days. Used to be the yearly Apple crop was a pretty big haul for us and we made gallons of Apple butter and Apple sauce each Fall but our old Apple trees have been steadily dying off. These days we only have half an Apple tree left of any size and five little replacements. We don't even get enough apples to mess with really. The last big tree that produced well for us died during the Summer of 2012 with the drought.
I spoke a little soon about the ewes being uncooperative it seems. Marble-cake, one of our oldest ewes, decided to give birth this morning to a white boy lamb. She has only given birth to singles the last three years so I was pretty sure this year would be the same. That makes three boys now which is fine with me as I don't see us keeping many ewes from this years batch since we kept 10 from last year's bunch.
If all stays good and everyone makes it through this lambing season that will give us 23 breeding ewes for next season. That's about all I want to handle under the current circumstances, plus we still have three in the invalid flock that are basically pets. This will give me a good number of starting ewes if things take a quick nosedive off the cliff and allow us enough surplus to get through a year if the timing is really bad.
The genetics have been spread out enough that I can also take a ram lamb and use him as a replacement when the time comes that I can't just drive somewhere and buy one. It would require a little weeding and building back up but I have enough breeding ewes from the old ram to get far enough away from line breeding if needed. It wouldn't be an ideal circumstance of course but in a long term grid down situation it is an option I been breeding for. Just in case.
Anyway today was another rain out with high winds once again. The morning was looking good but by the time I made it home from work the storms were rolling in. I did manage to get Hazel and her two new lambs their first taste of pasture today by allowing them out in the West paddock for a bit between storms. I wish I had a video camera to record their antics.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!