Shady Hill Farms, Ltd.

  (Newbury, Ohio)
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Twelfth Blog From the Sheep Farmer

We are Shady Hill Farms, Ltd.

Exclusive suppliers of premium all natural family farm produced lamb, beef and pork to Great American Lamb Company

We construe sustainability to include making the most of what we have.

Here's a real life example.

Prior farm help saddled us with used hay equipment that, plain and simple, wpuild not tie a single bale of hay.

Junk it! Some said.Cut it loose!

Buy new!

We have decided, instead, to make the most of what we have working with neighbors to refurbish the equipment to either bale hay or sell the equipment in 2010.

Just received a bill for $480 for repairs to the (antique) hay rake.

Probably well worth it when you consider that the (antique but now completely refurbished) hay rake will rake our hay as well as a new hay rake would.

At Shady Hill Farms, we make the most of what we have.

That includes hay equipment that we never wanted but are now saddled with.

Repair, refurbish, and then roll with it!

Better farming: Better Lamb!


Tenth Blog From the Sheep Farmer

This is the Tenth Blog From the Sheep Farmer at Shady Hill Farms, Ltd. in Newbury, Ohio.

Our premium all natural family farm produced lamb is available at sheep skins and heirloom quality 100% virgin wool blankets.

So far there is no indication that anyone reads this blog but we will carry on.

We have had challenges at Shady Hill in 2009, and in addressing all of them I am reminded of the inviolate law of the farm: what you sew you shall reap.

In farming, but also in life in general, one reaps or harvests what one sews or plants.

Our problems are of our own making.

Taking responsibility for our problems, for the issues which challenge us, enables us to address these problems and issues and to build a better future than the past.

I celebrate all of this, that by accepting full and complete responsibility for our problems and issues we can address them and we can build a future that is better than the past.

I'd provide a real life example of this from Shady Hill's today, but am out of blog space.


Eighth Blog From the Sheep Farmer

This is the Eighth Blog From the Sheep Farmer at Shady Hill Farms, Ltd., of Newbury, Ohio.

Better farming: better lamb! That is the motto\ tagline of our affiliated meat and woolen goods business,

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At our Farm we use manure and compost in stead of chemical fertlizers.

The manure is well composted as we clean the barns and pile the manure, it composts further in the piles.

Carcasses are also composted.

In the Fall of the year, when the growing season is over and the fields are readied for the long Winter In Northeast Ohio, we blanket the fields with composted manure and with compost.

We return nutrients to the soil in this manner, paving the way for a bountiful crop of grasses in the Spring to come.

This is suatainable agriculture at its best, manure and compost in lieu of chemical fertilizers.

The livestock will come to the barns soon, to lamb and to wait out the Winter.With the manure hauled the barns and clean and disinfected with lime and bedded with clean and fresh straw.So welcoming!


Fourth Blog from the Sheep Farmer

This past weekend one of our Polled Dorset ewes aborted.

What did we do to respond, to address this issue which threatens our lamb crop?

Did we rush in syringe in hand and administer this and that? Did we shoot first and ask questions later as so many would do, and as so many do?

No, we proceeded in accordance with our own view of best practices.

We consulted with our attending veterinarian over the weekend.

We retrieved and preserved the aborted tissue, and sent it to a lab for extensive testing first thing today.

We'll invest our resources to determine and understand what caused the abortion, if possible.Only then will we administer vaccines or other medications to our ewes, if warranted.

Situtions like this remind us that we must always adhere to our own view of best practices, we need to invest our resources to determine what happened and how best to respond, for the long term benefit of our farm and our livestock.

That's our own view of best practices.

And we certainly will not administer medications unless we have determined that doing so is in the best interest of our farm, our livestock, and our customers.

More later.

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