The week began with lambs on the ground. The bad news is that after nearly round-the-clock efforts, we lost both twins. Mama ewe (named Charcoal) never dropped her milk, even though her bag was about to burst.
First thing Monday, Bev and Cindy had to take Mom to the ER, for fear she had pneumonia. Thankfully it is bronchitis. At nearly 83 each little thing sets her on her butt for weeks. She's on the road to recovery, and by the end of the week, was nearly back to herself, except for wearing before noon. She's up at 5, so that's a pretty good day.
We received news that we have been pre approved for the NRCS EQUIP Grant. That will help us build 2 20x54ft high tunnels. Looks like we are getting about a 70% funding which is pretty good. We'll still have to come up with another $4K to complete the job. We'll get these built after this year's growing season.
Once these are installed, we'll be able to extend our market to Certified Organic seedlings in the spring as well as all the summer veggies for Farmers' Market, and into the late veggies, too. Not sure we can get to a true 4-season operation for a few more years.
With this grant, we'll be required to take the Master Gardener's course. Sure hope they tailor it to our needs here in SW Utah, where the wind blows daily and we get less than 10 inches of precipitation per year.
By the end of the week, we had 3 live lambs out of 7 born... a really poor start, but considering we had a snow storm, 3 days of wind at better than 30 mph with gusts over 60mph, we were happy to have the 3 we got.
Now we're waiting on more ewes this week (5 total), and 4 goats, including a pygmy that's broader than she is long.
We need to move more than 80 bales of hay, but want the wind to die down a bit, maybe tomorrow morning. With the three of us, and the tractor, the job goes quite smoothly. Cindy goes up on the stack and drops the bales down. Bev and I arrange the bales for pickup and then one of us (my turn) uses the front-end loader to move 2 bales at a time to the feeding areas, one for the sheep ( who go through about a bale a day) and the cows and goats (who also go through about a bale a day).
By moving 80 bales one day, we don't have to do that job again for at least a month or so. Two more moving sessions and it will be time to have this year's crop delivered.