Kyle Farms All Natural Lamb

  (Avon, New York)
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September/October Newsletter!

 And the most exciting news for September is....NEW PUPPY!  Ok, yes the lovely sheep of Kyle Farms are always exciting, and are looking and doing great by the way.

The newest addition to the working dog ranks at Kyle Farms is Kyle’s Dirt, aka Dirt.  She is a 12wk old, medium coated tri-color Border Collie pup.  She looks to be a very attentive pup, and hopefully will provide Pete with some well-deserved retirement in the next few years.

In other news, Kyle Farms All Natural Lamb will be having a booth at the Genesee Valley Hunt Races (www.geneseevalleyhunt.org) this fall, October 9th to be exact.  We will be located in the Farmer’s Market tent, and will be selling lamb shares as well as having a drawing for a Half Lamb Share.  We hope to have some lovely photos of our ewes and lambs out on the very pastures that the Races are held on as well.  We’d love to have you stop by and see us, while enjoying the fun and entertainment that is the Genesee Valley Hunt Races!

We are still selling shares for Kyle Farms All Natural Lamb, and anticipate processing the lambs the second week of November.  Orders can be placed through our website www.kylefarmsnys.com or by calling 585-568-7817. 

We are well into fall lambing now, with half of the ewes done lambing and the 2nd half just starting up.  The fall lambs seem to be doing very well, and I’m sure will be perfect for our Spring Lamb order!  The spring/summer born lambs are weaned and out on pasture by themselves and getting into all sorts of trouble.  I’m sure there are not too many people who haven’t driven down Nations Rd and noticed that the more ambitious of our spring lambs have learned how to jump the fence hurdles, and bounce in and out imitating the horses that ride through the pastures.  Luckily they generally know how to get back in and haven’t caused too much trouble.

Late Breaking News:  We’re now listed on the Livingston County Locally Made website, with a picture of our ewes and lambs as the main page picture.   Http://www.fingerlakeswest.com/lmade.html   Check it out!

Happy Fall!

 
 

Cornell Sheep and Goat Symposium this Weekend

This coming Saturday, October 24th is the Cornell Sheep and Goat Symposium (and for those in PA the PA Sheep Symposium).  Matt will be speaking at the Cornell Sheep and Goat Symposium, on "How We Do Things at Kyle Farms"  

This should be a very interesting talk as he is very passionate about productive and profitable sheep farming.

Also at the Symposium will be lectures on economics, new developments in the industry and parasites (FAMACHA certification!).  There will be sheep to shawl demo and usually a slaughter demo as well.  More information can be found at sheep.cornell.edu 

 
 

Genesee Valley Hunt Races this Saturday!

The 81st running of the Genesee Valley Hunt Race will be happening on Nations Rd, in Geneseo, NY this weekend.  The events start at 10am and continue all day with activities and entertainment for all.  More information on the Hunt Races can be found at www.geneseevalleyhunt.org

 Kyle Farms sheep are normally found in the fields and pastures that the Hunt Race will cover and will be able to be seen in pastures next to and around the race grounds.  

 This should be a very exciting and fun Saturday event! 

 
 

Shearing Time!

Its that time of year again at Kyle Farms.  Even though the Rochester area is currently getting a lovely April snow, shearing time is still upon us.  Most of the early lambing ewes were shorn in January before they lambed and got to spend most of the winter inside.  Last week was catch up week and everyone who managed to avoid getting shorn with the rest of their groups in January was shorn so they'll have grown a bit of fleece before they get weaned and go out to pasture.  

The plan was to shear the main flock thats been out on pasture starting yesterday but with the lovely winter weather keeping its hold on April, we've had to hold off.  Shearing days are always busy for everyone working as the flock needs to be all brought together from their individual pastures and sorted, shorn, and taken back to their pastures without getting mixed up.  Shearing also lets us get a good look at each individual animal and assess their body condition score, trim any hooves that need attention and perform some internal parasite control if needed.  

Usually only one or two people are needed to help the shearer.  One person will catch the ewes, and bring them to the shearer, hopefully keeping the time between animals being sheared as short as possible.  The other is the wool handler and is responsible for sweeping up the shearers board and keeping the area clean, and collecting and skirting the fleece before it is bagged or baled.  

The atmosphere around shearing is always enjoyable as it brings many people together to work the flock and enjoy the weather! 

 

 
 
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