Kyle Farms All Natural Lamb

  (Avon, New York)
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Late Summer Newsletter

This is our first attempt at a much awaited newsletter to keep you updated on the goings-on at Kyle Farms.  I want to start with letting you know how much we appreciate our customers. This has been a summer of changes for us at Kyle Farms.  
As some of you may have seen Kyle Farm's address has now changed!  Matt recently purchased a new house and has been busy, busy, busy gutting and remodeling to get his new house ready for move in, in time for his wedding this fall.  This is exciting for the farm as well, as the new house comes with a well fenced pasture and attached barn.  The new pasture has provided the perfect place to teach early spring weaned ewe lambs how to graze and a vacation home for our ram flock when they're not scattered through the main flock breeding.  
We are also pleased to announce that DJ and Nate are both newly married, and they are both eagerly awaiting the arrival of the newest generation of Kyle Farms in early 2010.  
Another big change for Kyle Farms is a new employee!  We are excited to welcome our new flock manager Joe Emenheiser!  He joined Kyle Farms this spring and has had his hands full this summer with the end of late spring lambing and almost all of the flock spending the summer out on pasture.  Some of the unique Kyle Farms experiences he's had this summer include members of the local hunt club, Genesee Valley Hunt Club, helping move a group of ewes down the road on horseback, and docking and processing baby lambs on pasture with help from community members of all ages!
Joe has been receiving help protecting the ewes and lambs from another group of new arrivals, our two flock guardian dogs and their three pups (all girls).  They have been diligently protecting our ewes and lambs from the local coyote population.  They are working dogs and choose to live with the flock and are provided with food and shelter for themselves and the pups with the flock.
Now for the part all of you have been waiting for....our late spring lambs were born on pasture in May and June.  They will be weaned in the next two weeks, and moved onto lush pastures that have been saved specially for recently weaned lambs.  They will remain on these pastures until October/November when they will begin to be supplemented with locally raised grains as the grass decreases in nutrition, and we start to experience that lovely western NY fall weather.  By supplementing the lambs with grain we also condition them to being handled and decrease the stresses associated with being sorted and weighed prior to processing in early November.
Coming Soon to Kyle Farms..... Fall lambing will be beginning in early September.  We have selected our ewes to lamb regardless of the season which allows us to meet multiple lamb markets.  Our website is currently being updated with pictures from our summer pastures and more details of lamb pick up as it gets closer to fall. 

Thank you all for your support and interest in Kyle Farms All Natural Lamb!  We look forward to providing you with quality, locally and humanely raised, all natural lamb.

The Staff of Kyle Farms

 
 

Man (and Sheep)'s Best Friend

 

As spring slowly shows its head and the flocks are getting sorted, shorn, and moved to green spring pastures, there is one indispensable worker on the farm that needs to be mentioned, the Border Collie

Kyle Farms currently employs one Border Collie, Pete, who's skills and work ethic are extraordinarily important to the farm.  Peter is an 8 year old, male, tricolor Border Collie.  He will single handedly fetch and move groups of ewes from pastures, woods, and gullies and with the assistance of a person on foot or 4-wheeler will move the flock where ever they need to go.  The lambing manager says that Pete is amazing in his ability to recognize which ewe needs to be caught to go in a jug and to find and keep the ewe close enough to be caught and penned with her lambs (an amazing help with confused, scatterbrained yearlings).  Without dogs to move and manage the flock in open pastures and through sorting systems, management procedures would take much longer and require a lot more "person" power. 

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