Kyle Farms All Natural Lamb

  (Avon, New York)
A Day in the Life of an All Natural Lamb
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Kyle Farms at the Genesee Valley Hunt Races!!!

Very Exciting!  Kyle Farms is going to have a table at the Genesee Valley Hunt Races next Saturday, Oct 9th.  

 

Come see us in the Farmers Market tent, and put your name in a drawing for a half share of our fall All Natural Lamb CSA.

 The races are held on the very pastures that our lambs are born and raised on!  In fact we just moved them off the racetrack pastures this weekend.

 

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Rain Rain Go Away.....

Its raining, its pouring, the old man is snoring......

 Our ewes are definitely not snoring, thats for sure.  This change in the weather (ie. downpour) has brought on lambing hardcore.  At lamb check last night there were 15 new lambs and 6 more ewes starting to lamb!  Its a busy time for sure, but being well into the lambing season is one of my favorite times of year.  And conveniently it happens three times a year!

 

On another exciting note, Kyle Farms would like to welcome a new addition to the farm!  The third generation of Kyle Farms is now made up of Nate and Kelly's son, Jameson (born late December), and DJ and Alexis' new daughter, Emma (born this morning)!  Everyone is doing well, and we all look forward to putting the next generation of sheep farmers to work! :-D

 

Its definitely the season for new birth at Kyle Farms, as our farm manager's border collie has puppies by our dog, Pete, on the ground now, and a local dairy's border collie is expecting puppies by Pete this week!  Pictures to be  posted as available.  In the meantime here's some pictures of the puppies already on the ground!

Puppies at 3 weeks old

 

And of course the happy father, waiting for a belly rub!

 

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SNOW DAY!

Snow Day! (well for some, unfortunately for us the sheep don't take a snow day)

 The snow has been coming down in Western NY today!

 

 

View of the barn from the round bale storage! at 10AM this morning!

 

 

We have taken advantage of the winter months coming in to start catching up on all the little projects that have been on our list.  The guys have been working on transforming an old granary into a barn to raise weaned lambs.  Hopefully we'll have pictures once the project is finished!

Also on the list was getting this year's guard dog puppies spayed!  We are lucky to have a great mature pair of Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd guard dogs, who gave us three female pups this summer, and with lots of intact dogs on the farm we decided it was best to get them spayed before they go out to pastures with the flock this spring.  So add that to the list for this winter!

Along the same lines, they finally got the grain bins put up alongside the barns, so we can store all the corn for the barn lambing ewes and winter pasture supplementation in pest proof, sealed storage, with easy access. :-)

 So everyone celebrate the joys of winter snow! and winter projects! 

 
 

Some Examples of our Sheep

The ram on the left is a January, English-type Suffolk ram, that has not seen grain since weaning and has been on pasture until being brought in for this picture.  The ram on the right is a May Ile de France/Dorset cross ram that was born and raised on pasture as a triplet, and has also not seen grain or a barn until being brought in this week.  We strive to find and utilize terminal rams that don't need to have a grain bucket thrown at them, and can still produce productive, muscular lambs.  The lambs at the top are prime example of what our ewes are producing lambing on pasture.  The ewe is a horned Dorset cross 5 year old ewe that saw no ration supplementation other than the pasture she is on.

This picture taken in August is of Fall ewe lambs and fall bred ewes on a harvested rye field overseeded with clover and orchard grass.

 

 
 

Triplets!

I wanted to share a picture some of our gorgeous new fall lambs.  These lambs are in a jug (small pen) with their mother to help her keep track of them for the first 2 days of life.

  

 
 

Lambing Season Again

Well its officially the last day of summer, and our ewes have started lambing!

 About a third of the flock was officially bred to lamb this fall, however the ewes bred for late spring were run with clean up rams to catch any girls who didn't take.  This means more work for us, as there are multiple groups of ewes that may be getting ready to lamb, but it also means more lambs available for the winter holiday markets!

In the Genesee Valley the weather for our fall lambing season is so variable, that we bring our girls into barns to lamb, generally three weeks prior to them being due.  This means that every three weeks, all ewes that have the potential to be pregnant are sorted through our handling system and checked for udder development and other signs of late pregnancy.  They are then brought into the barns and fed ensiled summer hay supplemented with local grain for the ewes who may need some additional nutritional support.  However, after summer on our pastures, most of these ewes don't see any grain. 

Any ewes that aren't determined to be due within the next three weeks, are put back out on pasture and may be put in with the group that has the rams breeding for early spring lambs.  

This process will repeat itself until 2-3weeks after the last calculated lambing date, or until all ewes due to lamb have lambed, or are diagnosed as open.

 
 

More and More Tech Savy

New photo gallery for Kyle Farms!!

 We're getting more and more tech savy every day :-)

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