Kyle Farms All Natural Lamb

  (Avon, New York)
A Day in the Life of an All Natural Lamb
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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! 


Winter Slow Down....or not?

Well, its a new year, 2010, and a nice cold January to boot.  Here at Kyle Farms, January brings snow, cold, wind, lambs!  As of today lambing has started with a trickle.  We've had 4 lambs born so far, and all singles :-(  Hopefully things will start to pick up in the next couple of weeks.  On the plus side, the new-ish barn has been completed and all the fall ewe lambs and their guard dog puppy companions have been moved in!  This made room for more late pregnant ewes to be moved off of pasture yesterday and into the barn.  Lambing season should be condensed this year as we paid very close attention to when ALL the rams came out.  It seems like after every breeding season when we're checking body condition on the early bred ewes, someone finds a ram who managed to avoid being removed with the rest of the boys.  Hopefully lambing season will be a condensed 40-50days this season.  

Along with the pregnant ewes who are slowly getting moved into the barn as they're 2-3wks from lambing, all of the spring ewe lambs, and all of the ewes that lambed in the fall are out on pasture.  This means the warmest job on the farm these days is spending 5 hours in the tractor feeding the pastures. Last year we invested in a bale spreader that will unwind round bales on pasture, making feeding ewes in the snow much easier than unrolling bales by hand.  Also out on pasture are a large group of lambs that came this fall to be fed out on our extra pastures as the farm they're from doesn't have any winter pastures.  This means a lot of hay is fed every other day, rain, snow or wind.  


As you can see in the picture we're trying electronet fencing this year to utilize some old pastures without reliable fencing.  Its working great!  The ewes really respect the fence (always stay about 2ft away) and are chewing down some pastures that haven't been used in 10 years.   




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! 

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