Indian Brook Farm

  (Swanzey, New Hampshire)
Raising sheep for wool and sales
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Sheep for sale

Trying to reduce the size of my herd...I'm starting to get a little crowded...my Border Leicester ram will be going in with the ewes in a couple of weeks...so I need to get rid of a few.

 I have three ram lambs for sale for $100 each

I also have 3 ewes...Suzy a 2 year old ewe who had a nice set of twins this spring...$200

then Kelly, a 2010 ewe lamb $150.

and Kerry, ewe lamb $150.

 

I also did an inspection of the beehive this week and the girls are looking good and have lots of honey stored for winter. I plan on getting another hive going next year so I'm really hoping my first hive makes it! Really hoping for more honey next year....I did extract 4 frames this fall and it's wonderful honey! Just not nearly enough of it!

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Here we are...the beginning of June

Had another good year with lambing...no problems...my girls are so good. Ended up with 4 ram and 4 ewe lambs. Only one set of twins out of the older ewes and then singles for the rest. I leave the rams whole as I have a great pasture to keep them separate and I'm terrible trying to band them. A few years back I banded one ram lamb 5 or 6 times and had to cut the bands off when I found that both testes weren't pulled down. So now I sell them whole. The lambs will be available in another month or so. I'll be keeping two of the ewes but the rest are for sale. The ram lambs will be for sale at $100 and the ewes $150. They will have wonderful fleeces.

The garden is doing well also and it looks like we'll have an abundance of peas. I will have to replant the parsnips though as they didn't come up well.

The spring started off very warm and dry but we've now run into quite a bit of rainy cool weather. I'm hoping the blight keeps away and we dry up soon.

 

 
 

1st lamb of the season...

My first ewe to be marked by the ram, Louise, lambed yesterday afternoon. I had finally decided last week that she must have missed the first cycle (she's getting up there in years) as she wasn't that big and hadn't started bagging up until last week. Then walking in to feed the girls last night I found this beautiful little ewe lamb standing there all dried off next to her mom.

I also was pleased to see my garden coming along. I planted carrots yesterday and also noticed my peas are coming up...I'll be planting my spinach and onions later this week.

My hens are laying well and are now out roaming about...I just wish I could keep them out of the barn...we have a hole cut in the door for the cats to go in and out and the chickens use that if we keep the doors shut! We got rid of the rooster and the girls seem much happier as he was quite abusive with them...all of them have bare backs and a couple of them were even ripped a bit.

I have another ewe due to lamb the end of the week and will post more then.

 
 

Spring is here...

We just loaded Tony and he's now heading to his new farm "Round the Bend Farm" in South Dartmouth Mass. I hope he'll do well for them there...such nice folks! We've got another couple of weeks before my two older ewes lamb...then a couple of weeks after that we've got 4 of the youngest ewes due...and a week or so later the last older ewe...hopefully the young ewes don't have any problems as they're coming in about the same time.....our shearer was here last week and we've got some really nice fleeces for sale. Of course it was just a couple of days later we got a spell of windy cold weather and they were not impressed...everyone huddled together inside the barn to wait it out...but it looks like the end of the week holds some really nice weather....so they'll be thankful they're sheared!

We also got the new raised bed vegetable garden installed and filled with soil so it's ready to go when it's a little warmer.

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Fall

We've got the wood in...most of the gardens have been put to sleep...and things are picked up. Now is the time I'm thinking of which ram will go in with which ewes. I had a real nice Cheviot cross ram born this past spring that I just couldn't make myself sell...he's such a sweet guy that always comes over for a scratch behind the ears. Do you think he knew what he was doing when he became such a pet?! My ram I bought last year has been ready to go in with girls for the past month...he stands and looks longingly across the driveway as the girls parade by. He's such a interesting looking fellow for a Cheviot. He's black with tan points and a badger face, although both his parents were white.

I've got 7 ewes that can be bred this year and there were two ewe lambs that were born this year that I will separate out until breeding is over. One ewe lamb will definitely stay but one should go. She's a CheviotXJacob/Romney cross out of my older ewe and the ram above. The rams will be going in with the ewes in a couple of weeks. I don't like them born too early when it's still cold.

The chickens should also be starting to lay eggs soon. I'm looking forward to having fresh eggs for breakfast!

Have a great day!

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