Well one would think that spring was in the wind, but winter is not quite ready to let go. Two weeks ago we had snow on the ground! It snowed three days ago at our house but did not stick. We have now started the constant daily rain. This is going to make the weeds and hopefully the grass we planted grow.
Unfortunately, the Coronavirus is slowing us down. I am working way too much at the hospital getting ready for our Surge. This has left very little time for me to work around the farm. This is going to cause us problems if I cannot figure out how to balance a work/life ratio. I realize it is probably necessary for my health but I continue to work and worry and plan for something that I hope never comes. This is causing me to not have the time or energy for the blog. I will keep at it but there will be a noticeable dip in the quantity of posts I make. As I use this medium for my official farm history to pass on to the next few generations I felt it necessary to add this in here.
The thing about Spring Winter is you get used to warmer weather so when the Mother Winter snaps back and reminds you she is still in charge it just feels colder! Annmarie still persists in her belief that we cannot sleep at night without two windows open in the bedroom. This is in blatant defiance of the outside temperature. Our master bed looks like a blanket display at a market, dominated by Pendleton Wool Blankets. We have decided that we don’t need a weighted anti anxiety blanket as we sleep under multiple wool blankets.
Our sheep continue to have babies!! Just when we think it is all over someone else pops out another lamb. So the ram is still stuck in with the bull and a couple of steers. There is hope that in a few more weeks they will all be done, as a five month lambing season is brutal. We want two months only for lambing season. We need to give him two months to get at everyone. There are too many ewes for him to service everyone in one estrus cycle. He is fat and needs to go on a diet anyways. This will make him work off some of that extra lard.
The sheep are not really any smarter than normal. I had to let this lamb out of the feeder. It managed to get into it but spent the day inside as it could not get out. We have noticed that the brown and white lambs are probably the cutest we have but definitely the weakest. We had another one die this week. I had to put it down. This has caused us to rethink the lambs that we will be saving when we cull this spring. We are going to have to avoid the brown and white ones. The weirdest part of this is that the color is what is separating them out. It makes it easy to pick and choose but it is kinda weird that the most deaths this year have been those sheep with those color markings. We were going to cull out the older ewes anyways and have lots of lambs to choose from so picking won’t be a problem.