This has been such a cool, damp Spring that the grass is way behind and I really can't afford to buy more hay so I'm rotating my flock to where ever there is grass for them to graze! The front yard was getting long so that was the first stop on the buffet. The nice thing about doing this is that I not only save money on feed ~ I don't have to buy GAS for the lawn mower!
Once the girls had the front yard tidied up, we moved down to the ditch by the road.
Bella was a huge help in keeping the girls and their lambs IN the ditch and not on the road! This is a time-consuming way to feed one's flock but there was something deeply satisfying about standing there, with my dog and my crook, watching over my flock.
Satisfying as that may be, I did break down and buy some more step in posts and electric wire and have now put up temporary fencing to keep the sheep OUT of my shrubs and flowers so that I don't have to stand there all the time when they are in the yard. I don't have enough to do the ditch yet but plan on picking up more this week and will at least be able to fence in half the ditch at a time so that I can rotate them down there without having to stand guard all the time.
Another way that I felt real good about saving money this Spring was during lambing. I ran out of straw and needed clean bedding for the jugs. I simply raked up the sun bleached left over hay that was strewn about the pasture and it made wonderful bedding! Clean and dry and it even LOOKED pretty! I was proud of myself for getting double the use out of my hay: feed and bedding! Makes me feel a little bit better for the price we have to pay for the stuff..... ;-)
Moon Shadow and Sunshine (moorit & mioget)
My lovely Zaria with her incredibly handsome son Bling:
2008's last lamb of the season, Bluff Country Bounty Hunter!
And a very special BLAST FROM THE PAST:
Zodiak with baby Dream and her twin sister Make A Wish in May of 2006!
All together now....AAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!