I am not sure where the summer has gone but it is. We are working on facility upgrades and additions in our spare time. Hen houses for the pullets to use, farrowing pens for the sows and a new rabbit pen has all been added since I last sat down to write. (I need to do this more often it seems.) The kids are all back in school and I drop the boys off at 5:30 am so that they can get their cross country training in before their school day kicks off. High school football has kicked off and I know that will tie us all up on Friday nights for most of the fall. Between Cross Country and Scholars Bowl competitions
Another busy weekend has come and gone. Jenni and I traveled to Eaton Ohio Friday night after work and picked up a load of sheep Saturday morning. I want to thank Jeff Ebert (Ks), Mrs. Sink (In), and Jake Herrig (Mn) for meeting us there with the lambs we had bought through their online sales. All the lambs were as good as or better than I expected and it is good to meet other sheep folks and learn new things. We also stopped by Poe Hamps in Franklin Indiana on the way back and picked up a pair of ewe lambs. Top to bottom the Poe's have as good a set of sheep as I have seen and I appreciate Kaleb Poe taking time to show me their sheep. Jenni and I also picked up a black Finn ram in southern Indiana for a neighbor and good friend and dropped him off on the way back. They boys and I sheared the rest of our rams and a handful of ewes, wormed our older lambs and worked the newer ones on Sunday afternoon. So all in all it was a terribly busy weekend but a very productive one. On an even brighter note, the sheep that I sheared were all in better shape than I anticipated after our hard winter. I think that our new parasite control practices are paying off.
I have not had a great deal of time to put into this for the last couple of weeks. I did get one gilt Ai'd in time to hopefully have some fall show pigs. We have had a good set of late spring lambs and the boys and I have added a shearing room and working chute to our old barn by the house. We have had a few foot issues with some newly purchased sheep but I believe that will cure itself as we dry up around the barn. I took the boys to the NAQT Small School national scholars bowl contest and believe they had a good run against the best small school competition in the nation. Will finished 36th over all (2nd place freshman) individually and Tom was 101st (8th placing freshman). Their team comprised of four ninth graders finished 40th overall and we expect great things from them as they mature.
One of the prettiest April days that we have had so far. Sunny and in the 70s is a welcome change. One of the yearling ewes lambed this morning with a 7 pound single ewe lamb and that started the day off right. One of the York gilts is showing signs of heat and I plan on A. I.ing her tomorrow before or after work, depending on her attitude.