We have a lot of new members in the Farm Club. This was the first official Farm Day of the year. The goal was to get the barn ready for Shearing Day next weekend and to get the sheep ready too. I never seem to get time to take photos during Farm Days so my iPhone got handed around and other people took most of these photos.
Right now cleaning the barn involves the trek around or through the mud and muck to get to the manure pile. We spent about an hour and a half cleaning and organizing the barn.
Then it was time to look at the sheep.
We caught each sheep.
We cleaned off ear tags so that the crew will be able to read them next week and won’t have to find me to identify a sheep.
This is Onyx and Esmerelda, two of the BFL-Jacob crossbreds.
We brought all the ewe lambs (born last March) in to replace their lamb ear tags with bigger, more legible ones.
Two ewes had horns that needed trimming to prevent them growing into their faces. It takes one person to hold and one person to use the wire saw.
Last we went to the ram pen. I was standing with the rams and looked up to see everyone looking in.
The ram in front, Buster, had something on his mouth to look at more closely.
I’ll call my vet about this on Monday because I don’t know what it is.
A few people left before I rounded everyone up for a photo. This is the biggest group that we’ve had here. This is a great way to make the chores go quickly. Thanks, Farm Club.