Monday, September 10, 2007

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

This weekend was a long one! Since we decided to leave the farm where we currently live temporary fencing is needed for our sheep and one calf, before they can move up to Pine City. We are moving them to my dad's house- there is already a chicken coop that Chuck built and some fencing. So we added onto the fencing and next will make the shelter bigger. My dad's property borders the Sand Dunes state forest- so the grass is minimal, it will be interesting to see what the sheep and the calf will eat. Having never raised sheep or cows before, we are looking for hay to feed but how much we need we have no idea. I am sure hay will be expensive this year with the lack of rain and all. We have 6 ewes and 4 lambs but the lambs will be butchered before long, and the calf was just born this spring so she is not a full grown cow- I am not sure if that will make a difference.
It was exciting to be putting up fencing for our animals, we know that we made the right decision to go out on our own. We were once told that farming for someone else is great as long as you get paid substantially for it, but farming for yourself has its own rewards- not necessarily monetary.

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