Things on the farm are pretty much routine at the moment. With everyone "in" for the winter there is little excitement. No fences to mend, animals to move, eggs to collect, weeding, harvesting~ just feeding and watering. Soon there will be less to feed and water as the lambs will be butchered soon. Well not all of them we plan to keep a couple to increase our flock, no rams though. It took awhile to find a place, last year we were lucky to have a friend whose brother is a butcher. Anyway the place actually has someone come out to the farm to slaughter, which is really great. You see the lambs have never been in a trailer or anywhere but here at the farm, not only that but can you imagine what the fear and smell of blood at the butcher does to the meat of the animals?
We are starting quite a collection of snow- they are saying there is more to come this week. We don't mind we have plenty of wood to keep us warm and I would much rather have it cold with snow on the ground then just cold! Athelas is doing a good job of modeling the freezing rain that we also received. She did not seem to mind- just wondering when will she gets her hay!
Yesterday I saw her calf still nursing, not sure how long Athelas will allow that, it has been six months already. When we worked at the dairy farm they kept the calves on for about 6 weeks and then they weaned. This is a learning process for us so we really have no idea how long the calf will nurse. I have to say I am a bit confused, so Chuck said something about possibly weaning the calf in order for Athelas to go into heat so we could get her on a better calving schedule, no more hot summer calving. Okay but how do dairy farmers do it. Because milking a cow is just like a calf nursing (right?) so what makes them able to produce milk and go into heat? We weaned the calves but still milked the mothers. Can anyone explain this to me? Am I missing something? Thanks!