Well it's been a good year and a half since we got our first sheep, and we are in the midst of our second spring lambing. Last year I only had three ewes to breed. We kept two of the ewe lambs born to us last year, to breed this year. One of those was Molly. She is very special to me for a few reasons, mostly because she has a beautiful black wool coat, and as wool is an important commodity from this endeavour, having beautiful natural colours is a definite bonus.
We had been thinking of getting sheep for a few years, and when the time and funds became available, my husband and I decided to pursue this endeavour. On Aug 11, 2013 we brought home our first sheep. We bought three. The largest and oldest was Bob. (He came with that name.)
He was unusually large for a sheep. And he had the biggest set of testicles ever. (Seriously, we could've charged admission just for that!)
For several years now, I've been mad with the idea of getting chickens. I've been doing all kinds of research on them, reading all kinds of books, scouring the internet, visiting friends who have chickens, and I've taken a day class at a near by agricultural school on raising chickens. But our field of grass had been growing unattended for several years, as we didn't have the equipment to mow, nor the will to put in that much effort. The wild willow shrubs were starting to take over, and the general overgrowth of trees and brush along the water's edge was threatening to block the view from sight.