This past year has been a whirlwind one. We’ve made it through our first lambing season, expanded the farm, sold a ton of wool, and had a wedding!
We had a successful lambing last year with 52 lambs born and 12 goat kids born. We kept all of our ewe lambs this year to expand our flock and have sold all but 4 of our Suffolk terminal sire rams. We also had great luck finding most of our Lincoln ram lambs great new homes. We did decide to keep one of our Lincoln ram lambs to use next year, he has incredible wool and wonderful personality, he has been nicknamed “Woolbur”.
With keeping our ewe lambs and our female goat kids we have been quickly expanding the farm. We now have 56 ewes bred to lamb this year and 10 goats set to kid this year. We also added an unconventional friend to our sheep farm as well, a big Palomino quarter horse named Quick. I love to ride and am loving our new addition.
This year I have also discovered the magic of online wool sales. In previous years we relied on word of mouth and a few wool sales a year to sell our fleeces. This year I started posting our fleeces for sale on several Facebook sites and have been selling it like crazy. This has allowed me to add more Lincolns, and keep my house a little cleaner 😉
Our last exciting event for the year was the Matt and I (finally) got married! On August 19th we tied the knot at a ceremony in the Michigan State University Gardens. It was a beautiful day and we are beyond happy!
Fast forward to today and we are weathering the cold Michigan winter and looking forward to babies soon. Our goats are due to kid any day now and many are walking around with full udders, our sheep will begin lambing on January 27th so be sure to check back often for lots of baby updates!