"I like my clover patch!"
I snapped a few photos Saturday evening as the sun was going down. We had just moved the adult rams into a new paddock. With all the rain we have received this summer, the pasture growth is amazing. Usually I have to supplement with a bit of hay in late August. But the sheep are up to their bellies in grass and clover this season. It would be wonderful to count on these conditions every year. If so, we could easily sustain a cow-calf pair in the yard as well. But nature is rarely that reliable. So I stock my pastures according to worst case scenario.
Clancy did get the old 10 acre hay field plowed up this summer. He will be disking it a few times this fall and we may put some rye out there to prevent erosion. Next spring we will seed alfalfa. Hopefully that will put us back on the road to producing our own hay again. I bought hay last year, and I still have to buy hay for this winter. Those costs prohibit increasing the flock size. Putting up our own hay should allow more ability to add livestock. Maybe we will do that cow-calf pair then...or add a milk goat! Regardless, I will feel much more secure once we are harvesting our own hay.
In other farm news, the gardens have been supplying us with lovely veggies. We have red potatoes, peppers, and tomatoes whenever we wish. Clancy's watermelons and cantaloupe are coming on strong, but he will probably have to protect them from frost to get them to maturity. It got down to high 30's the other night. Brrrrrrr.
Speaking of shivers...Clancy does not yet have the wood stove going. He is in the process of moving the outdoor boiler to a new location...50 feet from the house AND the new garage. He has poured the cement pad already, but now we need to trench the new pipe line in. Meanwhile, the house is getting awfully chilly at night. Since I had the time today, I gave Betty Cockatiel a bath under some trickling water. (Actually, she decided to take a bath while I was washing my hands.) Then I got out the hair dryer and aimed it at both of us while she sat on my shoulder. She loved it...and I didn't mind being warmed up either.
Time to get back to work...