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Miriam is 3 days old now! She is pretend-nibbling everything, very social, nursing and growing well & has a good amount of energy. Her mama, Melody, is so much more comfortable this week, what with the temps down by 30-degrees & the losing of at least 20-lbs! And I am also feeling the relief of finally packing away the lambing kit for 2017 & not keeping half an ear open all night to check on the mamas for signs of lambing!

Miriam's daddy is our Cormo ram, Peter Pan, and does she ever have his face & markings! Already super-floofy on the top of her head, his pudgy, crinkly nose and smile! But she has the largest, dark eyes of a lamb that I've ever seen! It's fun having the Poll Dorset Cormo cross lambs. They're going to be like giant memory foam couches out in the pasture as they get older!

I posted yesterday about how Lottie's fleece was changing from the dark to this beautiful grey - here is a close up.
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#choosewool #localwool #yarnfarm #woollove #fiberarts #knit #smallbatchyarn #singlesourcefiber #sheep #sheepfarm #shetlandsheep #longwayhomestead #farmlife #farmtoneedle #knowyourfarmer #femalefarmerproject #shepherdess

It's no longer a bible for first communion. ... it's a holy squid..Sid! #squid #crochet #handcrochet #handmade #yarnfarm

Counting Sheep

Tonight’s #VermontShepherdess moment is inspired by my daily count.  I count the turkey poults as they zip about their brooder.  I count the Boy Band as I walk out to see them.  I count All The Single Ladies as I take hay out to them.  I count the chicks.  I count the hens to see if there are a few extra to sell to the latest inquirer.  I count the Muppets and the alpacas…

People often ask, “How many sheep do you have?” and I have to pause.  It changes more often than you’d think.  For many years we had just 4 sheep.  Then for many years we had just 12 sheep.  We were at 55 sheep and that just changed as little Miriam was born.  So now, 56.
There was the year that our flock doubled at lambing-time.  That was probably the most significant change in numbers for me to digest.  When we went from 6 to 12.  But since that year, it is, none of it, a bit overwhelming.  I think that gradual growth has been a natural adjustment.  My experience and knowledge-base have increased at an even rate and when things are great, they’re as wonderful with my heart and my head as when I had just four sheep.  When things are terrible, they’re as hard on my heart and my head as when I had just four sheep.
When a person is thinking of adding sheep to their lives, their farm, their property, a new venture, it is good to consider starting small and growing in accordance to experience and resource availability.  You learn so much in the first years of shepherding that can contribute to successful flock-raising.  I often recommend to apprentice where possible and definitely to read, visit farms and find a mentor or two.

Practically speaking, where you are and the productivity of your land will determine how many sheep you are able to sustain. Additionally, if you are seeking to make a profit from the sheep, you will need to factor in the market prices and the likely returns.  Though it may be hard to make a profit from raising sheep on a small scale, it becomes even more difficult when the environment includes a harsh winter and additional feed and shelter must be provided for the sheep or you are learning the hard way about management practices.

Some late night carding #suri #alpaca #fiberarts #yarnfarm

we found a #yarnfarm

The sweetest, Sarah. I'm amazed everyday of the personalities of animals. #ilovesheepandgoats #yarnfarm #wensleydale #hopesfavoritethings

Lottie is such a sweetie, and her beautiful black/gray fleece is rapidly changing to all gray - I didn't know that their fleece can and will change over the first year - but this girl will be all gray, although it seems like her sister might stay really dark!
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#choosewool #localwool #yarnfarm #woollove #fiberarts #knit #smallbatchyarn #singlesourcefiber #sheep #sheepfarm #shetlandsheep #longwayhomestead #farmlife #farmtoneedle #knowyourfarmer #femalefarmerproject #shepherdess

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Lil Miriam & Melody with a bit of #TongueOutTuesday Love
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Counting Sheep

Tonight’s #VermontShepherdess moment is inspired by my daily count.  I count the turkey poults as they zip about their brooder.  I count the Boy Band as I walk out to see them.  I count All The Single Ladies as I take hay out to them.  I count the chicks.  I count the hens to see if there are a few extra to sell to the latest inquirer.  I count the Muppets and the alpacas…

People often ask, “How many sheep do you have?” and I have to pause.  It changes more often than you’d think.  For many years we had just 4 sheep.  Then for many years we had just 12 sheep.  We were at 55 sheep and that just changed as little Miriam was born.  So now, 56.
There was the year that our flock doubled at lambing-time.  That was probably the most significant change in numbers for me to digest.  When we went from 6 to 12.  But since that year, it is, none of it, a bit overwhelming.  I think that gradual growth has been a natural adjustment.  My experience and knowledge-base have increased at an even rate and when things are great, they’re as wonderful with my heart and my head as when I had just four sheep.  When things are terrible, they’re as hard on my heart and my head as when I had just four sheep.
When a person is thinking of adding sheep to their lives, their farm, their property, a new venture, it is good to consider starting small and growing in accordance to experience and resource availability.  You learn so much in the first years of shepherding that can contribute to successful flock-raising.  I often recommend to apprentice where possible and definitely to read, visit farms and find a mentor or two.

Practically speaking, where you are and the productivity of your land will determine how many sheep you are able to sustain. Additionally, if you are seeking to make a profit from the sheep, you will need to factor in the market prices and the likely returns.  Though it may be hard to make a profit from raising sheep on a small scale, it becomes even more difficult when the environment includes a harsh winter and additional feed and shelter must be provided for the sheep or you are learning the hard way about management practices.

I haven't had too much time for weaving lately, but I had the pleasure of making friends with this alpaca while exploring #blockisland #northlightfibers .
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#weaversofinstagram #alpacagram #yarnfarm #fiberart #fiberaddict #rhodeisland #exploring #fiberfriends

I posted yesterday about how Lottie's fleece was changing from the dark to this beautiful grey - here is a close up.
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#choosewool #localwool #yarnfarm #woollove #fiberarts #knit #smallbatchyarn #singlesourcefiber #sheep #sheepfarm #shetlandsheep #longwayhomestead #farmlife #farmtoneedle #knowyourfarmer #femalefarmerproject #shepherdess

Miriam is 3 days old now! She is pretend-nibbling everything, very social, nursing and growing well & has a good amount of energy. Her mama, Melody, is so much more comfortable this week, what with the temps down by 30-degrees & the losing of at least 20-lbs! And I am also feeling the relief of finally packing away the lambing kit for 2017 & not keeping half an ear open all night to check on the mamas for signs of lambing!

Miriam's daddy is our Cormo ram, Peter Pan, and does she ever have his face & markings! Already super-floofy on the top of her head, his pudgy, crinkly nose and smile! But she has the largest, dark eyes of a lamb that I've ever seen! It's fun having the Poll Dorset Cormo cross lambs. They're going to be like giant memory foam couches out in the pasture as they get older!

Lottie is such a sweetie, and her beautiful black/gray fleece is rapidly changing to all gray - I didn't know that their fleece can and will change over the first year - but this girl will be all gray, although it seems like her sister might stay really dark!
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#choosewool #localwool #yarnfarm #woollove #fiberarts #knit #smallbatchyarn #singlesourcefiber #sheep #sheepfarm #shetlandsheep #longwayhomestead #farmlife #farmtoneedle #knowyourfarmer #femalefarmerproject #shepherdess

Cleaning Fiona's seconds (neck, legs, moptop, etc) - this is normally made into rug yarn, but I think this will become skein yarn. It's gorgeously long, soft, & crimpy.
#alpaca #Fiona #fiber #yarn #knitting #crochet #yarnfarm #farmtoyarn #newhampshire

Harvesting for the dye pot and a vase or two. Don't forget tomorrow we are open from 10-4 for Open Farm Day.
#maine #mainefarms #plantdyes #naturaldyes #alpacas #sheep #knittersofinstagram
#yarnfarm

Tauri got a bath today -- now, alpacas don't need baths, but when you develop a bacterial infection on your skin, you get a BATH! And so did I! I was showered with spit, and now I need to take a shower & do a load of laundry. But to show there's no hard feelings, I gave her peaches and she gave me kisses.
#farmlife #alpacas #granitestatealpacas #Tauri #bathtime #peaches #spit #alpaca #yarnfarm #reallife

When you need to take a break after losing your horse and wind up with a blister on your thumb from shearing your angora goats. #workcalmsme #ihaventshearedinsolong #mygoatsmissme #missedmygoats #angoragoat #yarnfarm

Finishing up the monthly sponsorsheep emails! Can't wait to get them in your inboxed! It allows me to go through all the pictures of these beauties!
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#lambs #lambsofig #pastureraised #wool #woolgrower #sheep #sheepfarm #fibrefarm #choosewool #localwool #yarnfarm #woollove #fiberarts #knit #smallbatchyarn #singlesourcefiber #longwayhomestead

What happens when I'm not home. 🙄

They're having waaaaaay to much fun without me.
#Amity #niecelove #granitestatealpacas #farmlife #bonding #yarnfarm

Purebred. Heritage Finnsheep momma with her hybrid heritage Cotswold x Finn lambs, just three weeks old loving the size of these big lambs and their docile manner wrapped up inside lovely wool fleeces 🐑 #woolgrowers #fiberfarm #sustainablefashion #ironwoodhillfarmstudios #heritagesheep #yarnfarm #handspinners #tourdefleece

Alpaca wool dyed with Physocarpus opulifolius (ninebark.) A shrub that also looks great in the landscape.
#dyeplants #naturaldyes #plantdyes #shrubs #mainemade #alpacas #yarnfarm #sustainabletextiles #knittersofinstagram #yarn

This little pile of colored merino mama & babes, with Prince, the Shetland wether-come-to-call, reminds me of a box of chocolates! The Fine Wool (Cormo & Colored Merino) lambs were born in March this spring and are already bigger than the Shetland yearlings!! In this group we are looking at mama Laurel with Levi, Lovage & Lara.

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