We are still awaiting our sheep to get their wool sheared off. This is a VERY busy time for the shearers in the area, and it doesn't help when the main person falls ill. Poor guy! So our sheep are hanging out under the trees in the tall cool grass until they can get the extra weight clipped off.
Have you ever ran your hands through wool and felt the greasy feeling? Lanolin's waterproofing property aids sheep in shedding water from their coats. Certain breeds of sheep produce large amounts of lanolin, and the extraction can be performed by squeezing the sheep's harvested wool between rollers. Most or all of the lanolin is removed from wool when it is processed into textiles, such as yarn or felt. Lanolin's role in nature is to protect wool and skin against the ravages of climate and the environment
The cows have been busy with their calves. We had 13 for our last newsletter and are up to 23 little ones out there running around. The cow below is one of our first calves born back in 2004, which we named "Hershey". I am not sure who these two calves are, but only one belongs to her.
Black cows in the shade of a tree are certainly not the best for photo shoots!
We brought in a batch of 200 fryer chicks a couple weeks ago and they are getting ready to expand in to a larger area. They grow so quickly! We are scheduled for another batch of chicks to come in a couple weeks so we need to start making room for them all.
We have a batch of chickens that we call the household chickens that roam around our front yard and roost in our trees by the house. The darn ol' rooster is stealing the hens from the back pasture, as we have nearly doubled the amount of chickens in our front pasture in the past couple weeks. Several of our hens are starting to set on their eggs that they have hidden, as we have a couple batches of "unplanned" chicks running around. You would think that I would have more control of the situation!
Our next batch of feeder pigs should be arriving soon. I guess it has been an interesting year in the pig business as well as all of the rest of the farming business! We are expecting to have them available to see at the Farm Day!
2 pounds lamb riblets 1 � cup dry white wine
4 Tbls oil 1 pound whole figs
1 large onion - chopped 1 Tbls flour
Salt & pepper
Cut riblets in to 2" pieces and brown in oil
Add onion and cook until caramelized
Sprinkle flour over top and blend well
Add wine, slowly and mix to thicken.
Place figs in with the meat
Cover and simmer one hour