Oh my heck! This year has just whizzed past. We are two weeks away from starting the kids back to school and nowhere near ready! This year has brought some interesting changes and events, although I can't say that they have been all good!
May brought shearing and of course lambs...lots of lambs!
That's Rastus keeping an eye on the sheep from behind the tarp!
We purchased some cross bred sheep this year that have more suffolk than what we typically run. We like to keep the wool as white as possible, as it brings a better price. What we got out of the deal was bigger lambs, better mothers and some of the cutest lambs we have seen in a while!
I was lucky enough to be able to participate in the Little Snake River Museum's
"Pioneer Days" event this year. I had great company, great groups of kids and great fun! What a wonderful place to be able to spend the day!
We had above average rainfall this Spring...which was a much needed break from the drought conditions we have been experiencing for years. The feed looks good, the fields look good and the crops (that haven't been damaged by grasshoppers) look good! We certainly hope to see more wet springs. Not to mention there was some fun to be had with all that water floating around.
This spring also brought changes for the kids. A kindergarten graduation and pre-school good-byes sent us head first into summer and onto 4-H projects.
Kelton was old enough to join 4-H this year. We started the year out with projects in .22 Shooting Sports, Market Lamb, Breeding Lamb, and Breeding Dairy Goat. Boy did that keep us busy twice a week he would travel to the range with Uncle Tom to sharpen his shooting skills. They had a ball! He also tamed, tracked feed for and learned to groom his animals. The State Livestock Expo was a great experience for him and his lamb, who he named "Pepper" because it goes great with lamb! Unfortunately two weeks before the County Fair, a couple of neighborhood dogs came into the yard in town and killed several of the kid's fair animals. Kelton was able to still show his goat, but both of his lambs and his sisters goats were killed by the dogs. They also got one of the rabbits and four geese. But, Kelton was able to proceed with his Producer's Choice portions of his project and was able to show "Dally" the goat. All in all it was a great experience for him and he did well this year. He placed 1st with his breeding goat, 3rd in showmanship for the goat. Won Producer's Choice for his presentation on sheep wagons in Colorado and took Grand Champion on his shooting sports project which is now at the State Fair!!!