Managing Summer Parasites

  With the sheep on pasture full time now, managing summer parasites becomes top priority on our farm. At this time of year, an over load of intestinal parasites is the primary cause of illness and even death in sheep, often effecting those with a compromised immune system, nursing ewes, or young lambs. I have found that the key to … Read More

The Three Distinct Phases of a Gotland Fleece

Having nearly completed my third winter with Gotland sheep, I find I am still learning about this wonderful breed of sheep. Gotland sheep originate on Gotland island where the weather is a little more temperate than on our farm in Vermont. Our winters are longer, more snowy, and colder. Gotlands are now scattered across North America, living in all kinds … Read More

Three Things to Love About Gotlands – Part III

This is the last of a three part series on three things to love about Gotlands. I have shared their fun loving and playful personalities and their sweet and loving dispositions. It is the third trait, however, that brings more laughter to our farm, their sense of curiosity. Things to love about Gotlands – Sense of Curiosity The dictionary defines curiosity as: … Read More

Three Things to Love About Gotlands – Part II

Last week I began a series on three things to love about Gotlands. Gotland sheep are great for family farms. Their personalities make them easy keepers and a joy to be around. In my first post, I shared with you their playfulness and sense of adventure. Today, we will see their desire to converse and form a bond with their … Read More

Vermont Winter ~ Posting with Anna Goodling

Last week, winter raged with wind and snow, making fences grow shorter and hay feeders disappear. The distant mountains were white on white and the snow plow left a swirl of snow behind it. Friends and relatives sent messages that read, “I know you’ll be glad when spring arrives.” or “Stay inside where it is warm.” They do not understand … Read More

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