Boosting Your Pasture Nutrition Through Frost Seeding

Frost seeding provides an easy, no-drill method to boost your pasture nutrition and extend your grazing season. With frost seeding, you can add various herbs and legumes to your existing pasture. Seeding is done in the early spring when the night time temperatures fall below freezing and day time temperatures are above freezing. In Vermont, this coincides with sugaring season. The … Read More

Ask the Shepherd-Scrapie Disease and Testing for Susceptibility

Scrapie is a fatal, degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system of sheep and goats. There is no cure and there is no treatment for scrapie, though scientists around the world are searching hard for one. Scrapie is classified as a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). Both scrapie and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE; a.k.a. “Mad Cow” disease) are TSEs, as is … Read More

The Challenge of Keeping Two Breeds of Sheep

About 18 months ago, we made the decision to transition over from raising Romney sheep to raising Gotland sheep. A little over a year ago, our small starter flock of Gotland sheep arrived to our farm. Looking back, it was, and still is, an extremely difficult process, and I am learning the challenges of keeping two breeds of sheep. Selling … Read More

Recycling Christmas Trees on the Farm

Almost all signs of Christmas have been packed away. All the ornaments are stored away in the attic, the window lights put away, the baby Jesus carefully wrapped in the Christmas creche for another year, and all the kids have gone back to college. Only a small pile of pine needles, sprinkled on the porch, remains of the Christmas decor … Read More

Three Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Shepherd in Your Life

Do you need some last minute gift ideas for the shepherd or farmer in your life? Here are a few things I would not want to live without! Practical work clothes-I wore through numerous pairs of jeans before finding a pair of work pants that fit me well. Most work pants are not made for women, but Arborwear has perfected … Read More

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