Almost July, and there is SO much pasture for the sheep this year. When I sold the cattle last year, I bought a couple of small flocks to expand mine, but we’re still nowhere near carrying capacity of the farm. That’s okay, for that allows me to do a little more experimentation with pasture rotation. I started grazing early–April 1–because the lambing ewes really needed fresh grass to eat, and we’re now rotating back to pastures that have been rested for 2 1/2 months. The forage is not so vegetative, but I am allowing them to “waste” more. Lambs are growing well and the ewes are in good shape.
There will be two educational events here at the farm this summer. On Saturday, July 16 I’m teaching an all day Driftless Folk School class on “Raising Sheep” and there will be a MOSA Field Day here on Tuesday, July 26 from 1-4pm.