What I love about wool

Given a certain animal rights group’s campaign against wool these days, I’ve been thinking a lot about why I love wool. First lets talk about sheep.  My sheep have a really great life.  In fact, I think the horses are probably jealous of their nice sturdy, dry, warm barn when  the wind is howling and it is below freezing – don’t worry, we are working on that.  They have food in front of them 24 hours a day and all the fresh  water they can drink.  They freely roam, choosing whether to be outside or inside.  A sturdy fence and …

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Heritage Breed Conference

Last weekend I attended the Heritage Breed Conference in Santa Rosa, California.  This conference is hosted by the Livestock Conservancy and this year it was ‘Everything Sheep’.  I attended some great field trips and workshops – including one on targeted grazing.  I learned so much about pasture management and intensive grazing, lots to implement on the farm in upcoming years.  The talks were very informative, covering everything from marketing to shearing to livestock guardian dogs.  Every one of them seemed to have a topic that was applicable to me.  There were great opportunities to network with other sheep lovers, exchanging …

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Reflections

What happened to fall? Actually, what happened to 2019? As usual we had a lot of farm projects planned for the year.  We use a quarterly planning method where we sit down at the beginning of each quarter and list the things we want to accomplish.  If there are any unfinished tasks from the previous quarter (duh! always!), we decide whether we want to carry them over or postpone them.  We also take time to talk about the things we DID get done and give ourselves a proverbial ‘pat on the back’.  Overall we did pretty well – we got …

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