Our Jacob ram lamb sported no only a nicely developing fleece, but two perfect sets of horns, equal size, shape, and symmetry.
Until one morning this week when I discovered one torn from his head, leaving only a bleeding stump behind, I'm posting a photo below. Over time the stump should heal and re-harden, but I'm doubtful whether a matching horn will grow once again.
****Note - the photo is a little graphic if you're not comfortable seeing this type of thing ...
Although I have removed most blooms from our first-year strawberry plants, a few hidden berries make a sweet snack when I discover them.
With lots of bright sunshine and warm temperatures, I spent most of the morning washing our last fleece from the February shearing. This is Maggie's fleece, probably the best of the lot with an excellent rating.
The cats greatly enjoyed this activity, playing with the bits of wool that fall to the ground when I skirt the fleece.
Rabbits produce a nutrient-packed fertilizer for all types of garden soils that does not require an allocated time for decomposition (as compared to horse, cow, chicken, etc. that will burn growing plants if added too quickly).
Rabbit pellets can be added directly to the soil and will dissolve over time with watering and rain. Or, pellets can be placed in a container of water and be allowed to steep for a period of time into a liquid fertilizer brew.
Although we use these pellets extensively in our own garden beds, we are offering these for sale through our website (and eventually our Etsy shop - check for availability). Price will be $5 per quart with a nominal shipping fee added or stop by our farm for pickup!
Although this may appear the rustic form of a French guillotine, it is in fact our newly-built goat-milking, hoof-trimming, eye-checking stand.
Don't laugh ...
Our first contestant for hoof-trimming this afternoon was Jackson, our Jacob sheep ram. Although beginning with a ram may seem ill-advised, he is the easiest to catch and often the calmest of all of our animals.
Not that he enjoyed his experience in the 'tine.
Most hoof-trimming experts simply flip a sheep onto their backside with turned head; however, this set of horns makes such a position problematic.
And our final victim of the day (no photos of the ewes and female goat, I am afraid) - Heebs.
English peas. Climbing peas. Green peas. Spring peas. Whatever label one chooses to use, ours are quickly ripening and may be ready for at least a small harvest by Memorial Day weekend.
I've planted some along a trellis.
And others climbing tomato cages.
We built new cages this week for our trio of English Angora kits, who are growing quickly. I'm not certain when their first molting will occur, but their fiber looks beautiful as it gains length.
Jacob sheep ram lamb Rex is growing quickly on spring grass and his mother's milk. Here he is at one month.
And here he is approaching two months. He sports two sets of horns.
Plus he appears to have the making of an excellent fleece.
This is our story, in real time and in photos. It is neither unique nor unusual nor extraordinary. But it is our story.