This past month has really been its normal busy time for us. Photo opportunities have been afterthoughts, and I apologize.
We have sent off another flock of birds for processing and have already placed a new batch this past week. We did a complete clean-out of the litter of all our houses. Most went straight to the pastures or hay fields, and we stored some in the barn for future use.
We have been blessed with about four inches of rain in the past week that will really get the summer grasses going. We also got our 70 yearling heifers artificially inseminated the past couple of weeks. We also turned all our bulls out for the sixty- to ninety-day breeding season for our older cows. Our next project with the cows will be to get them all wormed and the calves processed with vaccines and castration of the bull calves.
Also, all our hay fields are ready to be baled. On any given day between now and frost we will be tending to our normal chores in the poultry houses and baling hay. I really enjoy the haying season, though. I love the challenge of making superior quality hay for livestock consumption.
The girls have finished school and will be deciding which lambs they will show this summer and fall. I missed a photo of the sheep shearing processes, which happened about two weeks ago. We hire a contractor to shear the wool off all our sheep annually. It is a very labor intensive, back-breaking job, but the guy we use does it like a pro. He gathers the wool in large sacks and sends to a processor for us to sell. The wool brings a little less than what it cost to have them sheared, but the ewes really need the wool removed before the really hot part of summer.
Hopefully over the coming weeks I will do a better job of slowing down and getting some more photos to share. In the meantime, I would encourage you to Google YouTube videos of folks shearing sheep. It amazes me how fast some of these folks can shear a sheep.