We are currently lambing at Haypenny.
The weather has not cooperated this year and the girls are thankful for the dairy barn they call home. Six ewes have lambed and there are fifteen more to go! I am grateful for the innovation of Oregon Shepherd and their heat saving lamb jackets. Contact Margaret, the cost is $5 each and well worth it. We do not believe in heat lamps at Haypenny, I am too concerned with the possibility of fire. Our lambs are born and receive a jacket and warm pen in the main barn so they can “mother up”. Once everyone is good to go the new family is moved to the cold room, a wing of the barn that is sheltered from wind and drafts. This management is similar to our calves being raised in hutches. Baby animals if protected from drafts, fed warm milk, and given dry bedding thrive in any temperature! New pictures soon come! …we wait for above zero temperatures!
UPDATED: We have 32 lambs on the ground. Our ETI ram has stamped them all with his genetics, very excited to see how they wean. We will start weaning in May. We will have more lambs born in July.
We welcome our new flock stud, Eti, photos to come soon! His breeding comes directly from Australia with heritage in South Africa as well. He is built like a hampshire boar, great muscle mass! You can check his registry info below. We will be breeding to Eti this fall for February lambs in 2014.
I recently returned to the farm with nine ewes and one ram from the Rising Sun Farm in Stacy, MN. These sheep were the foundation stock for my flock three years ago and it is an honor to have them at Haypenny! The ram has been in with the ewes since Thanksgiving and we will have Purebred St Croix lambs on the ground this spring! You may inquire about purchases @ email@example.com
Best thing since milk!
The milk shuttle is a portable milk warming and dispensing unit. We received our unit last month and are very pleased with its function…it’ s ALL function. This unit will warm and agitate the milk until YOU are ready to feed calves. Then the unit will drive to your destination to auto dispense milk. It can remember a number of different amounts of liquid. The unit will automatically stop dispensing if you reach the lower critical temperature, important with calves. The unit is easy to clean and stores tight to any space. We needed no barn renovations to run the shuttle from milk house to calf hutches. Once a drudgery, feeding calves is cake, now everyone enjoys the short trip outside. Our goal was to feed entirely whole milk to our calves, the shuttle allows us to achieve this!
Joe and I attended a day at the World Dairy Expo last week. We spent 6 hours visiting with vendors and collecting information for our farm. The vendors closed at 5 pm and we headed through the barns to view show cows of all dairy breeds. Most vendors on our list had to do with calf health. Currently we only two areas to address within calf raising; birds in the wean pen water=e coli YUCK and sickness that effects 3% of our baby calves after the first week of life.
Here is a short list of new vendors:
Milk Shuttle portable milk feeding unit
Globimax specialized egg proteins for calf milk
Calf Veranda group pen system
And of course I took photos of the Expo, check them out!
Big surprise in the morning from this little plant. It is reminding me I must bring it in soon to keep from frost!
During the summer months we out pasture our heifers at the farm. This means we open a lane that the girls can walk down to graze pasture that is removed from the farm yard. In order to keep them comfortable we supply water in the field. This also allows them to spend more time grazing and less time walking. We use a 1000 gallon water wagon to supply the fresh water. The wagon is usually pulled by a tractor or farm truck.
I filled the tanks and made sure everyone had a chance to drink. This time in the field also allows Joe and I to see how everyone is doing. We monitor fly problems and also can see if anyone is close to calving.
While the rest of the family worked…Kota decided to stay in the truck. It seemed she knew the routine and decided the short trip would be over soon enough, and there was no reason to leave the vehicle.