Thursday, November 19, 2015

"We're gonna need a bigger...barn"

   I always loved that moment in JAWS when Roy Scheider looks at Robert Shaw and says, "we're gonna need a bigger boat."  So understated.  This week we put the breeding  groups of sheep together and realized that if each ewe only has twins - Finnsheep are known for throwing litters - we will add an additional 14 sheep to our flock in April.  If Rosie harkens back to her dam's  breeding style - she alone could give birth to 6 - yes, 6 lambs.  Our barn is not set up for this.  We can handle things through the summer, but we have got to find a way to add onto our current barn, or  build a second building so we can split the ewes and the  rams and  house  some of the hay that is currently in this barn in another place.
   So they are still getting used to being in different pens with different sheep, but hopefully by mid next month all will be bred and we can go back to our regular penning system.   Then come Spring - lambs!  In the meantime, if anyone wins the lottery and wants to make a charitable donation - we could really use that barn!

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