I have been away awhile…needed a break and there was LOTS to do. We needed to bring our BOYS (6 of them) in from their pasture and get them cleaned, trimmed and ready to meet the girls. 100 of which were also brought in from different barns and pastures.
|One of the BOYS, one of 6 Rams. We also got a new young ram this year. He is penned up. He will despense his new teenage energy soon enough.|
|Two tango and 2 shear in less than 1 minute. 300 were pampered this way, spa treatment.|
We will be starting the transhumance, the walk onto high mountain meadows in about 6 weeks, once the majority of weaning from the milk shed has been accomplished and the last of the lambs are no longer dependent on mama. The Naked Ladies and Debutantes will become more attractive by then, with their wool grown out in chic ingenue style. Then they will be dating in groups.
Kind of like a co-ed camp :) Abouty 50 from winter 2011 will move up to co-ed this Spring/Summer...
The rest of the girls are still too young. They are not allowed to date yet and go to their own seperate all girls camp. About 50 from winter 2012 and another 50 from this past winter 2013 go to girls only camp. They are not yet mature and strong enough to be good mothers and to additionally produce milk for the milking season. The ones on the otherside of the feed trough have yet to be sheared.
|"Do I know you?"|
This time at the salon/spa did not keep these twins from recognizing their old mama. This mama is on the thinner side and will probably be retired this following season, the production is taking too much out of her now. The girls are retired after 6 or 7 seasons.
|The one not sheared will go into retirement next week. Note the wool in the trailer.|
This wool in the trailer will be used to burn a few bonfires at the corners of the matured cornfield this summer…keeps the varmints such as wild boars and beavers away, this works because the smell is “too human”, a natural “pesticide” which prevents corn feasting.
In the Fall the cornfield is then transformed into silage.
EVERYBODY, including the naked Ladies are ready for lunch.
The ladies were led to local Spring pasture. The men came in and feasted on vegetable soup, tuna confit with hardboiled eggs and homemade mayonnaise, 5 hour slow roasted young rooster (poule), served with mashed potatoes and peas sauted in onion and lardon, salad, sheepmilk cheese, and plenty of bread. And finally desert, Esne Opilla (caramel flan). I will have to post the recipe sometime.
EVERYTHING came off the farm…except the tuna which came from St Jean de Luz this summer and I had made homemade confit or canned tuna…20kg, fished that morning.