WE HAVE WOOL!!!!

Finally, after months of waiting we have our spring wool clip in. This is very exciting as we get a chance to see what our wool really looks like. We are pleased to say, we are REALLY happy with it!

Amazing Icelandic Rug Yarn from Marley.
Amazing Icelandic Rug Yarn from Marley. For sale in our Etsy Store now!

Not only have we had some beautiful yarns made, but we will soon have some high quality felting batts and pre-felts available in a variety of colours.

We chooses our breeds very carefully for wool quality. Our combination of breeds are producing a soft, medium fine wool in a range of colours, many with a nice sheen, and of course white.

Amazing Icelandic Rug Yarn from Pepper.
Amazing Icelandic Rug Yarn from Pepper.For sale in our Etsy Store now!

In the coming weeks we will also have some beautiful locks for sale.

Beautifully soft finnsheep yarn from our finn girls.
Beautifully soft finnsheep yarn from our finn girls. For sale in our Etsy Store now!

We are also now offering a great eco-dye starter kit.

Eco-dye kit available. Check it out in our Etsy Store.
Eco-dye kit available. Check it out in our Etsy Store.

This kit is suitable for beginner and experienced dyers alike. These dyes let you mix your own dyes easily and safely. These are the dyes used in the Ontario College of Art’s textile program because they are the safest dyes around.

 

To see what else we have check out our Etsy Store!

 

Visit us at the Inglewood Farmer’s Market Wednesday!

We will be doing our first market of the season tomorrow, Wednesday June 17.

We will have our beautiful wool, felted items from mats to cats, and of course, we will be taking orders for our delicious pastured lamb!

The market is in the Village of Inglewood at Inglewood Park, 15551 MacLaughlin Rd. Caledon.
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See you there!

Time to Order Your Lamb

Now that shearing is done, and the sheep are grazing happily among the grasses and forbs, the future beckons. We are now thinking of our harvest at the end of the summer – LAMB!

We think our lamb is pretty special, for many reasons. All summer our sheep graze summer pastures making sure they get the sweetest and best parts of the pasture. This helps keep them healthy and happy so they grow well.

That’s all our lambs eat, GRASS, just like nature intended.

NO chemicals or antibiotics are used to keep our flock healthy. We prefer to prevent health issues by good management. We don’t do things like dehorn or dock tails – we don’t need to due to the breeds we have chosen. These breeds are also perfectly suited for a grass-based diet –  they get better with age.

Grass fed and finished meats are much higher in omega 3 fatty acids. The University of Ulster in Ireland reports that grassfed lamb and beef have “much higher levels of long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are known to enhance human health” 

A study done by California State University “suggest that grass-based diets elevate precursors for Vitamin A and E, as well as cancer fighting antioxidants such as glutathione (GT) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity as compared to grain-fed contemporaries.

Even Oprah likes grass-fed meats, particularly lamb because it has less marbling, once the fat on the edges if cut off, it becomes a very lean piece of meat.

Once you try our lovely lamb, you will realize that lamb truly is an everyday luxury!

Order before we sell out – supply is limited.

 

We have an easy to use Prime Cut Lamb Box – a selection of the best cuts of meats with minimal bone to have to deal with and we have Whole and Half lamb, cut to your specifications.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us – we’d love to help you chose which is best for you.

Check out our Lamb Link to order.

 

The grazing has begun

Spring is a magical time of year for anyone who likes to be outside. Things are growing, babies are exploring, and life seems to be in overdrive. This is no exception when you are grazing.

You can see what the grass looks like before grazing and after.
You can see what the grass looks like before grazing and after.

Now that we are more or less done lambing (one late ewe left to go) and all the lambs are nibbling grass, it is time for everyone to get outside and have some fun. The sheep have had a taste of outside in their paddock, but it really isn’t the same as nice, juicy, lush spring grazing.

Last Friday was their first time out on “real” pasture after they had a good base of hay in their bellies. With sheep you don’t want to go and switch feed quickly – if your have four stomachs, a belly ache would be brutal.

All the ewes thought it was wonderful! The lambs just had a great time running up and down the strip of grass at top speed and then collapsed in a fuzzy, tired, and content heap.

Since last Friday we have been pulsing the sheep through the pasture quickly to get the most nutritious top parts of the grass as it is growing. Ideally this should be done quickly to begin establishing a staggered growth pattern for grazing into the summer and beyond. When we set up for grazing we always like to have a “base-camp”. This provides water and shade in an area closer than the barn. We think the sheep appreciate this – the lambs particularly seem to like it.

Lamb gangs hanging out.
Lamb gangs hanging out.

So far so good. The sheep are enjoying being outside and we now have enough fencing to set up 2-3 days worth of grazing at a time. It is also interesting to see what types of grasses and forbes grow where on the land, and how the soil differs from area to area- a lot to learn on a new piece of land.

Section of pasture for grazing. They are in each section for a day right now.
Section of pasture for grazing. They are in each section for a day right now.

All this fresh new growth is clock full of nutrition for both mums and babies. Lots protein for mums which in turn produce lots of milk for babies. OUr lambs tend to nurse for a long time. We prefer to let the ewes choose when they are weaned. It also makes it much easier we don’t have to keep everyone seperate.

With all the netting it also means that our livestock dogs, get a bit of a break.

Bob and Delilah having a break from guarding. THey are just hanging and playing.
Bob and Delilah having a break from guarding. THey are just hanging and playing.

 

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