Change is in the air

Fall is quickly taking hold with the trees shedding their leaves and frost on the ground when I wake up. We put up more permanent fencing on the hill for the sheep to winter on.  The waters in the pastures this morning had a nice layer of ice on top that I broke apart for the animals. I realized that I have been feverishly knitting christmas gifts but don’t have a pair of mittens for myself.
I worked Gus today on the sheep he was good but Purdy wasn’t impressed with either of us.  When I was moving the chicken fence down the hill a bit Purdy had this look on her face that clearly said “that’s my hill your giving the chickens you will regret this choice.”  Shortly after the Purdy snuck up behind Gus and snorted on him which startled him. I was pretty sure I could hear Purdy laughing at us.

 

Dream Big

In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities. -Janos Arnay

I thought it might be time to introduce ourselves since we have acquired so many new followers.  If you have been following us from the beginning you might have noticed that Cacia Farms has been many things. We started out when I convinced my husband we would raise meat rabbits on our 1/4 acre lot in our small town. Well 30 some odd rabbits, 3 cats, 3 dogs, and a horse later I convinced my husband to move to a farm. Let me first tell you about my husband Jeff he is the most patient, kind and caring person I know. Jeff puts up with all my dreams which are many and the best part is that he truly believes I am capable of achieving every one of them.

We have been on our 21 acre farm for a year now and we absolutely love it! Our main focus on the farm is the raising of wool sheep. The breed of sheep we raise are called Lincoln Longwools which are a heritage breed. Lincoln’s are a dual purpose breed that produces a fast growing fleeces that has a wide lock and bold crimp. We also have a livestock guardian llama whose job it is to protect the sheep from predators.

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Not Impressed!

When my husband woke up late and asked if the baby and I could do morning chores yesterday I had no idea what I was in for!  Usually chores are easy and relaxing as I love going out and talking to my sheep (I call them my girls) all while Purdy dutifully watches over them.  Everything was off to a great start the horses were well behave and eating in their stalls while I walked out to do the sheep and llama.  I made it halfway to the sheep pasture before I realized something was terribly wrong followed by some pretty colorful language on my part.

In an effort I believe to scratch herself Purdy had become entangled in the cattle panel we use for a gate on the hoop house.   She had kushed down and had her neck through one of the holes on the panel.  Now if this had been Ewestace, Purl or even the Little Buffalo it would have been no problem.  If they do get stuck they patiently wait for me to come and disentangle them, Purdy however had other ideas.

I set about freeing the llama which my daughter thought was highly entertaining as I was wearing her on the front of me.  Gently pushing her head and neck through the hole wasn’t going to work since she was trying to spit and eat me all at the same time.  I ended up doing a combination of pushing her shoulders and pulling her rump end to free her.  She did get one good kick in that nailed me right above the knee.

The whole time I am trying to free Purdy my sheep are being as always every so helpful.  Ewestace had come over and was investigating the llama on the other side of the fence from me which only made Purdy angrier.  Purl was standing next to me trying to convince me to leave the llama and it was more important to pet her.  I explained to Purl that we needed Purdy and her head scratches would have to wait.  Luna who I had only just pinned down the day before to medicate and was still extremely wary of me decided the best corse of action was to bounce off the walls of the hoop house in an effort to be uncatchable and very much in my way.

The best reaction out of all the sheep however was the Little Buffalo.  If you have not met her imagine a very small little brown sheep who doesn’t usually make any noise or get into trouble.  Her survival tactic is to hide herself among the other sheep and stay close to Purdy (this is my llama’s favorite sheep).

The Little Buffalo stood near the gate for a few minutes studying the situation when she suddenly made the tiniest noise.  It was almost as if her anxiety had reached a natural level at which point it escaped and she went running off in the other direction.  I could just picture one of those cartoon bubble above her head that said “Run they are killing the llama and we are all next!”

Thankfully  everyone escaped morning chores unharmed and safe although i did accidentally dump Purdy’s breakfast on my kiddos head.  In other news the chicken incubator is on lockdown and we are just waiting for the little peeps arrival.  Jeff and I built their very adorable brooder box today and I will keep you updated on their progress!  Be sure to go like our Facebook Page as the most current updates will be posted there!

But Why?

While waiting for Purdy to eat her breakfast grain this is an ongoing conversation I have with Purl one of our Lincoln Longwools and my favorite sheep next to Ewestace of course.

Purl:  I see you brought Purdy grain for breakfast again…

Me:  Why yes Purl I did.

Purl:  I see and why do I not get grain?

Me:  Well Purl you don’t need grain to be nice you’re just friendly all the time.  Purdy however will become a feral beast if I don’t bribe her with grain daily.

Purl:  So basically your saying that I should be mean and I will get treats… this seems wrong.

Me:  No, Purl if you were mean that would just mean that I would need to bring the border collie more often to do chores and make you do what I wanted.  Purdy however won’t listen to the dog and she spits.

Purl:  Right new life goal learn to spit!

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Farm update

I thought I would give a general update on the farm for everyone today.  Lola the pig and I have come to an understanding, which is Lola isn’t allowed to taste me or eat me when I go into her enclosure and I will continue to feed her.  Instead of charging me and trying to taste me she now will stand on the other side of her pen while I feed her and change her water.  I know this is progress but I still wish she was a little friendlier but then again she is intended to be a christmas ham so if it makes her happy to dream about eating the human then I guess that is fine too.  The chickens are getting big and look less like tiny dinosaurs and more like chickens that may lay me eggs soon.  Purdy has settled in very nicely to her pasture and takes her job of sheep guardian very seriously unless one of them is trying to eat her grain then she will tell them not to kindly she likes her space at mealtimes.  The sheep are wonderful and amazing and I love them.  I think that the sheep have to be one of my favorite parts of my farm so far.  I have to admit that I do have a favorite sheep and most surprisingly it isn’t Ewestace.  Purl one of our Lincoln Longwools has the sweetest disposition she comes over every time that I am in the pasture to get head and back scratches and to check if I brought her any goodies (which I usually do).  The house is coming together and my upstairs carpets still smell amazing.  We are almost finished moving upstairs which means I just have to start unpacking the last of the boxes we have into the downstairs bedroom.  Oh and lastly in investigating our water situation for animals it has been decided that we are going to have to dig a new well.  I am not overly excited about this prospect not only because it sounds expensive but it will stress out the animals (and me) but I am glad that soon we will have plenty of water for everyone.