All posts for the month April, 2011
Posted by blacksheepfarms on April 23, 2011
Our life on the farm is always shifting. Besides the changes that the seasons bring, we try new techniques, bring on new animals, and plant new foods and flowers. Sometimes, we love the results, and sometimes, things don’t work the way we had hoped.
A couple of years ago, we got two border collie/blue heeler puppies, Moxie and Molly, from a farmer in Iowa. We got the dogs in anticipation of livestock because we wanted some herding dogs to work on the farm. Also, our other dog, Lexie, was getting pretty old.
Last July, we got 14 American Guinea hogs from a farmer in North Dakota. Our intentions were to raise meat for the family, sell some to other small farms in the area, and to possibly have some meat to sell.
In the last few months, we realized that we just couldn’t handle the energy level of two dogs. We didn’t have the time to train them, either. We also figured out that we wanted to have a small number of pigs around because we want to devote more time to our core farm activities. We were experiencing a case of too many animal distractions.
Luckily, we were able to connect with some people like us: young farmers who are trying to build a life with animals. A couple of weeks ago, Chloe and Alex from Robinette Farms adopted Moxie to chase deer from their fields. Today, Jon and Jamie picked up eight of our hogs to add to their farm. Craiglsist was responsible for bring us all in contact, but Kelly and I love meeting other farmers and look forward to having more time to get to know them.
So, now Black Sheep Farms has one dog, four pigs and a load of birds. Kelly will be getting a new peacock soon, but you know something? I think we’re ready for that.
Posted by blacksheepfarms on April 3, 2011