Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ricotta Cheese!

I am terribly proud of myself and just had to share......

Yup, I made that cheese. all by myself with milk from my very own cow!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Our new farm residents.....

This is Yosemite Sam, our new Icelandic Rooster. We now have one Icelandic Rooster and 3 hens.......Thanks Laurie!!! I love these guys :) In the spring we hope to be incubating eggs as we already have requests for chicks!

This is my new cow a lovely Dexter named Mama Cow. I am up milking every morning at 7 am and at night at about 7:30 pm and loving every minute!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Back from Michigan Fiber Fest!

Yep, that a first place ribbon you see there! I am tickled pink! This is the fleece from my ram, Herman. I weighed 10lbs before skirting! I skirted it extra heavy for show and it weighed in at 6 lbs.
Letty Klein (author of the Shepherd's Rug) was the judge. It was great learning experience! It was my first try at showing and I was a nervous wreck but it went off without a hitch!
If you ever get the chance to watch a fleece competition it is well worth your time. You will be amazed at the information you will soak in.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Farm Fresh!

Farm Fresh Eggs!

Farm Fresh Fiber!

Sheep!! (Farm Fresh?)

Kids!! (Farm Fresh!)

Enjoy your weekend! We are off the Michigan Fiber Festival to peddle our goods and see how our Cormo ram's fleece does in the competition.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

We have a winner!

SupaCindy3000! Please contact me at countingsheepfarm [@] with your address.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Comedy of Errors.....

Perhaps that should be the name of our farm! Wait until you hear this!!

(If you haven't had a chance to enter the contest or if you are looking for it click here.)

Alright back to my story. The lamb apparently stuck in the fence is Zucchini. I was on my daily animal check before work and saw this......oh great.......

So I grab my daughter and we get to work trying to free the lamb from the evil fence. We pushed, we pulled, we twisted (gently of course) but no luck. Finally I decide we are going to have to cut the fence. Not being savy I think perhaps I can cut the cattle panel with wire cutters. No, my son informs me......I need to use a some crazy power tool called a sawzall to cut through this. Well I am savy enough to realize that using a sawzall would be not a good idea and would probably result in the lamb losing it's head and me most likely losing a leg.......

So a bent fence, a dirty son, a crow bar and a cranky lamb later, he is free!!! Ah relief all around! Now just to move him back out with the ewes in the lamb safe fence.

Wait a minute! Do you see what I see????

Yeah, he wasn't stuck in the first place. He just wanted to the grass on the other side and was a bit perturbed at being removed in the first place. Gee Whiz.....

Anyway don't the ewes look cozy in the shade? Their bellies are full and they are relaxing the day away!
Here's our new Icelandic ram.....still unnamed.....any suggestions??

Don't forget to say "Hi!" to Tia, just don't get too close when you do!

Monday, August 3, 2009

How about a contest???

So, could I tempt you with 4 ounces of beautiful Cormo/Alpaca/Silk top? The Counting Sheep Farm Etsy Shop is now open and I am celebrating with a contest!

What do you have to do? Just visit our new etsy shop and let us know what you think! Come back here and leave a comment and you will be entered to win!

I have just updated the shop with some lovely Farm Fresh Batts to tempt you. The contest ends 10th and if you tweet about the contest let me know, I will count that as a second entry!

Sunday, August 2, 2009


First let's introduce Tia. Tia is our new llama. I love her. She loves me. However.....
she does not love Todd. He calls her "Osama the Llama". She says he can call her what he wants she still doesn't want his apples.

And now I'd like to introduce our new sheep!!! We are very excited to add Icelandics to our flock from Lavender Fleece Farm.

Laurie was kind enough to show Allison (from Great Lakes Pygora Farm) how to pick out our own sheep. She answered all our questions and Allison and I left very confident in our choices.
I am very excited to now have this breed. When we first began farming I chose the beautiful Cormo Sheep because of their wonderful fleece but our plan was to add Icelandics when we were able. We plan on milking the ewes and hope to add artisan cheese to our many farm products. Not to mention the beautiful fleeces! Icelandic Sheep produce a beautiful dual coated fleeces that has many wonderful uses.

We are very excited about our next breeding season. We have 6 Registered Cormo Ewes to be bred along with a beautiful Cormo/Border Leicester cross, 3 Registered Icelandics and our daughter will be breeding her three Registered Finn Ewes. I guess we are living up to the name: Counting Sheep Farm!
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