Archive for February, 2007

Burdock

February 24, 2007

Well I just came in from the barn…brrrr!  The other two rabbits were OK-I just trimmed their nails and clipped off a few small matted areas on Bart.  The sheep are a mess.  There is burdock stuck on their neck wool, and some have burdock elsewhere from lying down in hay that had burdock.  We have done a really good job of cleaning up our pasture of this nasty weed, but have less control over the hay.  We are fortunate to be able to buy hay nearby, and this is the first time we have had this problem.   We’ll just keep pulling the burdock out as we find it in the hay.  Fleece skirting will just take longer this year.  I’m pretty agressive picking out the VM, so it just means if I sell any fleeces this year they will be a lot smaller than usual!

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Rabbit Maintenance and Burdock

February 24, 2007

I have 3 angora rabbits: one French, Jake,  and two German crosses, Toby and Bart.  Jake is prone to what I call “poopy butt”.  He tends to have soft droppings, and then he sits in them.  I brought him inside last night to dry off, then went to clip off the soiled wool (he’s at about 2″) this morning.  That part went pretty well, then I discovered the fur under his chin/chest was one big matted mass from burdock.  Yikes! Burdock are like incredibly strong little velcro bits.  They do not go well with angora wool.  He wasn’t very happy, but I did manage to get everything clipped out.  Now I need to check the other two rabbits to see if they are hiding more of the same.  Sigh…they were all fine 2 days ago-it doesn’t take long to get messed up.  The rabbits are all due to be shorn the end of March, so I would like to keep their coats nice.  This was especially frustrating, since Jake had a really nice coat with no other matting.  The burdock is coming in with our hay.  We first noticed the problem with the sheep.  I try now to go through all the hay before putting it in the cages/feeder, but some of the burdock must have still slipped by.

Welcome to Amazing Grace Farm’s First Blog Post!

February 23, 2007

Hello everyone from rainy and snowy upstate New York.  This is my first foray into blogdom.  I don’t know how to use a digital camera yet, so it will be text heavy for a while.  My first goal is to be able to post some photos of lambs this year.  Jacob lambs are just so cute that I wanted to share them with everyone! 

 For those who don’t know us, my husband and I have a small farm in upstate New York.  We are the third generation on his family farm, but the first to do any farming since about 1942.  We have a small flock of Jacob sheep (for more info on these wonderful sheep see www.jsba.org), along with some angora rabbits.  We have had guard llamas off and on (currently none). 

 The name of the farm reflects our Christian beliefs: without the Lord’s amazing grace we would still be lost sinners.  My husband is a pastor of a small rural Baptist church and I am a teacher/RN at the church’s Christian academy.   We are both retired from the military.

I’ll blog more later on how this Army brat (me) ended up on a farm.  Just a warning….if you are a knitter, who starts spinning, then decides to buy some handcards, which come with some black and white fleece to play around with….be careful where it leads you!