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Doing Hot Farm Chores in a Drought

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What a shock it was to come back from the coolness of the mountains and jump right into gathering up all the sheep for worming! We’ve been in a heat wave and drought, and chores are REALLY a chore in this weather. See how dry the grass is?

Our pastures are fescue and mixed grasses, including Bermuda. The heat sends the fescue into a dormant state, and the lack of rain keeps makes all the rest go dormant, too. The result is that we’re feeding hay to the sheep to get them through this dry spell. Farmer Bob will have to get some more hay for the winter. You can see our round bales and some of the young sheep in this picture. They lie around most of the day in the shade. Doesn’t their pasture look pitiful?

In this picture below, you can see the green grass in the foreground. It’s at the lower end of the pasture and I guess there’s still some moisture left in this low spot. The clouds sure are pretty, but I wish they would bring us some rain.

We have to catch the sheep in round pens in order to worm them and do a general health check.

Here are our helpers. They are always happy to be with us working, no matter what we are doing on the farm. We love Carly & Blaire and they love us. We ALL love our EZGO!

We can’t let the chickens range all over the farm due to hawk attacks. A couple days ago, Amy and I were talking on the front porch and watched two gray foxes run across our neighbor’s yard and into the woods next to ours. They were headed to that area to the left of the photo below. Two foxes like that could wipe out our flock in just a few days if they weren’t protected by our electro-net and Thelma. 

Thelma

I’m spending as much time as I can inside and I’m so grateful for our air conditioning. The first few years we lived here, we didn’t have AC. It was not pleasant, to say the least. I’ve been practicing my quilting. I might get this finished for our nephew’s baby girl before she starts kindergarten! hahaha

It’s been fun taking this hiatus from our farm market and we’ve been getting a LOT accomplished during this time. We’ll be open for business  every Sunday afternoon beginning August 5th. In the meantime, everyone please do a rain dance. 🙂

EIEIO!
Deb

5 Comments

  1. The best way I’ve found to get motivated to do chores is to first watch the video “Chore Day” by Three Beat Slide (available for free on YouTube). The video humorously covers the most common household tasks such as doing the laundry, dusting shelves, putting toys away, vacuuming, doing the dishes, etc., and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face! You may even find yourself singing their song as you do your own chores!

  2. I’ll be praying for rain for you all. I come from a family of farmers so I know how important rain is.

  3. I feel your pain…our pasture looks the same…feeding hay and praying for rain…take care!

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