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Posts Tagged ‘shetland sheep’

RuisDair Dougal

July 15th, 2010 by Heidi

RuisDair Dougal is for sale!

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Moving on!

July 13th, 2010 by Heidi

Last week saw the departure of 9 sheep! Which really was a reason to celebrate, but it is always bittersweet saying goodbye to them.

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Better late than never!

July 7th, 2010 by Heidi

I just realized that I never did come back after lambing round 1 & round 2 to update you on the final lambing tallies. So better late than never, here it is!

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First shearing attempts

June 24th, 2010 by Heidi

Our plan this year was to roo our sheep, or at least as many as possible, and then to decide what to do about anyone left who wasn’t ‘roo-able’. We made pretty good progress but have a couple whose fleece needed a little more encouragement.

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Life is Good!

June 9th, 2010 by Heidi

Last weekend was our friend Bill’s annual “Willow Garden Shetlands – Sheep Shearing, Lamb Romp, Open House & 4 H Barbeque” and fortunately we were able to justify the day off to go and see how more experienced shepherds do it!

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It’s a conspiracy!

June 8th, 2010 by Heidi

OK, so this is the one where I rant and rave like a crazy person, but if you had seen me this afternoon evicting the chicken from the deck garden for the third time in five minutes, swearing at the chipmunk or chasing the sheep down the road while waving a stick in the air, you would have no doubt at all that I have completely lost the few marbles I had left!

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Snakes & fences!

April 29th, 2010 by Heidi

While the old wood fences are very nice to look at, they don’t so much as slow down our funny little sheep.

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WillowGarden Garnish lambs

April 28th, 2010 by Heidi

As I mentioned on Sunday, we had the first of the WillowGarden Garnish lambs over the weekend.

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April showers?

April 27th, 2010 by Heidi

Yesterday we were outdoors in shorts, this morning we woke up to ….

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The new Ruis Dair Homestead

April 25th, 2010 by Heidi

Well we did it! We have moved. Friday was an exceptionally long day but with help from my Dad, Cheryl and Danielle’s truck, we got all of the animals moved and settled in. Steve and I didn’t get to bed till 4am!

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Two birds, one stone!

April 20th, 2010 by Heidi

The weekend didn’t just have people coming and going, we also sold all the quail and another of the ducks, leaving us with only 2 males and 8 females. Having the double benefit of providing a little extra cash and fewer mouths to feed.

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Boys, boys, boys!

April 14th, 2010 by Heidi

It can be very difficult to decide what to do with boys! Deciding if they are up to breeding standard – and really that means they have to be pretty much perfect. If they are, should they be kept for breeding here, or sold? If they aren’t, is their fleece worth keeping them around as a wether or do they need to make that final trip to the freezer?

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