Foot Flats Farm - Amherst Island, Ontario, Canada Foot Flats Farm Seasonal Newsletter

ARCHIVED NEWSLETTER - 21st December 2005

Winter Solstice

On December 16th we put out the ram and had 18 inches of snow that night. It was difficult getting hay and corn out to the different breeding groups for a few days until we had tracks through the drifts.

Wintering is going to be a little different this year. The dry conditions last summer mean we are short of hay and so we will be feeding more corn than usual and stretching the hay out with barley straw. (we bought several loads of drought-stricken barley that was cut and baled and has weed grasses and barley grains in it ) — neighbours of ours call it "whole crop" we call it "stray".

Fortunately we had a good long fall with quality grass and we were pleased with the condition of the ewes by the start of December. Lamb and cull ewe prices have been great in the run up to Christmas. Between good prices and the shortage of hay we have had a great incentive to cull the ewes hard — the flock looks better than ever.

We had hoped to have a litter of pups by now — however we lost of our stud dog "Skunk" last fall and our new male was too young to breed successfully.We are now hoping for a litter in late spring or early summer.

Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2006.

Mark and Cherry