This winter has been like one from our childhoods: several feet of snow, ice, and freezing temperatures well below -20C. Its been a great excuse to wear all of our favourite woolens (all at the same time on some of the coldest days!). The sheep on the other hand don't even seem to notice the cold weather.
The farm is growing once again so we need to find ways to run things more efficiently as we'll have more sheep, milk and cheese but still only the two of us. As usual January on the farm means slowing down a bit and focusing more on fun activities like taxes, budgeting and researching in order to plan for our next season. Outside we have 49 expectant mamas (we hope), two very happy rams, and 18 funny little lambs. Oh, can't forget Rupert and Vincent!
For the next several weeks we'll have our work cut out for us preparing for spring. By the time the lambs arrive we will have, yet again, outgrown the barn. We like the sheep to go outside as much as possible (save for freezing rain this time of year) but March and April can be finicky months weather-wise and lambing outside in the dark at -19C is not our cup of tea.
Our big goals for this year are to make the jobs that we have to do every day a little easier. Cleaning the barn, rotating pastures, feeding hay, etc. etc. etc. Its no surprise that many of the things that were quick and easily done by hand with 11 sheep are much more difficult to manage with 72 adults plus the 100+ lambs arriving soon!