We know the nice weather can't hold out forever. Our ewes make their way to the barns each night and are beginning to consume some hay. Each frosty morning though, they make the trek through the woods and out to the frozen pasture.
Years ago I asked our veterinarian about the nutritional value of the frozen grass. Our down-to-earth adviser said "it's just like eating frozen vegetables, let 'em at it."
Our sheep want to eat off the land...frozen grass, fallen leaves, the last green forbs. Sheep love forbs...flowering plants that are not grass, especially multi-floral rose. This problem plant for many landowners is a treat our sheep love!
We'll soon have to move the spring ram lambs back up to the barns. That may be challenging as they've been spending all summer on their own in the far pasture. They may have decided that they don't need our intervention. Though we check on them every day or two for the most part they care for themselves.
Next phase is catching all this year's ewe lambs and getting their photos taken so they can all be registered with the Scottish Blackface Sheep Registry.