Tag Archives: trees

Winter warmth

Many Iowans are enjoying our unseasonably warm weather. Our highs, normally in the mid 30s, have been in the 60s for about a week; and the lows, usually in the teens, were in the 50s last night. I sit here at my computer in a T-shirt and jeans, what I was wearing when I did […]

The lawn!

Our ewes are on their last round through our pastures, and as they leave each field, I “put the pasture to bed” for the winter. I mow each field off, leaving little cover to harbor parasites and allowing the cold north winds to kill off as many of them as possible when the temps finally […]

The Timber and its orchestra

After their final vaccinations this past Saturday, the lambs were released into the last new pasture of our normal rotation: the Timber. Someday soon (I hope), this pasture will be split into the North Timber and the South Timber, but right now it is one large field with a wide variety of grazing and browse […]

More about Christmas trees — feeding your flock

In Wednesday’s post I discussed where to find trees and how to select them. After making sure your selected trees haven’t been sprayed with flame retardant and are not sporting tinsel or ornaments, you’ve brought the stash to your farm and you’re ready to feed your flock. But first, here are a few things to […]

Christmas tree insight — about the trees

Although the title of this blog may lead you to believe that I’ve been sitting here and having deep thoughts on the meaning of the holiday, this post and the next will actually address sheep and their love of eating Christmas trees. There are trace nutrients in evergreens that, I’ve been told, cannot be gotten […]

A Christmas tree-t

Although Christmas is over for many of us, for my sheep, it has just begun. As soon as the holiday is over, many Christmas trees are pulled from their stands and hauled out of the houses they once graced — and many of them eventually find their way to our farm as treats for our […]