Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Forget washing the car...

We tried leaving the washing out on the line and washing the car, but after a long dry Winter we decided to up the stakes.  Nothing was more guaranteed to bring on the rain and overcast days than buying a solar hot water system.  Harness the power of the sun?  What sun?  The rain was needed and very welcome so all is well.

We do love it and have not run out of water since it was put in.

Monday, September 5, 2011

On Lambs

The latest set of twins the other morning has our lambing percentage at 167! 
Sounds impressive doesn't it?

Very few ewes were joined when our good ram died right on the cusp of breeding season causing much panic.  Our agent picked us up a new Dorper ram on sale day because after numerous calls to breeders we were out of luck.  We got the new ram home and tossed him right in with the ewes, we didn't even know how many ewes he served until they started lambing.  We still are not entirely sure how many are left to drop...

Even funnier is the fact that every lamb born this year is black.  The Wiltshire Horn x Dorper is a funny looking cross, but does turn out a pretty handy looking meat lamb which is what we are after so we are happy enough.  I had intended to buy a Wiltipoll Ram but beggars can't be choosers and I do like this cross in terms of turning out an earlier lamb carcase.

Now we have fingers crossed that our weaning percentage is good too.