Tag Archives: sheep

Looking for a Llama

11 Apr

It’s generally not a good sign when you see a wake of vultures over the pasture.  They were feeding on the remains of a goose that a coyote got.



I’ve decided I need to devote some time and energy to finding another llama to be a guardian of the herd.

cat in grass


No matter how diligent Bob is, I’m not sure how my little livestock guardian cat would fare against a coyote.

orange tabby cat

I went to the sale barn today.  They had a huge assortment of animals (even laying hens), but do you think they had a llama?

Calves being unloaded

pot-bellied pigs

Goat at sale barn




Nope, so I’m still looking for a llama.

Sharing with SOOC Sunday


Sale Day

13 Jul

This morning, my nephew and I loaded up the ten boys that were born in March and took them to the sale barn.  He took his truck with the trailer and didn’t plan to stay, so I drove separately.  By the time I arrived, they were already unloaded.  I headed to the pens to look for my boys.  I found sheep.

sheep at sale barn

Finally, I saw my kids.

goats at sale barn

When I thought they were about done with selling sheep, I went in to watch the sale and wait for the goats.  They still had more sheep than I really cared to watch, but some of them are cute.

sheep in auction ring

sheep in ring

After what seemed like an eternity, they got to the goats.

goat at auction

It wasn’t long until my boys came in.

goats in sale barn ring

They were a pretty good average weight for just about 3 1/2 months old.

auction board

10 head averaging 56 pounds

The market was down a little bit from the last couple of weeks, but I think it’s because there are so many family vacations, fairs and community celebrations going on this time of year.

goat kids at sale barn

I’m still very happy with how they did.

Linking to SOOC Sunday and Shadow Shots Sunday 2.

Otis and Odin Leave the Farm

17 Mar

I didn’t plan on bottle kids, and three was a bit overwhelming.  I don’t have enough milk in my freezer to raise all three.  They were constantly under my feet and in danger of getting trampled while I was doing chores.  They are young and cute and might get a home as pets.  I took Otis and Odin to the sale barn today.  After I unloaded them, while they were still in the unloading area, I gave them a bottle.

They were there for a little bit, and then they were moved to the holding pens.  Otis looks like he’s about to get his bottle squished out of him, but Odin looks like he’s just hanging out.

They were really good to my kids.  They had an entire pen by themselves so they wouldn’t get picked on.  Since they had just had bottles, they took a nap.

Bottle kids don’t go through the sale like most animals.  Most of them run in to get away from the people when the doors open.  Bottle kids just want to stay with the people, so they get carried in.  They weighed thirty pounds together.

They just explore their way through the sale.

I love you Otis and Odin.  I hope you have a good home.

Here are some of the other animals I saw down there.

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Linking to Homestead Barn Hop