This weekend in Northern Illinois is reminding us of the weather to come. It may be close to freezing temperatures. My husband and I have escaped that reminder for a long weekend in Georgia. Amazing how different the climate is a few hours away. Today in Georgia it is going to be 85, and they are thrilled the thermometer has dipped below 90. Northern Georgia has also been very dry this year. My son-in-law is amazed at how much rain Illinois has had.
Priority when we get back will be to locate and inspect all our heated buckets. I need to finalize a breeding plan for the Shetlands and plan the pen arrangements in the barn. I hope to minimize the number of buckets needed. This year, we are only going to have a few Shetlands lambs. The Scottish blackface ewes I have are too young and will wait until next year. I have a different Shetland ram to use this year. He has a nice horn set and a light cream-colored fleece. I believe he has spots in his genetic makeup. He should sire some interesting colored lambs. The ewes I have of breeding age are a variety of colors and markings. I am looking forward to a nice variety of lambs in May.
Last week, we had the opportunity to open our farm and fiber mill to local people during the Boone County Farm Stroll. This event is sponsored by the local Extension and is an opportunity for people to learn about different parts of agriculture. We enjoyed telling people about our fiber sheep and how we make yarn from natural fiber. We met a lot of nice people who were very interested in the process of making yarn. It was a great opportunity to promote the benefits of wool. In addition to our farm, there were about eight other farms and businesses participating in the event. Thank you to the University of Illinois Extension for hosting the event.
Yesterday was the first day this fall that I saw a few combines in the fields picking beans. Tell all your friends to watch for farm equipment on the roads and slow down for them. Have a great harvest.