The calendar says it is June and summer is here. I, for one, am glad to see summertime. I try to be outside as much as possible. With all the rain this spring, our pasture grew really fast and were ready to cut before the first of June. A local farmer usually cuts and bales it for us. He has been very busy whenever the weather is decent. Also the rain was still coming down every other day in northern Illinois — not good weather for cutting hay. We decided to mow the top several inches of the pasture at this time and then cut it for hay at the second cutting. When mowing, we noticed that the grass was very thick. Should be a decent second cutting.

This past week, we were honored to host a group of teachers for a tour of the mill. The Winnebago-Boone County Farm Bureau organized the group as part of their Ag in the Classroom Summer Ag Institute. It was a pleasure to discuss the benefits of wool and show the process for making yarn to them. There were a lot of good questions. I pointed out several ideas for wool and sheep that the teachers can use in their classrooms. It would be easy for the kids to make dryer balls. Also needle felting a small item works well with older kids. Discussing the unique properties and qualities of wool teaches kids about natural sources of fiber. The teachers spent the whole week learning about many different aspects of agriculture. It was nice to see so many teachers participating.

Our lambs are growing well. They are enjoying running around outside. My niece is starting to work with the ones she is taking to the fair. Teaching them to walk and stand still. Sheep are a very good 4-H project.

Happy Dairy Month — enjoy some ice cream and support the dairy farmers!

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