Morning Neighbors

Now that we have Livestock Guardian Dogs we rarely (almost never) get moose in the yard. But since Mia is in the barn with the pups things have gotten a little more “relaxed” around here. This nice gal passed through just in time for coffee. It was all fun and games until she spotted the…

Puppies

We are so excited to announce the arrival of 8 squishy little marshmallow babies at Tower Ranch. After 4 days of hovering in and around the barn Mia finally got down to business. All 8 are beautiful, healthy and very hungry. We have 5 girls and 3 boys, which is the same division as last…

The Waiting Game

We are anxiously awaiting the newest additions at Tower Ranch. According to the x-ray 8 Maremma puppies are due any minute… Part of a Livestock Guardians job is to keep their charges where they are supposed to be. They don’t herd the animals, I can’t ask them to move the sheep from point A to…

Finally, A Name

Like most moms, I like to have names associated with everything around me. Usually this is so I can use some cannibalized version of said name to mutter as I talk to (or about) the person, place, or things as I go about my day. For a year now this poor little sheep has been known…

Busy Busy

Summer means busy days, at work and on the farm, so much to do (and of course I want to do it all) and so very little time to do it. Amanda patiently waits for dinner It occurs to me that I haven’t shared very many photo since my wonderful Teeswater joined the flock. She…

Tent City, Bug Lights, And Sheep That Go Moo

Living in Alaska teaches optimism, flexibility and versatility. On the first of April our low temperature was about 17* and on the first of May the high was 72*. Thirty days makes a big difference. The ice is melted the mud is dried up (here at least) and the sheep are battling the heat. The…

Working Weekend

Pasture reclamation is going better than I had hoped. Unless you’ve lived in an area of prolonged freezing during winter months you cannot properly enjoy the phenomenon known as “break-up” nor appreciate what an utter mess it can be. The first weeks of warm weather the solid ground starts to soften and break-apart into muddy…

Rama Lama Ding Dong!

Our first lamb was born in the wee hours of the morning. This little guy is still wet behind the .. well, everything, but that’s not stopping him from grabbing a morning milkshake. With all those wrinkles he should be an excellent wool producer. And Mom Katherine just adores him.  

Shearing Day

For weeks it’s been sunny and warm in our part of Alaska, but on the day I had scheduled to shear, it got cloudy and cold. Fortunately we have the option of combining chicken flocks allowing us to use a portion of the barn as the “shearing room”. We started small and worked our way up. Betty got to…

Wide Load

Being pregnant is hard work, and there really is no end to the “funny” comments from friends and loved ones. In keeping with this tradition, I must say that I’m highly entertained by how broad the ewes are getting. I giggle every time I watch Matilda walk as her long coats emphasizes the protruding midsection….