Dispatches from the Hill — Sheep RSS



Stockpiling Grass for Early Spring Grazing

Last season, the sheep grazed our South Meadow in mid June, and instead of mowing and baling the second growth in August or September, we let that grass stand and go into winter.  About two weeks ago, we brought the sheep out of their winter paddocks and started them back on their grazing rotation in the South Meadow. There was no hint of green growth yet—the snow had just melted and the grasses were all brown and dormant looking. But the sheep were eager to leave their winter digs and start foraging, and they happily dove into their work. This before and after image shows the dense, stockpiled grass ahead of grazing, and the cleared grass afterward. The thick cover...

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2015 Winter Lamb Harvest Pickup

Hi everyone! We will be picking up the lamb orders from the butcher on Wednesday morning. Yesterday, Cally and I went and saw the meat hanging in the coolers...and it looks wonderful. I have no doubt we'll have some tasty lamb chops for the holidays. For those of you who ordered lamb from our 2015 winter lamb harvest, the pickup times are: Wednesday, December 16th from 12pm to 7pm Thursday, December 17th from 12pm to 7pm Our address is: Studio Hill, LLCPullman Farm957 Trumbull Hill RoadShaftsbury, VT 05262 Click here for our location on Google Maps. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a home delivery instead, please give us a call at 802-379-9070. Thanks!Jesse

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Successful (and Somber) Winter Lamb Harvest

We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to do the work we do here at Studio Hill. We love the land, we love the work, we love the adventure, and we really love the animals. As you already know, we take great care in making sure that all the animals we bring to the farm enjoy safe, relaxed, and natural lives. We want a sheep to be a sheep and a pig to be a pig, and so on. This approach to raising animals, of course, requires frequent and intimate interactions with all the animals here. We haul water, we haul food, we move pens, we scratch heads, we check feet. Over the course of an animal's stay with us...

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Two Videos of our Baby Chicks and Spring Lambs Springing

July has swept over the farm and everybody is running around like crazy. We're picking weeds, sowing our last crops, mulching the gardens, preparing for hay (if the weather ever cooperates, we'll cut soon), mowing the lawns, selling the chickens, feeding the animals, chasing after Angus (our 1-year-old son), and so on. Even the chickens and sheep are feeling the energetic burst of Vermont's glorious early/mid-summer season. ...Oh, you want proof!? Here's proof! We're now taking orders for our wonderfully happy & productive, pasture-bouncing chickens, turkeys, and lamb. If you have any questions, call us at 802-379-9070. And, if you'd like to come meet the animals, we'd love to give you a tour.

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50 Sheep Added to Our Hayfield Restoration Program

For a few years now, Cally and I have been tossing around the idea of bringing sheep here to the farm to compliment the work that the poultry is doing in our pasture (soil) rehabilitation program. The advantages were clear: sheep are smaller than cows (and therefore less of a danger to wee Angus); sheep can be contained by our mobile fencing; sheep are ruminants (and we're a grass/hay farm); sheep "mow" the grass to the perfect height for the chickens; sheep manure is incredibly rich; sheep are so darn cute. But, because we're incredibly careful people—and despite thoughtful encouragement from elders we trust—we hadn't braved the plunge into shepherd-hood. Then, a few weeks ago, there was a knock on our door. To make...

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