“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Sheep-keeping and Tea Parties

My poor sheep have lived the last two months on filthy,
worn down paths through frozen slush and snow.

There is no reason for them to venture an further than that,
unfortunately, with all of the snow on the ground.

They spend their days between the hay feeder and their little houses.

Ordinarily I clean out their houses each morning.
Sheep have a nasty habit of pooping where they sleep.
Quite often they urinate at the same time as well.
As you can imagine, this makes for quite a mess inside their houses.

Daily cleaning keeps things manageable,
but when the snow and freezing rains come clean-up becomes
next to impossible.

And so... for weeks during the wintertime, the mess just accumulates.

Once spring arrives, their yard will undergo a major clean-up.
I couldn't stand their messy houses any longer,
so yesterday I got the scraper and the pitchfork out and got busy cleaning.

I removed several muck buckets full of soiled bedding
and replaced it with clean dry straw.

Life will be so much easier when things dry out...
but that won't be for another month or more.

When I arrived at the barn yesterday, I realized that I had forgotten to don my ice cleats.
Although muck boots are very warm and water proof,...

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