“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

A Decorating Tip

 Shearing day is right around the corner.  Temperatures are to dip pretty low Wednesday night and then begin to warm up again.  It is almost May, after all.

Though it is always a struggle getting the sheepy girls to the barn for shearing day (it takes a village!), it is always such a relief for them to shed their winter's growth. 

 It looks like this year's growth has been almost two inches!  These two were built for arctic conditions.  I never worry about them in the winter.

Lately, I've been working on trimming their hooves whenever I can catch them lying down.  As you can see, Faith has both her feet tucked beneath her.  That's because I just trimmed both of her front hooves and she is telling me that "enough is enough!"  The sheep shearer will finish trimming their hooves when he shears them.

For some reason, this winter they grew a lot of hoof.

I've been working on trimming pig toes as well, lately. 

Evenings seem to be a good time for this activity, as the girls are more likely to lie down for me.  As they lie there (usually with a cat on their belly... the perfect masseuse) I work on their feet.  They never seem to mind me fussing with them, but are more apt to stay lying down...

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