Lambing Season Begins
We began pruning our grapes in January, weather permitting. We enjoyed a warmer than average winter and mild lambing temperatures. This is always a good thing for the farmer who checks on the ewes at night!
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Babydoll Southdowns are so adorable with their big smiles. We have RR codon ewe lambs and rams, both black and white and can match unrelated pairs in same color. Our sheep graze in our certified organic farm orchards and vineyards. This is good for them and for crop fertility.
I recently discovered that the original UK Southdowns are on the UK's Slow Food Forgotten Foods list, which is the UK's version of the Ark of Taste. These UK Southdown sheep are called Babydoll Southdowns in the US to distinguish them from modern Southdowns. The breed is currently touted as a hobby or pet sheep, but can be much more than that! For example I have used their wool for quilt batting and the fleeces are used for lining baby cribs and carriages.
For more information about our sheep, visit our Babydoll page. For more information about grazing sheep in vineyards, visit Kelly Mulville's blog.
Our 36 acre farm is a few miles outside Hotchkiss in Western Colorado. We grow certified organic peaches, apples and grapes and produce estate bottled wines using the farm fruit.
Last updated: 05/5/15