Thursday, 24 August 2017

Summer 2017

Blogging during the summer, always takes a backseat to other farm work.
With the long summer nights and lots of farm work to be done, there is little time to sit behind the computer and write.
When the long cold winter nights roll back in, I will have  more time again to write.

Here is a short catch up on our summer.

In a nutshell, the summer began with the kids and their sheep and cattle show at Summer Synergy.
Both the kids did very well and both moved on to Calgary Stampede and won scholarships.
Part of their Synergy competition was their Marketing projects, this year they needed to do some market research and required them to do surveys on opinions. Thank you to all the people who took the time to respond and complete the surveys of Jess and Roy. I know a lot of people asked to see the final results, so here is the marketing project of Roy. (Once I get the one from Jess, I will post it too.)
 Click here: Roy

Here is an impression of some of the activities the kids did at Summer Synergy.

After Summer Synergy, it was time for haymaking on the ranch. We rented additional land this year so we had plenty of hay making to do. With a big effort from Eric, myself and Roy we got the job done. Eric bought a hay mover this year, so that task of getting all the hay hauled home should go smoothly.

We decided to go camping in the mountains with the horses for a few days. This was a great break for all. It was also a learning experience for 3 of the horses, as none of them had ever been to the mountains before. We sat around the campfire, ate well, rode our horses, went for walks. A perfect vacation!


We also had the sweetest litter of sarplaninac pups this summer. It is so nice to have a small litter, so easy to cuddle all the pups.
Most of the lambs are sold, breeding is in full swing for January lambing.

This summer has also had its share of sadness.
We lost our dear matriarch sarplaninac,  Fena.
She died quietly, while sleeping under a tree watching over her sheep.
She is missed everyday.

So despite the slow down in blog posts,
we are well, busy and enjoying summer.

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