Friday, July 28, 2017

Urban Farming?

      Back in April, while walking in Island Park (the park right behind my house here in Mt. Pleasant), I spotted this random potato in the grass, looking like it had gone through a few rounds of being DIY Mr. Potato Head. I thought it was odd, and chuckled at the absurdity of stumbling a random potato in the park, but didn't think much of it after that.

   
      Fast forward two months, and in some woods at the edge of the park, not far from where I found the first potato, I was stalking a feral cat I've been trying to catch (another blog for another day), and I stumbled upon a whole bunch of potatoes. Seeing that they were rooting into the ground and sprouting like crazy, I decided to take them home and plant them in my unused flower boxes. 




The following day, I returned to the woods and found seven more. Then, planted those, too.
 Fun fact: it's incredibly embarrassing trying to act nonchalant as you're walking out of the woods or walking through the park with hand-fulls of potatoes.




     The weekend just after planting, I went to the farm, and picked up a bag of my composted sheep manure (still have some for sale, by the way, just $2 a bag!), and filled the flower boxes up the rest of the way, as they were only about half-full and, half-filled with pea stone.  Well, two weeks later, this is where we're at:






Monday, June 26, 2017

Fall Breeding Groups (Tenative)

Korsvejgaard Royal (Korsvejgaard Luminous x Sheltering Pines Kristine)
Ab/Aa BB/Bb S?/Ss MM?/Mm 


Sheltering Pines Kristine (Underhill Thelonius Monk x Sheltering Pines Catherine)
Aa/Aa Bb/Bb Ss/Ss MM/MM

Hillside Princess (Petite Acres Gavin x Sheltering Pines Kristine)
Aa/Aa Bb/Bb Ss/Ss MM/Mm

Korsvejgaard Catherine (Korsvejgaard Lucid Dream x Sheltering Pines Kristine)
Ab/Aa Bb/Bb SS/Ss MM/Mm




Shaltz Farm Rex (Shaltz Farm Kurt x Shaltz Farm Opal)
Aa/Aa BB/B? SS/S? M?/Mm


Under The Son Madeline (Under The Son Brandon x Glanmore March Madness)
Aa/Aa Bb/Bb SS/S? Mm/Mm

Farview Farm Angelina (Sheltering Pines Darius x Sheltering Pines Gwenhwyfach)
Aa/Aa BB/BB SS/Ss MM/Mm

Underhill Bridget (Underhill Gulliver AI x Shepherdwoods Tara)
At/Aa Bb/Bb SS/S? MM/Mm

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Flock Make-Up

Proposed p'/p'
Underhill Bridget
Sire: Underhill Gulliver AI: p'/p
Dam: Shepherdwoods Tara:  p'/p

Hillside Princess
Sire: Petite Acres Gavin: p'/p or p/p
Dam: Sheltering Pines Kristine: p'/p

p'/p 
Under The Son Madeline
Sire: Under The Son Brandon: p'/p or p/p
Dam: Glenmore March Marchness: p'/p or p/p

Sheltering Pines Kristine
Sire: Underhill Thelonius Monk: p'/p'
Dam: Sheltering Pines Catherine: p/p or p'/p

Korsvejgaard Catherine
Sire: Korsvejgaard Lucid Dream: P/p
Dam: Sheltering Pines Kristine: p'/p

Korsvejgaard Royal
Sire: Korsvejgaard Luminous: p/P
Dam: Sheltering Pines Kristine: p/p'

Shaltz Farm Rex
Sire: Shaltz Farm Kurt: p/p'  or p/p
Dam: Shaltz Farm Opal: p/p' or p/p

p/p
Farview Farm Angelina
Sire: Sheltering Pines Darius: p/p
Sheletering Pines Gwenhwyfach: p/p


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lambing Summary

I had posted the list of lambs earlier, and frequently post pictures on the Korsvejgaard Facebook page, but I thought I would take a quick minute to summarize lambing this year.

Overall, it was an odd lambing year. I had added 4 new ewes to the flock last summer, and used two unproven rams, so I suppose some surprises are to be expected. I had one lamb born with droopy ears and an underbite. The ears later corrected, but the underbite did not. She was given away to a new home. Numerous lambs this year had problems finding the teats. We had two reject lambs, one was born half the size of it's twin- two hours after it's twin- then died of pneumonia a few days after being born. The other was born to a high-strung first time mom who clearly only wanted to take care of one lamb (it would butt the reject lamb repeatedly). That one was given away as well. Bella's twin rams were born looking the same size, but one is growing twice as fast as it's twin. The smaller one went through some odd conformation phases, but is finally beginning to even out.

I'm not super impressed with the lambs this year. I think my lamb crops the past couple years have been considerably nicer. The horn development on the ram lambs has been pathetic as well, though, some of that was expected considering the rams I used. Bridget's lamb by Eugene has the nicest growing horns so far in terms of length, but they seem to be growing straight back, rather than arching out, which is the same issue Eugene had. I might hang onto him, even though his fleece doesn't look like it will be very fine.

Of the ewe lambs, two have noticeable horn buds growing so far, and those are Catherine and Duchess. Duchess has a fleece like Princess, so I don't know what I want to do with her just yet. Catherine is my hands-down favorite lamb this year. She is definitely going to be retained. No notable horn evidence on Marcella (Madeline's ewe lamb). I don't dislike Marcella, but there's nothing about her that really screams "RETAIN ME!". She's just an average fawn katmoget lamb. I don't feel any divets on her poll, so I hope that means she doesn't carry the polled gene from Lucid. Her spot is held here until I have a reason to move her on, or she begins growing horns; wherein she'll be more suited for my breeding program.

Friday, February 17, 2017

2017 Sales List

Korsvejgaard 2017 Sales List

This year, I am hoping to part with my polled (P) carrying lines. This will allow me to have only sex-limited (p) and horned in both sexes (p') lines. Eventually, I will narrow down to sheep that are only p'/p'.

I will update this list as lambs are assessed.

Rams:
All ram lambs are being held to be butchered, unless you have any special interest in a particular ram.

Ewe(s):

Grace Farm Imogene (Sheltering Pines Chanson x Grace Farm Athena)
http://www.mtn-niche.net/NASSA/nassa_pedigree.php?pregno=S42242
Born 2015
P/? (likely p)
AVAILABLE