Welcome to Sheepless Nights
Family-Friendly Livestock Breeder of Fine Fleeced Shetlands, Shetland/BFL crosses,, Jersey Dairy Cows
A stranger stopped by the farm the other day and asked to take pictures of the lambs for her grandchildren. As we walked around the ewes and lambs, she looked at me and said. "You are living the best life."
Most of the time, I feel that way. Our Shetlands are super friendly, almost like puppies. They enjoy scratches, hugs and an occasional animal cracker for a treat. They are great mothers and don't mind when I want to pick up a lamb and snuggle it. The lambs are energetic and like to get together for lamb races. I don't care who you are... lamb races will put a smile on your face instantly. The pure joy that they feel when they are running, jumping and spronking. This is when I feel that I am living the best life.
The challenges to this feeling is what Mother Nature has been doling out to us. Drought, then extreme drought which meant limited hay for feeding in the winter. Then a winter like I have never experienced living in Missouri. Very cold, lots of snow and high winds. You have to love Shetland Sheep.... they are hardy and can withstand these challenges. They sure don't complain about it as I do.
We also have other livestock on our farm. We have beautiful Jersey cows that my husband milks twice a day. The milk is sold to a local company that turns it into cheese. Any excess milk is fed to Berkshire pigs that free range with the Angus beef. There are a couple of KIKO goats for brush control and two alpacas for fiber. We have guard llamas that watch over the sheep in addition to a couple of livestock guardian dogs and one border collie named Cap.