Sheep and Piglet Availability

Deposits are coming in and reservations are being made. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy some laughs, raise some good land managers, or raise your own meat.

Sheep: UPDATED 7/21/20

Babydoll Southdown – ALL 2020 Lambs have been SOLD. Please reach out if you’d like to be on our 2021 list for lambs.

The famous Babydoll smile (smirk).

Icelandic starter flock available: Black Ram (center with white blaze), 3 white unrelated ewes. SOLD

Satchel the black ram and the three unrelated ewes (in the middle); Black faced ewe in the background NOT included.

STILL AVAILABLE: Three LOVELY fiber ewes the Gray ewe is the mother of these two black and white. These ladies are all related to the ram above.

(SOLD) – Romney – 3 adult ewes – all delivered and raised lambs well this year. These were maiden ewes that all did amazingly well. Their lambs are listed below.

Center of photo – one of the Romney ewes

(SOLD) 2 Romney/Columbia wethers – would be great land managers or fall meat animals. (SOLD)

Big boy at 13 weeks.

(SOLD) 2 Romney/Columbia ewe lambs – Could go with the adult ewes for a lovely little starter flock.

Loving the abundant pastures!

KuneKune Piglets: SOLD OUT. Please contact us to be placed on our 2021 list. Feel free to reach out if you’d like breeder recommendations.

Spring 2020

I thought it would be an interesting moment to sit and write a little about the farm and life. I am sure everyone is concerned about the pandemic that is Covid-19. This is certainly an unprecedented time in our lifetimes. It is also a time to take stock.

Once again, I remain grateful that I have been able to have the ability to live where I do, raise livestock, and have a garden. These opportunities have enriched our lives and keep us grounded (literally!) in challenging times. Animals need to be fed and cared for regardless of the world around us. Babies are being born – Life continues.

Lupine and her Girl (black)/Boy (White) twins. Born 3/17/20

A few things have changed here on the farm for 2020. We’ve had 5 sheep lamb so far and we are hoping for up to 5 more in the coming weeks. We are thankful to be able to retain some ewe lambs from our old ram Thunder. All the remaining ewes were bred by our new Ram Monroe.

We are expecting two litters of KuneKune Piglets to be born at the end of April! Our sows Nora and Ophelia are both pros and we can’t wait to have some little piglets running around. We were so fortunate to be able to bring some new blood onto the farm by using a boar from our friends at Lonedove KuneKunes.

Indigo – (LDF Ru 3) – sire of this years litters.

We (temporarily) have sold off our fold of Scottish Highland Cattle. We really enjoy having the cattle on the property and they are great for the overall regenerative agriculture push of our farm. They are also a lot more work! We may be bringing some on later this year or we may wait a year. As things go right now, so much is up in the air.

Thinking of adding some livestock to your life? Check out our sales page! Some lovely Romney Ewes, lamb shares/wholes, breeding animals (Babydoll Southdown and KuneKune), and meat pigs. Our lists are forming. Reach out if you would like to be put on the list! dana@balancedearthfarm.com.

In this time of forced slowing, please try to take a breath, choose to be kind, and reach out to those in need. Stay safe!

Spring time = running!

It’s been a busy two months since the last update!  The lambs are all doing amazingly well and are growing well on the lush grass!  Our milder winter, early warm weather, and then moderating temperatures over the last few weeks have led to thick, nutritious pastures.  Hard to tell the lambs from the adults! This years crop of meat lambs are going to be big, lean, and ready in the fall!  Reserve your share today!

Unfortunately, farming isn’t all happy news.  Bossy our herd lead, lost her calf.  There were no apparent deformities, but he was premature and unable to survive.  She’s a great cow and we are hopeful she will breed back this year.  (Bossy, mugging for the camera in the winter of 2017).

Bossy’s daughter – Heffa (out of our former bull – Arturo) – did successfully calf a little heifer of her own.  She did what our Highlands have always done, found a secluded spot and delivered in the bushes.  Fiona, had a little bit of a difficult time figuring out life at first, but Heffa was patient and the pair are doing well.  As hoped Heffa has her dam’s mothering instincts!

Believe it or not – there is a baby cow in all that grass!

Last, but certainly not least on the baby front: PIGLETS!  Sweet Nora delivered 6 healthy KuneKune piglets on June 7th.  4 boars, 2 gilts – all are double wattled and cute as can be.  They will be DNA’d in ~3 weeks.  Expected parentage: Nora (wilsons gina) x Tabor (boris).

 

Spring Time is here!

After our VERY long and snowy winter last year, we held off all breedings to plan for late March – May babies! We are very happy to say that the lambing this year has been great and so far we have 5 lovely little Babydoll Southdown lambs romping around the property!  All the Ewe’s and their babies are doing great!  We are now into a rainy period and it doesn’t seem to phase these healthy critters.  

Betty and her twins (girl/boy)Aurora with her ram lamb
Emmie with her boy(black)/girl(white) twins

 

Next up is our lovely KuneKune sow Panama who is due in the next week or so with our first 2018 litter of piglets.  She’s always a solid mom and was bred to Chester, a goofy fun smaller sized boar.  Panama’s daughter, Ophelia, is hopefully recently bred for a June litter – also to Chester.  And we are hoping Nora may also be pregnant.  

Panama – expecting in the next 1-2 weeks

Finally, the cattle – We know that we have at least one calf on the way and potentially two – due anytime in the next 4-6 weeks.  It will be a fun time in the next month!  Grass is growing, rotational grazing has started and soon it will be time to put the gardens in. 

Bossy the cow and last years heifer calf

Each season offers something different – spring is definitely an awakening!

 

 

2018 Live animal and meat requests

As a light dusting of snow falls outside, we are forced indoors to work on planning!  As a result we have been able to start our 2018 animal request spreadsheets!  Doesn’t that sound like fun!!

 

If you have been looking to add Babydoll Sheep, KuneKune Pigs, or Scottish Highland cattle to your life, let me know. We anticipate lambing to start in mid to late March, piglets should start early April, and calves will drop April or May.  

 

We will also start meat share lists for lamb, pork, and potentially beef. What is available depends on animals being retained or sold for breeding.  If you prefer to raise your own meat, we can accommodate that as well.

 

Feel free to reach out with which list(s) you’d like be on and any questions you may have! As always thank you for your support of us and all small farmers!

Oh, how time flies!

I am not sure where the rest of the fall went after August, but here we are in Winter and 2018!  Our lovely Scottish Highland bull Arturo, did find a lovely new pasture to make beautiful babies!  We trust he is doing well in Yakima, Washington.  The farm is doing well this winter and the animals are enjoying not being in 3 feet of snow! We did get one storm come through, but only produced about 6 inches of lovely light, fluffy snow!

We also added a few more pigs to our mix – a breeding pair Nora and Chester; acquired a new breeding ram for our sheep and reduced the number of ewes this year; We also gained a foster cat – Muffles (shown checking out Nora below and snuggling with his buddy Poco)! Whew!  


Ophelia (Jenny x Mahia Love) – born in 2017, will be growing up at Balanced Earth Farm for potential breeding 2018 or 2019!

Finally, we also had a hen decide that October was the perfect time to hatch out that clutch of chicks she’d been wanting all year!  On the night of a predicted 4″ of rain – she came out with her babies, proud as can be!

Life is always an adventure here and sometimes we are too tired to post, but please always feel free to email us!  Looking to get on prospective lamb, pork, beef, piglet or live lamb lists – drop us a line at dana@balancedearthfarm.com!

 

Some weekends are more eventful!

We had a slightly unanticipated busy weekend here at Balanced Earth Farm!  

With less than 24 hours notice, we received word that our amazing (74 y.o) sheep shearer would be arriving on Saturday.  We feel so luck to have such an amazing person shear for us, we drop everything to make it happen and we help our other local sheep friends get their sheep ready to!  Shearing day is definitely a community.  

Before…getting difficult to see!

After – Whoa – look at all the green grass I get to eat! 

Then….early this Morning our always stead and stellar sow Panama delivered 4 live piglets!  All double wattled. KuneKune babies are the cutest!

Born where Panama chose in a shed with straw.  All nursing and doing well.  All without us intervening!  This is why we love this breed. 

From Top to Bottom: 1) Ginger and Black Boar 2) Ginger gilt with with cream belly 3) Ginger and Black gilt 4) Cream Gilt

Bottle lambs happen

We’ve had a mixed lambing season with seven live lambs and two that didn’t make it.  The count is 4 ewes and 3 rams.  As happens sometime, we had an experienced ewe reject one of her twins.  We tried to see if we could convince another ewe to take him on (called grafting), but without success.  And so…we introduce Norbert: 

We will bottle feed him until we are able to wean him and move him back into the flock.  He’s a feisty little guy with quite the voice!

The dogs seem to be taking it all in stride: 

Poco is very protective of Norbert and will often not allow Pharaah near them. 

Norbert does enjoy cuddling up with Pharaah the ‘herding’ dog!

Winter Farm Visit!

I love having visitors to the farm!  Usually, people want to come when the weather is nice and the animals are frolicking in the pastures.  Thankfully, I have a few hardy friends who are willing to come when it is cold, snowy, and muddy!  

Oli and his mom Paloma came over to see the new lambs!  We actually have a wether (a castrated male sheep) a little younger than Oli, that shares his name and that this little guy got to bottle feed!  Thanks for the smiles guys!