A “Pigmy” Goat Arrives

“Gänseblümchen Freifrau von Mallnow”, a “Pigmy” Goat, arrives.

Gänseblümchen Freifrau von Mallnow
Gänseblümchen Freifrau von Mallnow, born 2011, being transported in our “MLU” © Susann Senkpiel
Gänseblümchen Freifrau von Mallnow -2
Gänseblümchen Freifrau von Mallnow, born 2011, being transported in our “MLU” – 2 © Susann Senkpiel

The first “Zwartbles” arrives

“Guste Freifrau von Ziltendorf” the first Zwartbles arrives …

Guste Freifrau von Ziltendorf
Guste Freifrau von Ziltendorf, born 2007, being transported in our “MLU” © Susann Senkpiel
Guste discovers her new surroundings
Guste discovers her new surroundings © Susann Senkpiel

The first “Skudde” sheep have arrived

The first 2 “Skudde” sheep have arrived:

Martha and Izydor
Martha and Izydor being transported in our “MLU” © Susann Senkpiel
Martha Gräfin von Obersdorf
Martha Gräfin von Obersdorf, born January 2012. © Susann Senkpiel
Izydor Freiherr von Obersdorf
Izydor Freiherr von Obersdorf, born February 2012. © Susann Senkpiel
Martha and Isydor observing their new "caretakers"
Martha and Isydor observing their new “caretakers” © Susann Senkpiel
Martha "keeping watch"
Martha “keeping watch” © Susann Senkpiel

For a description of the Skudde see – http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skudde or http://www.skudde.de/html/skudde.html

Fence building

Began to build a fence around a small grazing pasture of approximately 1250 sq m. for the animals. A managed intensive rotational grazing (MIRG) system is planned. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Managed_intensive_rotational_grazing.

As skudde sheep will be the choice of breed which will be grazing the pastures, a fence at least 160 cm. high will be required (skuddes can jump quite high!).  A galvanized mesh fence or galvanized cage fence is used. The type of fence chosen has small openings at the bottom (Width x Height x).

Later on a so called “Benjeshecken” or dead hedge  will be used to enclose the various pastures or gardens. See: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjeshecke or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_hedge .