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Hay Harvest

The last of the hay is stacked and ready for the winter months?

Haystacking

Haystacking © Susann Senkpiel

Haystacking - 2

Haystacking – 2 © Susann Senkpiel

Haystacking - 3

Haystacking – 3 © Susann Senkpiel

Haystacks with a View

Haystacks with a View © Susann Senkpiel

Haystacks - 1

Haystacks -1 © Susann Senkpiel

Haystacks - 2

Haystacks – 2 © Susann Senkpiel

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Acquired a dilapidated “Bienenwagen” (mobile beehive). With a little help it was towed out of the forest to its present resting place. Over the next few months as time and funding allows it will be transformed into a “Mobile Office and Work Unit” (MOWU).

Dilapidated "Bienenwagen" in Forest

Dilapidated “Bienenwagen” in Forest © Michel Garand

Dilapidated "Bienenwagen" in Forest - 2

Dilapidated “Bienenwagen” in Forest – 2 © Michel Garand

Dilapidated "Bienenwagen" in Forest - 3

Dilapidated “Bienenwagen” in Forest – 3       © Michel Garand

Dilapidated "Bienenwagen" in Forest - 4

Dilapidated “Bienenwagen” in Forest – 4 © Michel Garand

Dilapidated "Bienenwagen" on the Field © Michel Garand

Dilapidated “Bienenwagen” put out to Pasture? © Michel Garand

A sheep shelter is built to provide a safe haven for the sheep (mainly for the zwartbles and goat!) from downpours and snowstorms. (in the near future a sheepfold will also be built)

Sheep Shelter

Building a sheep shelter © Susann Senkpiel

Building a Sheep Shelter 2

Building a Sheep Shelter – 2 © Susann Senkpiel

Sheep Shed with a View

Sheep Shed with a View © Michel Garand

“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

“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 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

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 .