Snow…with a Vengence

In January I wrote that we had experienced very little snow this winter. Those of you who live in Wisconsin, especially the northern half, know that that description is no longer the case. I guess I may have asked for it! In February in Door County we have been hit by...

Grousing about Barn Clean-up

It has been a month since I last wrote anything for the Ewe Turn. So many things have been going on here in that time that I will not be able to comment on many items. Therefore, what follows are merely a few highlights. Over the last thirty days we moved from early...

Herding Skunks and Searching for Rain

At Whitefish Bay Farm we are not immune to the extremes of weather which seem to be hammering much of the planet. While we are not suffering the extreme heat and drought that has plagued much of Europe, including my friends in Denmark, we are undergoing what is...

It’s a Slow Start, but We Made it

Tuesday, May 22nd, 6:30 AM. It is foggy and very damp. Overnight it rained lightly, adding to the moisture. Yesterday the waterline to the pastures was pressurized (successfully) for the first time in 2018. The previous day the four pastures closest to the barn...

Fleeces, Blizzards and Barn Swallows

The last ten days have been exciting, to say the very least. Gretchen and I had planned to hold our annual online fleece sale this last Wednesday. All of our preparations went smoothly, until we discovered a computer error in all of the advanced notices which we had...

Shearing Update for 2018

March is now history and it was an eventful month for sheep, our flock and Whitefish Bay Farm. First off, distant French cousins of Whitefish Bay Farm’s sheep produced the milk for this year’s World Champion Cheese. The cheese is known as Esquirrou and is...