rain gauges, one isn’t enough!

2.1 inches of rain

The farm rain gauge showing 2.1 inches of rain. The farm rain gauge is 1/2 mile from the house, but often the rain amounts are different between the two locations.

Our farm got some very welcome rain this past week. This was the first good, soaking rain we’ve had since July 2012.

We have two rain gauges – one at the farm – and one at the house. The farm is only 1/2 mile away, but as you can see it can make a difference! The rain gauge at the farm is showing 2.1 inches and at the house we had 1.9.

It is all welcome!

Rain gauge at the house showing 1.9 inches of rain.

The rain gauge at the house shows 1.9 inches of rain after 4 days of very welcome on and off rain in early April.

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2012 lamb crop

We raised some nice lambs this year; these lambs are cross-bred Dorset-Suffolk breeding. They were born in May 2012 and weaned about 5-6 weeks later. They have always had alfalfa hay available in a self feeder. I have also fed them a small amount of cracked corn over the last 3-4 months. There was very little pasture available last summer due to the drought, so even though my lambs would usually have access to some pasture in my small orchard, that was not available this past summer.

Market lambs feeding on alfalfa-orchardgrass hay March 10, 2013.

Market lambs feeding on alfalfa-orchardgrass hay March 10, 2013.

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