July 1, 2010
New Residents at Alderleaf - Milking Sheep!
As part of Alderleaf's permaculture plan (our efforts to become more sustainable and self reliant), we've acquired two milking sheep at Alderleaf Farm! Mom is a Friesian dairy breed and the lamb is a cross with a Black Welsh Mountain breed.
They're exciting animals to have at the farm because they not only provide milk, but also wool for clothing (and felting projects), lots of manure (fertilizer for the gardens) and more lambs. They require less space and resources than larger animals like cows. They also help tend the pasture and lawns (reducing the need to mow), while fertilizing the land!
We feel they're a great addition to the farm and hope you get a chance to meet them the next time you visit!