is all it takes. On Monday, I started feeding the ewes just a little grain in the evenings. I'll be turning the ram in next week and I like to up their nutritional level just a little before breeding. Most years, all I would need to do is put them on fresh pasture, but seeing as how we have no fresh pasture (or really any pasture left at all), this year they are getting some grain. Once is all I have to feed them and they start showing up at the gate like clockwork. They wait and they watch for any sign of me. I don't even have to be heading to the barn. Just show my face outside the house and the baa-ing starts.
The Kentucky Sheep and Wool Festival was a fun weekend. It was chilly and sales of wool were better than ever. Best of all is the camaraderie with the other vendors. Some of these people are together only this one time in a year, but friendships are made and it's part of what brings us all back each year. My camera never came out of the case, but Sara got some great pictures and you can see them on her blog.
Tonight I'll be part of a group doing a sheep-to-shawl demonstration at the Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington, Kentucky (complete with live sheep!). If you are out and about, come by and join in the fun.