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Purebred Sheep

I am especially interested in the Horned and naturally colored varieties. I also have some purebred Suffolk & Dorset ewes, as well as some crossed or commercial ewes. I look for natural resistance to diseases, good immune systems ,good mothering instincts, multiple birthing, carcass conformation and good milk production traits. I weigh my lambs at 50 and 100 days to compare milk growth (50 day) and individual production (100 day). There is no sense in encouraging triplets and quadruplets if the mother cannot produce enough milk to feed them. I believe strongly in promoting the "mother - offspring" bond, and will only "bottle-feed" when the safety of the lamb is at stake. Often if a mother rejects one of her twins or triplets there may be something that she knows that we do not. It pays to analyze why that rejection is taking place. Keep in mind the laws of natural selection.

I do not raise lambs for the sake of the meat trade! The function of the sheep as the engine of my farm is their primary role. They maintain the grasslands and fix nitrogen and nutrients in my horticultural activities. I harvest lambs and mutton to husband and sustain the flock at a size that my farm can support. I look to use the byproducts of sheep, such as their wool, horns and other materials as other gifts offered by the creator. Many North American cultures had a herd animal as the basis of support for their families. Our family's herd animal is sheep. We respect and honor these wonderful animals. They have been part of my celtic ancestor's heritage for thousands of years. My ancestors raised them in Newfoundland, Ireland, Wales and England.

Organic & Sustainable Farming
I have been doing a lot of research on Organic and Sustainable Farming. Having worked with very strong chemicals earlier in my life, I am well aware of the harm that we can do to ourselves and our environment. I have been keeping aquariums since I was 5 years old, and established my first saltwater aquarium in a 15 gallon tank when I was 11. I learned very quickly the toxic effects of over crowding and over feeding. I feel our immediate environment is our own aquarium, and we must be careful in maintaining the eco-balance. To educate my children on the equilibrium of an ecosystem, I have been maintaining a 30 gallon saltwater aquarium that contains indigenous brackish water species as well as Sea Anenomes, Moonsnails, Minnows and Mussels. The only filtering system that I use is an undergravel filter that uses both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria to breakdown the ammonia and nitrites. I am careful in selecting species that are robust enough to withstand this harsh artificial environment. Sustainable farming works on much the same principle. The walls of my 'aquarium' are my fences, and the filtering system is the earth and the sky. The hardest part about establishing a true Organic operation is preparing a thorough audit of all chemicals that are presently on the farm and which can come into the farm. I try my best to keep vigilant track of each and every chemical that comes onto my farm, but we must realize that it is absolutely impossible to keep all chemicals off of the farm. As soon as someone drives up the driveway, they are emitting NOx fumes, hydrocarbons, and dripping oil from their engines and tail pipes. Not to mention the chemicals and pesticides they maybe carrying on their clothes. Being aware of these things will prevent you from allowing the sheep to graze in areas that may have contaminants, and closely monitoring the plants that they browse and the source and content of any feed supplement that is used.
The farmer is the front line guard in ensuring that the end product is safe and wholesome for you to eat.
Natural Herbal Medicine
So much of our modern day medicine comes from the folk knowledge of yesteryear, one would think that humankind would respect Natural Herbal Medicine a little more than we do. The bio-synergistic interaction that occurs when organic chemical compounds work together in a living organism are almost impossible to duplicate by using synthetically produced chemicals. This is the magic associated with "life" that just can't be duplicated in a test-tube. We need to appreciate the uniqueness of an organism's existence, it's creation and it's right to live. As farmers we only plant the magic package called a seed and through our skills of husbandry we can interract with it and watch it grow. People who are close to the earth can get a special feeling of this. My wife and I view our children the same way.
Our children are souls entrusted to our care, for us to husband and nurture, interract with and enjoy. This is a special gift of the creator that we can lose at anytime as part of the bigger truth.
Our favorite flower can get a little too much sun one day, or a nip of frost, and alas it's beauty departs. Our pets get old or suffer accidents or illness, and they too, depart.
People that we meet, know and love move away, grow away, or pass away and all that remains is their memory.
Today we can respect and admire the uniqueness of each creature.
Today we can love, nurture and learn.
Yesterday and tomorrow are only dreams.
Today is the substance of tomorrow's memories.
Eastern Canadian History
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. Life of Reason, "Reason in Common Sense,"ch. 12 (1905-6). William L. Shirer used this quote as an epigraph in his The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1959). The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations is licensed from Columbia University Press. Copyright 1993 by Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
Education & Aboriginal Issues
I have heard that the average lifespan of an aboriginal North American is 35 years. This is appalling, yet based on my knowledge and experience I believe it to be true. So many gifts were given freely by our first nations peoples to the european settlers; gifts of medicine and knowledge, gifts of skills to survive, gifts of wisdom. These gifts are still given today to those who ask. Our modern society owes the repayment of gratitude, respect, freedom of culture, religion, language and education, to not only our First nations peoples, but to all peoples who have helped to build North America.

If you would like to know more about our family's native heritage and language you can visit this site :


Closing thought:

Everyone who lives in North America today is an Immigrant or descended from an Immigrant!

This country has been inviting people to settle, cooperate and build a nation for 15,000 years, why stop now?

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