Casey Family Suffolks

Diary of Eggy Casey- Week 2- February 7-13, 2011

This has been a very busy week for the Casey Family.  We know have nine baby lambs and all are doing very well. Each day the sheep get fed twice a day.  They get fed grain which includes corn, oats, salt, mineral, and supplement which is protein.  Each momma gets about 2 pounds of feed along with alfafa hay and all the water they want. This week we had 1,000 pounds of feed mixed for them.  This will last about 6 weeks.  We have it mixed at the feed mill and then when we come home Sam and Robbie have to unload all of it. We keep it in old freezers in the barn that way no animals such as raccoons or skunks can get into it. They would really like it but we like to keep it for the sheep. Sam and Robbie also put a bale of hay out for the horses which will last them about a week.  The bale is alfafa hay and weighs about 1,000 pounds.

The horses also get grain everyday which includes corn, oats, molasses and protein.  They like the molasses because it’s like putting something sweet on your food. This was the first week the heifers have been able to get outside because of all the ice.  They really enjoyed it.

We always look forward to the month of February which is when we have our annual banquet for the Butler County Lamb and Wool Association meeting.  Sam is president this year.  We meet about once a month to plan activities for the year.  Our biggest project is sponsoring the Born and Raised Sheep Show at the Butler Co. Fair. This show is sponsored by breeders in our association that raise sheep of their own. We enjoy helping 4-H and FFA members with their projects. I have been a 4-H Advisor for Liberty Livestock 4-H Club for over 20 years. We love to be able to help members with their projects that they will be taking and showing at the fair. Next week will be busy with our first 4-H meeting. I am sure all of the animals will enjoy this warm weather. Lots to do on the farm, but something we all enjoy.







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