Silly question maybe...but one this shepherd takes seriously. You see, your socks begin with what the sheep eat. If they eat good quality food, the wool quality will be wonderful. This time of year, as the temps get cooler and the wind starts to howl, sheep are transitioning over from pasture grass to hay. So we have just filled the barn with orchard grass hay.
Being a shepherd and serving up hay to the woolies can be a bit problematic at times. Or maybe just itchy, because the hay gets everywhere. It sticks to my hair, gets in my shoes and hides in my coat pockets.
And you are not truly a wool farm gal if you don't get hay down your brassiere. (Sometimes I just do without said under garment for the duration of the winter months. Sheep don't seem to care.)
But there are some benefits to hoisting bales of hay while filling the barn, or tossing out sections of hay to noisy sheep. Getting a bit of excercse is not a bad thing. I call it Shepherd Yoga. Instead of Om....I hear BAA!
The only thing I really don't like about hay bales is the twine. I might keep a clean spic and span pick up truck, but my barn gets pretty cluttered up with the baling twine. I am embarrassed to say that it has been piling up for years.
I blame the hubby. It has been on the honey do list for eons to load up the expanding twine pile and take it to the dump. The only ones that don't seem to mind are the barn kitties. It seems baling twine is a favorite toy. The problem is that they drag the twine out all over the grounds like colorful confetti while playing kitty games. And like naughty children, they refuse to pick up their toys. Oh well..I love them anyway.
So as you sit down and enjoy your Thanksgiving Feast, the sheep are eating theirs, and feeding your socks! Well fed socks are what we specialize in. Your feet can tell!. Happy Thanksgiving from Sweet Tree Hill Farm!