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April 13, 2010

We’re home in Oklahoma after a four-day roundtrip to Knoxville, TN. If you ever get the chance to visit Tennessee in early April, be sure to drive through the state–the trees are magnificent! I’ve never seen redbud trees over 20 feet tall, much less the 30 and 40 footers that grew along the roadside there. The dogwoods and flowering crabapples were in full majestic bloom, blossoms of white and pink to make you ooooh and aaaah. And those Volunteer State drivers! I think 85 mph was the minimum speed on the weekend interstate, not a highway patrol trooper in sight 😀

Other than the opportunity to visit a pretty place in the springtime, we had a real reason for the trip-we picked up a new herdsire that we are very excited to add to the flock. He comes from Locust Grove Farm, a sheepmilk dairy just west of Knoxville owned by Sheri and Leonard Palko.

Sheri and Leonard get ready to load Knoxville into the truck carrier

Sheri and Leonard get ready to load Knoxville into the truck carrier

Knoxville was born in January, but he’ll big enough by September for us to use him on this year’s ewe lambs. He’s already several inches taller than our oldest lambs. Our excitement stems from being able to introduce some different bloodlines into our flock, along with the outstanding milk production numbers from his parentage. Locust Grove makes four different kinds of sheepmilk cheese in their on-farm creamery, and we got to see their setup and hear about how they got started. Sheri shared several tips and ideas with us, and we are most grateful for the hospitality they showed us on a Sunday afternoon. We came home with three kinds of their cheese which we’ll be enjoying soon.

Thanks to Cyrena for keeping the farm running in our absence!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2010 4:33 pm

    Nanc, I thought Tennessee was the state where the men were men, and the sheep were skeerd! LOL just joshing, he’s a good looking young buck, well ram really. I hope does you guys a good job!

    • April 14, 2010 10:52 pm

      HA! No, Stephen, that’s *Wyoming* (at least, it was when I lived in Colorado).

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