May 4, 2010

Hello Glog Readers,
It’s hard not to mention the weather these days! Spring in Maine offers surprises and plenty of variety! It feels like we’ve gone from snow to summer in just a couple days.

On Wednesday our veterinarian, Dr. Don McLean came to Gould’s barn. I love when he comes because he’s so aware that Gould’s Farm is a place for teaching and learning. It would be easy for him to come in, give the vaccinations we need, and head off to the next farm. Instead he takes the time to talk with the students about being a vet, about animal welfare, about parasites, vaccinations and life cycles. This year he brought enough materials for each student to collect and analyze fecal samples. Might not sound like everyone’s cup of tea, but when you look through a microscope at a larvae in its egg sac from a fresh sample YOU just collected, there’s no denying that it’s pretty cool! Fortunately for our animals, we found very few signs of parasites.

Each student also had the opportunity to administer vaccinations to our sheep and goats. We keep them up-to-date with tetanus and rabies. The likelihood of our animals contracting either is extremely rare, but better safe than sorry!

In other news this week, I brought some of Gould’s raw fleeces to Bartlett Yarns in Harmony, Maine. Our fleeces were pooled with other fleeces and we now have some gorgeous yarn that we’ll be offering for sale.

We’re looking forward to Grandparents Day on Wednesday!

Until next week,

-Tracey

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