For me, now is the time of year for blocking out the calendar. 2016 will be the first year we try an accelerated, three times in two years, breeding schedule for the Katahdin flock. With a turn of the Pipestone wheel I can discover if my list of "wants" is even possible.
So as I combine family and farm, what's on the list of "wants"?
- no lambing in Jan/Feb
- November lambing to catch the 2017 Easter (4/16) market
- flexible blocks of family time in June and late fall
I am not sure how the flock will respond to an accelerated schedule, but using the wheel, I will set dates for moving the rams in and out of the breeding flock to keep the bitterest months lamb-free and our family time intact.