This Farmer Has Lamb…Welcome to Little Hooves Romneys’ first attempt at a blog. I am so excited that our website has been updated and with that update, I feel that I must finally take the plunge and start this blog. Social media, interacting with the public, and writing comes easy for me but tonight it seems a little tougher than usual. I guess part of me wants it to be a fun, informative blurb while the other part wants it to be a polished short story. For those of you who know me, know that I am very informal and not-so-polished, short yes, polished no.
Many of you reading this know me through market sales, sheep shows or my hospital employment. I wear many hats but the most fulfilling is agriculture. To give you a quick history of Little Hooves Romneys, we started out as a dairy farm with three sheep as a 4H project, which quickly escalated too many sheep. Eventually the cows left and the sheep population grew even more. I always joke that it was a 4H project that when awry. My husband and I run the farm on a day to day basis, but our grown children and grandchildren will help when extra man power is needed. Currently we have 250+ head of Romney breeding ewes, rams and replacement stock, grow crops and hay on 300 acres and do rotational pasture management. Growing our own feed and knowing where it comes from, enables us to provide the best feed for our animals’ health and yours, the consumer. We sell breeding livestock across the US, farmer’s market, and restaurants. Our livestock are raised humanely and treated as part of our lives, because they are the biggest part of our lives.
Before there was a Little Hooves, Kenny and I met at the Delaware State Fair. He was there showing cattle, I went with a friend to help her show her hogs and Hereford cattle. I was 15, he was 17, and that was pretty much the beginning of “us”. We both went to college and he returned to farming and I became a nurse. There are always nursing jobs to be done on the farm. Much to my surprise there are a lot of nurses (and physicians) involved in the sheep world. Maybe it’s the caregiver in us and taking people and animals into the fold and tending sheep so to speak, but for whatever the reason, it seems to work. Kids came along, as did their involvement on the farm, whether it was baling hay, milking cows or scraping manure and I feel that it taught them good work ethic, teamwork, respect and appreciation. So that is a quick synopsis of how we got to this point in our lives.
The purpose of this blog is twofold, the first is to provide an agricultural experience for folks who have no firsthand knowledge of agriculture but who want to feel connected and know where their food and other sheep products come from, the second is for purely selfish reasons, as I now have a place where I can talk and write. Some folks may know that I talk fast but with reading, you won’t even notice.
Please check out our new updated web site, it looks fresh and upbeat (many thanks to Jake Gardner and Banner Publications). On the “shop” page you can see what we currently have for sale with more things to come. If you would like to subscribe to our newsletter, you can add your email at the bottom in the subscribe box on the website. There will be times that I send out coupons, recipes or just general farm happenings. If you have any questions or comments, please reach how to us and I will get back to you in less than 24 hours. As a gift, if you mention that you visited our web site, Face Book or our blog “This Farmer Has Lamb”, you will receive 10% off your next purchase.
Thanks in advance for checking us out!