Farm Stories

Unusual Uses For Wool

Just wearing your sweater, you know that wool keeps you warm. Sheepskin and wool have been used for warmth as long as sheep and people have been ar...

Essential farm tools: the ATV – it can drive around the world!

One of our ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) – the 2004 Suzuki Eiger – has just gone over 40,075km.  That is the distance around the Earth at the equator...

Breeding Sheep Season

  Breeding sheep can be complicated.  Four months, three weeks and four days, or 142 – 148 days: that is the gestation period of a lamb. Our shephe...

A “New” Haybine for the sheep farm

We decided we needed an upgraded haybine for cutting hay, as our oldies had been patched again and again, and just were not up to the job. We use t...

Surviving a Drought Year on Amherst Island

Most of our 41 summers farming on Amherst Island have been dry. The summers of 2008-2011 were a pleasant exception – no Islanders could remember 3 ...

Sheep Have Bad Press

    How many disparaging phrases have you heard about sheep?  “Led like sheep to the slaughter”; “The black sheep of the family”; “A wolf in sheep’...

A woolly way of life for Amherst Islanders

by Meghan Balogh, Napanee Guide Newspaper   A short ferry ride from Millhaven has the potential to transport you to another world. On Amherst Islan...

Shearing Season on the Sheep Farm

  These pregnant ewes are on their way to the barn to be shorn. Their instincts to protect their young lambs from bad weather is enhanced by mamas ...

Morning Feeding on the Sheep Farm

The quality of food the sheep receive is reflected in the quality of the lamb we produce. The sheep on Topsy Farm seem to think the quality is exce...

Winter on an Ontario Farm: Yes, the Sheep Are in the Field All Year

Our sheep stay outside all year. They are actually their healthiest in the cold weather – no flies, and internal parasites are not an issue. Not to...

Our Dogs Who Protect the Sheep Flock

The workers at Topsy Farms very much include its dogs. They are members of the team who work to care for and protect our flock. At present we have ...

Chores

At Christmas, long weekends and other holidays, farmers don’t take much time off. The animals need daily attention. Always. On Christmas Day, two m...