Farm quiz

Today’s quiz question is … in what way or ways do I find satisfaction in this picture? Agriculturally speaking that is, not photographically. And, no fair peeking at the answers below.


I find satisfaction in this scene for the following reasons, and in no particular order: (1) the pasture is green and growing rapidly, indicating good soil moisture and appropriate nutrient levels, (2) the pasture is free of weeds, indicating good management, (3) the forage is beginning to produce seed, indicating high nutrient levels, (3) the forage is thick and plentiful, (4) the lambs are healthy, note their uppy ears and bright eyes, and their fleeces are of good color and look to be in good shape, these are things a natural-color fleece farmer likes to see, and (5) the lambs are in good condition or in other words, they’re fat. How many did you guess?

13 thoughts on “Farm quiz

  1. Would it be weird to suggest that the sheep are also mentally healthy? They seem to be very clean, which suggests they have been moving around, foraging, rather than clustering in an area like they would if they were too afraid of predators to move out to the fields, or too dependent on the farmer for their feed. So, I guess this all goes to indicate good pasture management, as well, with good nutrition in the forage and shepherding (your dogs).

    • No, it wouldn’t be M. Perhaps you wouldn’t be surprised to know that management practices can have significant influence the mental state of animals. As an obvious example one only need look to CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) to see evidences of this. Did you know that producers can certify their livestock as Humane Raised and Handled, check out this link … That such programs exist points to the need for the ethical treatment of animals and also, perhaps between the lines, that human methods of raising livestock lead, plain and simple, to happier animals. Thanks for thinking about these animals as individuals entitled to a good life … and not simply as cuts to be processed for the table. I have written elsewhere that raising livestock brings with it (in our view at least) tremendous responsibility. Joanna and I take that responsibility seriously … read one if you have interest and see what you think.

      Thoughts on the ethical treatment of livestock …
      In support of animal welfare …
      Rear window …


  2. I guessed just number 1 – but probably only because the green pasture is so a defining part of the image.
    And I think you can also be satisfied photographically with this picture 🙂 I always like how your sheep look straight at you – it seems they know something but they don’t tell!

    • Yes … see Jenny’s comment below … she suggests we should have had a caption contest to figure out just what those two had been saying to one another. I’ve seen your post about the solar collector and will get to it shortly. D

  3. I got distracted, imagining what one lamb was saying to the other. This pic is crying out for a caption competition, I think.
    “Look, he’s at it again. Try to look nonchalant – it brings out the best in ewe” Ouch!

    • Ha … I got a laugh out of that, for sure. No contest needed – you win, hands down. When I laughed, Joanna, sitting across the table from me, asked what was so funny. I read your comment/caption and she laughed too … but with an emphasis on the ‘ouch’ response to the pun. I’ll see if I can come up with a photo for a caption contest, as you suggest. Thanks. D

  4. At first I thought you liked this photo because it was easy on the eye, relaxing and simple. Then I noticed your challenge. I focused immediately on the grass. It looked like my front yard until the gardener came this afternoon!! Nice, thick healthy grass and plenty of it. We’ve had a good amount of rain and moderate temps. All good for growing grass. Sadly I didn’t even think the wonderful lambs!! They look fit as fiddles! 🙂

    • If your grass is that long you should dry and bale it has hay … lots of folks there in Newton might be interested in putting up forage for the winter! The downside of all the nice growth is that fencelines need to be maintained to keep the electric fence from grounding on the fall foliage – that’s some of what’s planned for today’s activities. Fun, fun. D

      • I assumed that means you need to edge your pastures! Quite the time-consuming task! But looks like you have a lovely day for it!

        • Yes … never got to the fencelines … had to Brush Hog (big mower-type-thing driven by one of the tractors) areas bewteen the house and the pastures, mow the same with my riding mower, and then trim around all the tress with my weed-whacker … started at around 7AM and just came in to take a shower at 4PM … I only wish I were drawing an hourly wage for such work. I’m bushed … but the place is looking nice. D

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