Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Iowa State Fair 2014 Wool Competition Results

Well, it's that time of year again ... Summer Fair Season! 

The Iowa State Fair represented our second of three wool competitions for 2014. We entered 6 fleeces this year.

Frosty's fleece won: 

1st place in 36's-48's Low 1/4, Common and Braid, Colored 
Grand Champion Hand-Spinning Fleece 
Overall Reserve Grand Champion Fleece

This marks the third year in a row that Grace Valley Farms has had the Overall Reserve Champion fleece at the Iowa State Fair!

Daisy's fleece won 1st place in her class (top) 
36's-48's Low 1/4, Common and Braid, White
Garfield's lamb fleece won 1st place in his class (bottom left)
50's-58's 3/8 and 1/4 Blood Combing, Colored 
Gilbert's lamb fleece won 1st place in his class (bottom right)
50's-58's 3/8 and 1/4 Blood Combing, White

Gomer's fleece took second in his class, behind Garfield's fleece.
Faith's fleece won a red ribbon in her class behind Frosty's Overall Reserve Champion fleece.

Special thanks to Rick and Dee Heinrich for transporting our fleeces to the fair. 

Photo Credits: Martha Meyer

Psalm 100
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Abby's Second Litter of Puppies

Abby recently delivered her second litter of pups! The delivery went well and Abby has been taking good care of her babies. This littler includes 7 pups ... 5 males and 2 females! 

Two More Calves

Iris, one of our heifers, delivered her first calf this summer. We named her healthy little girl, Lilac. 

Olive also had a heifer calf. Kalamata is all black with a little white patch on her belly. 

A New Tractor Joins the Farm

We are excited about the arrival of our new tractor! 
A 2010 Massey joined the farm this summer.

The new tractor made baling our first cutting of hay much easier! 

We are thankful for our new addition!