Growing up on the family farm (Fineline Farm) in Springfield P.E.I I helped tend to the Registered Suffolk flock and milked Brown Swiss cows. I brought sheep with me when I married dairy farmer Robert Paynter in 1983, but they didn't pay well at the time so were sold. After more years of milking cows, tending to a large beef cow herd and having the girls Amy and Emily, the sheep came back! The sheep pushed the cattle out and now at Blueshank Farms in Kelvin Grove (a heritage farm operated by same family since 1845 ) we run a flock of 300 mothers, mostly Rideau Arcotts and a small flock of Registered Suffolks. We were thrilled in 2014 when one of our Rideau ewes had 6 healthy babies! I feel that our long learning experiences in the dairy and beef industries have been very beneficial in our management style for the sheep. I spend a lot of time with them making sure they are happy and healthy. If they aren't happy I'm not happy. If Momma ain't happy, there ain't NOBODY happy! I plan on being a shepherd until I can't do it anymore.
Everyday is different. From days (and nights) that are insanely busy at lambing time to pulling up a chair and having a coffee while watching them relax in deep straw or chew away on top quality feed that Robert and Emily have put up for them. We all have farming in our blood and we all look after different aspects of the farm but help each other when needed.
Blueshank Farms is pleased to be supplying wool to Fleece and Harmony! We rely heavily on our shearer and friend Amber Petersen for getting those fleeces off in great shape. Wool is such a natural product and has such a history behind it. With people wanting to buy local, it is a pleasure to see Kim and Jennifer turn it into something special.