My New Ride
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There is a Lamborghini in our yard…

No, Grady did not buy me a car.  He did however build me a moveable structure for a couple lambs so that they can mow the yard.  And we are calling it the ” Lamb”orghini. 🙂

 

A neighbor had some lambs freshly weaned and we were able to buy two ram lambs.  At first they weren’t sure about us or the structure, but now they are all settled in and enjoying their new home.  When I move them forward they are near the front waiting for the fresh salad bar. 🙂

We are both excited to have sheep around again, for the enjoyment they bring as they grow and eat the salad bar, as well as when we will butcher them in the fall to put meat in our freezer.

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About Erin Phelan

Born and raised in western Michigan, Erin came to Polyface first as an intern in the summer of 2009. While here she met and got to know Grady Phelan, an apprentice at the time. The next spring they were married and after a couple years in Oklahoma they are back, working as sub-contractors for Polyface. Erin keeps herself busy with the jobs of a wife and mother, as well as helping with the animals, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, knitting and reading.
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18 Responses to My New Ride

  1. Leilani says:

    I love it! Great idea and design.

  2. Grace says:

    That’s great. I want movable structures that “I” can move too. Good for you! We worked with lamb several years ago. I totally enjoyed them and they are quite tasty and certainly good for you.

    • Erin Phelan says:

      Thanks for the encouragement, Grace. Yes, the smaller pens are a little nicer on the women folk sometimes 🙂

  3. Roger Hoffecker says:

    “Lamb”orghini… didn’t Joel have the Ram-bler?

    • Sheri Salatin says:

      Yes, we had both. 🙂 The Rambler was for the rams. We also had a Ewe-go at one time. 🙂

  4. Dawn says:

    Wow, that structure is great! Very practical, and something any homesteader could do. Does bear a resemblance to a poultry pen :). Must be something in the Polyface air that helps you all come up with these names….

    • Erin Phelan says:

      At one point Polyface had sheep, and Joel came up with this name for their shade structure, I believe, so I can’t take credit for the name 🙂

  5. Sherral says:

    Ha ha! That’s awesome!

  6. Annie says:

    Love it!! I grew up with sheep and now we’ve got 12 (7 Icelandic, 5 Katahdin) along with 3 goats and a dairy heifer in our “flerd”. They are in 50’x50′ paddocks and are moved every afternoon. We will be butchering 7 or 8 of them this fall for us and our customers.

    • Christina Roller says:

      Hi,
      I was interested in your 50 x 50 pen. How was it constructed and what materials did you use? Can it be moved by hand? I like the idea of something bigger than the lamborgini to accomodate more than 2 sheep but still manageable. My children are eager to help too.
      Thanks.
      Christina

  7. Leilani says:

    Love the simplicity and usefulness of this design!

  8. tracy says:

    Great idea. We use electric fencing to make the most of sheep for lazy lawnmowing as I call it. It is also really nice to have the lambs close enough to enjoy their company and keep them quiet. Much better than a lamborghini.
    Tracy

  9. Jonelle Rosin says:

    I love it!! Can’t wait to see them in person next week. And I can’t wait to get some of our own. I see a new vehicle in my future!:)

  10. Sheri Salatin says:

    Love it, Erin! 🙂

  11. daisyglitter says:

    Really cool! How often do you move it? Are they fast eaters? 🙂

    • Erin Phelan says:

      Twice a day right now, but as they get bigger I imagine I’ll be moving it more.

  12. Mrs H says:

    Hmm, this is even better than a motorized Lamborghini 🙂

  13. Love the name! Sort of like a chicken tractor for sheep!