Farmland LP purchased 100 acres just south of Corvallis in April 2011 and as of Feb. 27, 2012 we now have sheep on the upper portion of this field.
I really enjoy visiting Wattenpaugh Farm. The field begins at the end of a small lane at the highest point on the property. On clear days the snowy Cascade peaks are easy to see and the pasture spreads out for nearly a mile to the east.
Here’s a close-up view of the ewes. These are due to drop lambs in early April. Forage resources are pretty slim in February and we are glad to have some fresh pasture available for their final month of gestation. By early April the pasture growth will be extremely fast so the lambs will have plenty of milk.
Several improvements have already been made at Wattenpaugh Farm. We collaborated with Stahlbush Farm to place a shared road between our respective properties and this has held up very well all winter.
Stahlbush also repaired a buried irrigation mainline. Various other companies and custom farmers performed soil tests and added amendments, placed tiles on several poorly drained acres, and sowed our custom pasture mix. Over the next month a permanent perimeter fence will be installed.
Not just sheep live here. I met a Pacific Tree Frog in the middle of our field the other day and he or she seemed pleased with the health of the pasture too.