Lambing for 2017 has begun and DeeDee was the first lamb to be born. The first lamb is always special and, wow, is she ever cute. Come watch this short movie about December's little DeeDee and her first days at Bear Valley Farm. Prepare yourself to be warmed in heart.
Say hello to the first rams born at Bear Valley Farm 2017. The offspring of Lizzy, these two spunky rams are quite the characters. Full of energy and activity, watch them explore their new worlds both inside and outside. Prepare to say "Awww" when little Barry has trouble finding his mother.
We had a bumper crop of lambs this year. Freckles gave birth to triplets (Suzy, Sammy, & Spot) and Limpy gave birth to quardruplets (Bobo, Booboo, Annie & Oakely). These are all adorable lambs, but Annie and Oakely have become the favorites here at Bear Valley Farm.
We sure enjoyed having Annie and Oakley living at the house (garage actually) while we fed them and raised them and loved them. But the time has come now to bring these adorable lambs to the barn, where they belong. Come watch the move to the touching music of Tchaikovsky.
The shadows are growing long and sun is going down on Bear Valley Farm. Night has fallen, and it is time to bring the lambs into the barn for a good night's sleep. But first they must play. Prepare yourself for some serious cute as you watch our lambs frolic in their pen.
Ferrari was born to Norma on March 3, 2017. Jeffrey was born to Grandma on April 4th. In between we experienced our one and only snow storm of the season. Come watch our little lambs take to their short-lived winter wonderland in stride.
Bootsy's unusual markings really threw the herd for a loop. For a few days the sheep regarded Bootsy with suspicion, if not fear. She was just too different. Poor little Bootsy. Will she ever be accepted by the herd at Bear Valley Farm? Watch this video to find out.
Meet the last two lambs for this season at Bear Valley Farm, Toro and Tula.
The births were not without incident. Somehow, Teardrop lost sight of Tula in the darkness of the large pen and failed to bond adequately with her second baby. Not to worry though. Tula will be well taken care of.
What a beautiful May day it was. Come see an amazing sunrise along with a rainbow, spy baby geese on Chester lake, behold a contented dog, see hungry sheep, laugh at playful goats, then take another look at Annie and Oakley, the two most adorable lambs on the planet.
It's June 1st and the rams have reached breeding age. This means we must now separate them from the females so that no unauthorized pregnancies ensue. It is a bit traumatic for the young rams at first. They have never been away from their mothers. But not to worry, within a day all will be well.
We are headlong into the Summer of 2017 and the pastures are full, thick, and lush, much to the delight of our sheep. It is surprising how much our animals actually eat, as you will see in this video. And there are few things as enjoyable and relaxing as watching happy sheep graze. Enjoy.
The time has come to say goodbye to some of our rams. We are happy to report that our boys have found good homes at various farms in Wisconsin. And so we bid a fond farewell to Big Willie & Jeffrey (Smooth's & Grandma's lambs) and Bobo & Booboo (Annie & Oakley's brothers).
Annie and Oakley are all grown up and ready to go to their new home near Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. But Farmer Tom is not ready to have to say goodbye. Come see these fond memories of our two favorite lambs as they grew from little babies to beautiful sheep.
Six of our lambs went to Iowa. It was quite the adventure. We are happy for Bootsy, Buzzy, Sammy, Toro, Tula & Bambi. They traveled well and took to their new location with enthusiasm. We are sad to see them go, but happy they found a great home among other sheep and windmills.
It's December 25th, 2017 --our last video of the year. Christmas Day on the farm is always fun; but boy was it ever cold. 10 degrees below zero! But that didn't stop us from making a special breakfast for the chickens, Bruce the Cat, the goats, Daryl the Donkey, and, of course, the sheep.
As more and more lambs arrive it is necessary to integrate them together, which is not always a smooth transition. Sometimes the mothers become aggressive toward "foreign" lambs; but this year brought an easy transition. Come watch little lambs together and meet favorites, Spot & BooBoo.
Come see what a typical noon-day feeding is like for two cute little orphan lambs. When you start bottle feeding you can't help but get attached to these little ones. Annie and Oakely have won a special place in Farmer Tom's heart. Perhaps you as well if you watch this video.
Probably the cutest most adorable little lambs ever captured on film frolicking in the morning sun. Suzy is our resident loud mouth and Spot steals the scenes she is in. But pay close attention to Annie and Oakley, the stars of this vignette at Bear Valley Farm.
Hooray! Babysheep gave birth to triplets (Bambi, Bootsy, & Buzzy). All three are healthy, but Bootsy is the real looker. She has multiple black and white markings. But make no mistake, all three lambs are adorable. Come watch the first days of some very special new lambs at Bear Valley Farm.
The snow, what there was of it this year, is gone. The cold of winter is losing its icy grip at Bear Valley Farm. Spring is in the air, and the new grasses in the electric meadow are calling. Come watch our lambs graze to the haunting sounds of Pink Floyd.
Our 2016 Fall Lambs have grown up and it's time to say goodbye. Lucy and Lulu found a wonderful home at a farm near West Bend; and as you will see in this fond farewell footage, our lovable lambs made some new friends to ease the transition.
The pastures have been growing all Spring. Now it's time to release the sheep into the tall grass and let them graze. It's old hat for the ewes but a brand new adventure for the lambs. Included are Bruce the Cat, the amusing Donkey Roll, and a mishap with Buzzy the Lamb.
It is June 24th and we must say goodbye to the first lambs to leave Bear Valley Farm this year. DeeDee, Willemena, Suzy and Spot all found a nice home at a family farm in Mayville, Wisconsin, where they will make lots of babies and be happy sheep. We wish our lambs well.
Here's a question for you: What do farm animals do most? Answer: They eat and they lounge around. The animals at Bear Valley Farm are no exception. Come see our goats scarf down yummy cottonwood leaves and watch the sheep and donkey do nothing.
Every day Farmer Tom takes his dog Bear out for a run on the farm. This movie is a typical "doggie run" on a typical sunny day at Bear Valley Farm. Bear is always super excited for this daily adventure, and Farmer Tom enjoys it too, as ATV's are involved.
One day when we were cleaning out the Marshview Sheep Shelter, our curious goats became very interested in our ATV w/dump cart. We remember when Babygoat used to climb on our ATV's as a little baby. Now she's full grown but just as motivated. Even Daryl got in on the act.
Summer is over and the year is coming to a close. We say goodbye to our last three rams (Barry, Benny & Ferrari). And as a gift, we offer our goats a new playground to play on. Amongst the falling leaves and the shorter days, we wait for winter and reflect on the good year we had.