It has been a Spring and Summer of machinery trials here.
First it seemed no end of electrical issues to set the card up including installing a single phase to 3 phase adaptor. Next came sizing a motor to run the workers and then getting all the timing set up!
Never did so much math before in my life!
Seemed all was well and we got under way only to now have a cog, as I call them, break.
So we sit again waiting for parts.
Eventually I know we will look back on this as a part of the learning curve and talk fondly of how far we have come. For now though we can only see how far we have yet to go.
But we keep going. The washer is fine so we keep washing and drying fibre.
The picker is fine so we keep picking as things are ready for that stage.
We are even doing some dyeing in the fleece on our own fibres and on ecru yarns and fibres from Ashland Bay awaiting the big card going again.
If the fibre Gods smile on us we will have the part and the millwright here in early August.
Other areas are singing right along though.
Been a good year for colour in the Icelandic Lambs. After starting with all white ewes, we added a coloured ram who had the potential for moorit 2 years ago, still we got white lambs. Last year we added a Moorit spotted horned ram and this year we have spotted moorit and spotted black lambs as well as more white.
Ready to go this month are 3 registerable ram lambs.