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Ol West Farms

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Spring 2019

Posted on May 18, 2019 at 7:54 PM Comments comments (67)
Spring has finally arrived.  We have 4 new Shetland lambs so far this spring.  Tux, Patricia, Calvin and Hobbs.  We are excitedly waiting for more lambs.  We also have been blessed with 4 little kunekune piglets!  Love spring and all of the babies!  So much fun living on a farm!!!

January 2016 enjoying a little sun on a frosty day with the pigs

Posted on January 2, 2016 at 7:57 PM Comments comments (74)
Today is January 2, 2016.  It is 28F here in Roy and the ground is frozen solid.  We are introducing our new KuneKune boar "Howie" to the rest of our herd.  We took all of the pigs outside for them to play on the frost covered frozen ground and eat carrots with Morgan.  The other pigs have accepted Howie and he is doing well!  He is such a wonderful addition to the farm and Morgan's favorite boy!  Here are some of the photos I took today of the pigs enjoying their time outside.  They were out of the barn about 2 hours when they all ran for the door and wanted back in!  Too cold for them!
Beeps (older boar) and Howie (baby boar)
Beeps (older boar) and Howie (baby boar)
Beeps-Our older boar
Beeps-Our older boar
Beeps eating carrots
Beeps eating carrots
Ginger (our girl) and Beeps
Ginger (our girl) and Beeps
Ginger
Ginger
Howie and Maryanne (another one of our girls)
Howie and Maryanne (another one of our girls)
Baby Howie
Baby Howie
Howie checking out play ball
Howie checking out play ball
Howie and Maryanne
Howie and Maryanne
Maryanne
Maryanne
Maryanne wanting a carrot
Maryanne wanting a carrot
Miley (one of our girls) enjoying a carrot
Miley (one of our girls) enjoying a carrot
Barb Brooks-Worrell

2015 year update

Posted on December 13, 2015 at 2:32 PM Comments comments (60)

Worrell Family 2015 update


            2015 is a year we will always remember as one where we dealt with a number of changes both in our lives. This year, I have started teaching Human anatomy and physiology at a local Community College.  I love teaching and have enjoyed the students.  Our daughter also experienced changes as she started the 8 grade at a new school.  Due to transportation problems, we had to switch schools at the last possible moment before school began.  She is doing well in her studies.  She also continues to play the clarinet in band, riding (and driving-cart) horses, playing tennis, and ice skating.  She made us exceptionally proud when she won a medal at the northwest regional ice skating competition!  She had a wonderful ice skating competition season and looks forward to next year’s season.  Last week, she performed in a Christmas ice skating show skating to “Home on Christmas Day”. She was so elegant and beautiful!  In February 2016, she will perform in her third professional ice show “Love is in the air”.  Lots of practices there!  We continue to play Tennis before school (at 6 am on the days she doesn’t ice skate) and having a blast.  Though, I seem to be getting beat now more often on the tennis court!  I am working with our wonderful tennis coach to hopefully keep these losses to a minimum! LOL!  This year, our daughter grew 7 ½ inches and turned 13!  We celebrated her birthday with a party at trampoline nation.  The kids had a blast jumping for hours especially in the “trick nation” section where they performed flips and very strange maneuvuers.  It made me tired just watching them!  How wonderful to be able to jump for hours and then eat cake and pizza!

In June, we lost my dad (86 yrs old) so this holiday season is hard as we remember his smile and miss him with each passing day.  However, the loss has brought us closer to my sister and her family, an incredible gift.  We spent a wonderful week this past summer with my sister’s family ending with an incredible weekend on their beautiful houseboat!  It is hard to comprehend that mom has been gone since 2007 and now dad has joined mom leaving us as the next generation. 

On the farm, we continue to raise cashmere, Shetland sheep, angora bunnies, and kiko goats.  This year, we have added a small grazing pig to our farm, the KuneKune pig (pronounced CooneyCooney).  These are small pigs with incredibly sweet temperaments (wonderful pets!) that graze and don’t destroy the pastures as regular pigs would.  We look forward to baby piglets later in 2016.  We also found a new llama to adopt (Panda) after the loss of our previous llama.  Panda is the sweetest boy ever!  Llamas help keep the coyotes off our farm and our baby animals safe. We also saw changes with our horses.  The horse that I bought in 2014, Reba who was a 5 yr old double registered American Quarter Horse/Paint, developed leg problems and we had to find her a retirement home.  We were lucky to locate another paint/arab gelding (Armaini) who I am having fun getting to know.  We also found a new horse trainer who is amazing and our daughter and I look forward to showing Armani and Lady in 2016.   I continue to gain strength in my legs but I am still dealing with knee pain now a year after my car accident.  Unfortunately, showing dogs is still not possible due to my knee problems.  This is heartbreaking for me as I have a lovely young bullmastiff girl “Caroline” who I am wanting to show.  But, I hope this will change in the future with the help of physical therapy.  I have located a dog handler who may have to help me this next year with Caroline.   Please check out our websites www.olwestfarms.com and www.olwestbullmastiffs.com  for updates (or facebook).  We hope 2016 is a wonderful healthy year for you and your family.

Love, Barbara

Ol West Farms

 





2015 update

Posted on November 1, 2015 at 11:43 AM Comments comments (55)
This year has brought a lot of changes to our family farm.  The year started off as a hard one with my father, age 86, developing health problems and then us loosing him in June.  We all know he is in a happier place now and once again with the wife he loved for 56 years.  

Mark and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary by bringing in KuneKune pigs to our farm.  We are excited about our new arrivals (Justin, Ginger, Maryanne, and Miley) and hope for piglets in December.  Will keep you posted on that!  

We are awaiting the arrival of our shetland lambs who should arrive any day!  We are preparing our cashmere and kiko bucks for breeding for spring/summer kids.

Morgan, our daughter, is excited as she transitions from a "kid" to a teenager with her upcoming 13th birthday this November.  I am not sure how she got to be 13 already!  She is a great kid and really enjoys the animals on the farm, ESPECIALLY the new pigs.  She has been working with our new boar, Justin, on his harness training!

We hope to hear from you all soon! 
Barb
Mark 
and Morgan
Ol West Farms

2014 year update

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 2:46 PM Comments comments (98)
2014

This year has been full of fun on the farm.  Morgan enjoyed a litter of Dutch bunnies from her two chocolate/white Dutch bunnies (Mocha and Chief).  We enjoyed playing with the baby bunnies in the kitchen.  I was blessed with a litter of French angora bunnies from Buttercup and Brownie.  The fiber on the babies is just wonderful.  I kept a little male "Copper" out of the litter for our future breeding program.  Lovely boy with incredible fiber.  We also added a new horse to our farm.  Reba will replace Crystal for me as we have determined that Crystal is not the right horse for me at this stage in my life.  We are actively looking for a new home for Crystal.  Crystal has a lot of potential and it is a crime for us to have her sitting in our pasture not working!  We also enjoyed our first baby Shetland lambs!  Check out our photos of our baby lambs!  We were blessed with 3 girls (Sugar, Premier, and Marie) and 1 boy (Donnie).  We also added Nugget to our herd who will take Cadbury's place as lead ram in a couple years.

If you visit our other website, you can experience our wonderful bullmastiffs.  We were blessed with a litter from our girl (Gracie-Licassa's Princess Grace) who was sent to us from England from our good friends Chris and Jan Quantril.  We kept Ol West Princess Carolyn from the litter who we plan on showing this upcoming year!  It will be so nice to be back in the bullmastiff dog show ring!  What a stunning girl we have to show! 

All of these activities and Morgan started 7th grade.  Morgan is still ice skating, playing tennis, riding horses, and playing her clarinet.  Last week, she started with an oboe and seems to enjoy it!  We are indeed keeping busy on the farm and looking forward to our baby Cashmere goat kids and Kiko goat kids due beginning the end of September!  What a way to end this wonderful year. 

We have been so blessed at Ol West Farms!  Please come visit us when you get the chance and see our wonderful animals, fibers, rovings, hats, and scarfs!  Visit our farm store to see what incredible creations we have waiting for you!
Thanks for being part of our wonderful family and farm!
Barbara Brooks-Worrell 



Information on Cashmere Goats, Kiko Goats, Shetland Sheep, angora and dutch bunnies

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 3:48 PM Comments comments (47)
If you are looking for information on our animals or general information on Cashmere or kiko goats, shetland sheep, Dutch rabbits or Angora rabbits, please don't hesitate to contact us.  I really enjoy talking about the animals and assisting people. It is wonderful to speak to people who are doing their "homework" prior to obtaining animals to make sure they have the correct housing/food/time/etc. needed for care of the animals.  Also, it is not always easy to breed quality/healthy animals.  Please feel free to contact us.  No question is not worth asking!!!  If I don't know the answer, I will try to help you locate someone who has the answer!

Welcome message

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (59)
Welcome to our family farm and farm store!

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