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Calf born during tour at Watson Farm

May 12, 2011

Watson Farm calf
Photo courtesy Kristy Leicht.

More than 1,100 people attended the annual Sheep Shearing Day at Watson Farm in Jamestown, Rhode Island, on May 7, a beautiful sunny day. As Farm Manager Don Minto led sixty visitors on a farm tour, one of the Red Devon cows went into labor and produced a healthy heifer calf. Everyone was delighted to watch it take its first steps to its mother.

Also at the event, the Rhode Island Spinners Guild presented a “Fleece to Shawl” demonstration in which both the warp and weft were hand-spun yarns from Watson Farm sheep that were shorn last year. Spinners made the pale gray weft yarn at the farm, then used it to weave a shawl in an eight-harness basket weave throughout the day.

Calf born during tour at Watson Farm