And then there is the Sweet Annie.......oh, yes, I have LOTS of it thanks to my Mom planting one little plant a few years ago. It just reseeds itself over and over again and I pull it out more and more each year. But it does have a few natural, benefical features.
Once the plant dries, the seeds can be used as a natural deworm for sheep and goats. I have a couple of friends that swear by it and the fiber artist that I have been taking classes with was thrilled to hear that I had lots of it. She took a few large bunches to use as a dewormer for her alpacas. The animals have to get use to the smell and taste of it but they get over it pretty quickly when they know their grain is mixed in it. The small bunches I have pictured above sell for $3-4.00 at craft shows. Another friend of mine uses it as a carpet freshner also.
(Tammy if you are reading I promise to send you some this year:)
Today I got a good picture of Spirit's family(minus Fletcher, her moorit,yuglet flecket ram lamb). Sheltering Pines Spirit is pictured in the back left corner then there is PITA, her half-polled ram lamb from this year and Sweet Annie next to PITA, her ewe lamb from last year.
Yep, she does produce those spots!! Behind Annie is Autumn, a moorit ewe who carries the modified and polled gene (she is a Jed. daughter). PITA is for sale if interested ;) He is a very nice size ram lamb with a great tail and soft fleece......he is well-fed too as one can see from the picture!