Harvest Thyme Homestead has grown out of a love for the simpler times of life. Its roots begin in a belief in one's self and that in time, the harvest of one's hard work will create a place called home.....with a few sheep, goats, chickens, cats, dogs, 2 miniature horses, & 3 alpacas added in for good company & fiber.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Last year at this time my lambs were just starting to be born. This year my lambs are reaching the 2 month old status and month & a half status. Decisions need to be made about who should be sold, who is staying, & who might possibly need to be wethered. All of the lambs this year are friendly and are developing such wonderful personalities. Horns are either smooth, button scurred, a few inchers out there, and the longest scurs are on 2 of the spotted boys.
The other day I let the lambs roam around in my neighbor's field. My neighbor planted a hay field and has yet to cut it. So he said he didn't mind if the lambs graze in there. They enjoy it :) They hang close to the fence line and edge of the field and actually don't wander into the field.
This butt and tail shot of the spotted boys gives a nice view of tail development.......any opinions? Gee, it also shows that these little guys are eating quite well.......oh, the political correct terminology would be to say they are "husky".
This year I got all the spotted kind of rams I would have died to buy, I use to stalk breeders to see spots like this and now I am stalking myself because I can NOT keep all of them and its driving me crazy. But here is my rational. I love this ram lamb pictured above & below. And above all he has little button scurs at 2 months of age..............(doesn't he have the cutest set of lips:)
........he is filling out very nicely also. His markings are awesome, fleece is really turning out nice too. BUT........oh gosh, I hate to say this.........but I am going to sell him. There I said it. Sell him. Sell him. I will sell him. He will be registered. I just sent in Jammer's paper work and as soon as I get it back, I will send his paper work in. His dam Windswept Spirit is already registered.
He is priced at $350. I think that is a very fair price for what he was to offer. I have not really seen smooth or button scurred spotted rams out there so this ram lamb I think could really benefit a person wanting to work with polled, spotted sheep.
Now the reason I am selling him is because I would be a total idiot to sell this guy. I have rationalized this over and over again and talked myself in and out of this BUT I CAN NOT SELL HIM!! There I said it. He is out of my favorite kat ewe Abigail, his sire is Jammer, (who I love to death even though I had to wether him , another reason why I should keep him), and his dam's sire was Yankee, the mioget ram, who I lost this past year. Samuel, my only fully horned Shetland ram, is the only ram Yankee produced and since I am working towards polled line, I feel keeping this ram lamb will keep some of the size I want to work on with the polled Shetlands. I was only able to use Windswept Yankee in one breeding and his lines were very nice. This little guy is the largest ram lamb born this year, he has the most exquisite fleece, the straightest top line, he is just solid all-around, and he has the most unique markings of all my sheep and even though he has long scurs, I think it is worth it to keep him. Okay, that is my rational.......oh, and he told me he loves me:) LOL
This year my theme for lamb names will be following my favorite place to visit.......Vermont.
All the lambs that will be staying at Harvest Thyme will be named after my favorite places to visit in Vermont (or places I would like to visit one day:)
I have a few pending names I am deciding on.............
This is why selling lambs is so hard......when they curl up right by your feet as you are petting and loving on them.......the one on the right is a black gullie girl who is staying bty. The other is a ram lamb......notice those little bity scurs at a month & half.
Gee, since tomorrow is Father's Day, perhaps I should give Jammer & Jed a peppermint treat:)