Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A New "Ewe" !!

My first farm animals were 3 Nigerian Dwarf goats. Then I got a couple more and then I decided to add sheep.......but I was torn on what breed. I was very drawn to the longwool breeds and their fascinating history, not to mention they were listed as a rare breed.
I decided on the Cotswolds, the Black Cotswolds in particular. It was a good idea but trying to find someone who had them and who was willing to part with them was another. I was lucky to find a breeder in southern Ohio and obtained a ewe and a wether. Then I added a Black Cotswold ram from Maryland. Finding another ewe was a struggle. So, I got frustrated and decided to get Shetlands as my quest to build a flock of Cotswolds was looking grim.

Martha, my ewe, was producing boys which became wethers, like Ethan pictured can one not love the dreadlock look??? I lost her first ewe lamb last year after only 2 days. I was totally devasted. So this year when she had a ewe lamb, though a Shetland/Cotswold cross I was so excited. Regardless that it is a cross, she can be bred to TJ, my ram.

Pictured above is TJ........I love him to death! He is just wonderful but he really needs more girlfriends. So I have been on a quest the last month. I had contacted Robin at Nistock Farms in New York about 2 years ago and she had no black ewe lambs. Last year I had my hands full with Shetland lambs so I just thought I would wait. But since there is a plan to meet up with Kara in NY, why not see if Robin has a ewe lamb? So I emailed her again. Well, no black ewe lambs again, but she talked to me about getting a white-factored ewe that will produce black lambs 50% of the time when bred to a black ram. Because the gene poll with the Black Cotswolds is so small, and I want white wool for my new love of needle felting anyways, I thought this sounded like a good idea to start with.
So guess what???????????

This is my new ewe lamb!!!!!!!
Oh, I am so excited!! She was born in April and is weighing in at 67 lbs already! Robin has been great to work with and it will be great to meet her and all her Cotswolds next week. Kara is meeting me at Robin's farm to get her 2 lambs from me too........I bet she gets a Cotswold too ;) LOL Just kidding Kara!!!
The ewe's name will be "Nistock Farms Essex Junction"..........I will call her "Essex". Since my lambs are all being named after towns in Vermont, I asked Robin if I could name her and she had no problem with that.
My Dad is driving with me to New York next week.......silly Dad thought we were just going to take lambs to NY. I told him he should know me better than that..........why would I drive 5 hours to NY and not bring something home?????


Kara said...

LOL, I might bring a extra dog carrier just in case and Robin did email be a few pictures because she thought "maybe". Can't wait to meet you and my new lambs!!!! I will have a traveling companion or so with me too. See you soon!

Nancy K. said...

How adorable! I may be venturing into ONE Shetland cross this fall and debated between Cotswold and Coriedale (sp?). I'm going with the Coreidale but I think both breeds are awesome!

kristi said...

That is too funny on how thoughtful Robin was to send you pics! I figure its about a 5 hr drive to Prattsburg (gotta include those restrm. breaks). Weather looks good so that is a plus!

I have heard that Corriedales make a nice cross! You never know until you try!!!