Saturday, June 13, 2009

So Many Things Going on.........

School officially ended on June 11th and summer vacation officially started on June 12th.
I am attempting to not drive myself crazy with everything I want to do. So I thought today I would take it easy and head into town to do some shopping early this morning. Let's see I went to the feed store, then Tractor Supply, then Walmart (got good deals there:), then to Sears, Petsmart for the cats, and last but not, Bath-n-Body for their semi-annual sale. Okay this is my second trip there but they finally got in the Lemongrass Sage shower gel and I really, really love that classic fragrance. I did a lot of damage there but got really good savings & my sisters b-day is next month so I bought her some stuff too.
Sunday is Flag Day so my flag will hang in honor of that on my big barn. It is so disappointing to know that more people do not honor our flag and show more patriotism on special days like this.

I snapped this picture of Dixie a last week when she was attempting to bury her nasty bone in the garden.......I am thinking no one but her really would want that caked in mud bone.

TJ, my Black Cotswold ram, escaped out behind my back the other day so I let him hang out in the yard to graze on the grass. He is so laid back and really bothers no one including ReRun who could care less either.

When I went into TSC today, I checked out the price on some electric tape & posts. I want to enclose this area for the horses to get out and graze. Of course they were out of tape so I will headed in next week to gather the supplies. I already have a 5 mile charger. I was only going to run one line as it is for my 2 miniature horses and my POA. Everyone I have spoken to has said that will be plenty for them. I only used electric briefly when I had 2 horned rams so this is totally new for me and the horses.

Tree trimming around the house calls for the clean-up crew. Sheep and goats love those maple leaves. This is Windswept Savannah, my mioget ewe, and her lambs. Actually, the third ewe at the back of the pic is her lamb from last year. Ethan and Bennington are the Cotswold wethers also assisting in the clean-up:)

And last but not least are the spotted twin gullie girls! They have gotten so big already! The ewe lamb to the left has a more hair textured fleece while the ewe lamb on the right has a very soft, wavier fleece. I will be retaining one of the girls and am offering one of the ewes for sale. The choice will be the buyer's as to which one to take.
73 days 'till school starts again.................

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Polling the Ram Lambs 2009

Lambing 2009 produced A LOT of ram lambs........thank you Jammer!
However, Jammer & Jedidiah did provide a nice selection of smooth and button scurred rams, a couple have long scurs too but I am working on a month and 2 month evalutions. This is what I have thus far:

This handsome little black guy was born on May 15th and was sired by Jed. His twin sister is a black gullie girl. The twins are the friendliest lambs!! He, at one month, has small button sized scurs and very soft, wavy fleece. What a face!!

And this moorit smirslet ram lamb, also a twin, has extremely small crumble like scurs. Nice confirmation at just about 2 months of age. His dam is a fawn kat ewe and his sire is Jammer. He is heavily bred on Lil'Country Acres lines though his grandfather is a horned mioget ram out of Windswept Farms.

Here is one very smooth polled ram lamb pictured in front!! Nada sign of a scur any where on that handsome head. He is also a twin ram lamb born on April 19th to Lil' Country Acres Polly and sired by Jammer. He is very nice sized lamb with excellent confirmation and a tail to match!
Picture behind him is another moorit ram lamb with small scurs forming. He is the twin to ram lamb pictured above. He is also growing into being a nice sized ram!

Oh, and this little kat ram lamb is the twin to the smooth polled ram pictured above. Smaller in stature but is so making it up in some very nice fleece and looking to be smooth polled as he just has these little crumble scurs at 2 months of age. His dam Polly really has produced some lambs with the nicest fleece in my little flock (does more than 30 sheep still count for "little"?)
Now pictured behind him is black krunet ram lamb with buttonish scurs. He is just about 2 months old and though smaller in size as his dam got bred by mistake at 8 months old, he is looking to have some nice fleece. His grandmother is Lil'Country Acres Polly and grandfather is Lil'Country Acres Jedidiah. Thank you Juliann for such awesome lines!!

This little stinker refused to look at me, probably because Dixie and I chased his little escape artist butt yesterday; however this is what I am going to call a mioget colored ram lamb. Please let me know if you think he is more moorit. His dam is Windswept Savannah Grace, a striking mioget ewe!! His sire is Jammer and his little guy is a twin to a moorit ewe lamb. Born on April 19th, he only has the smallest of button scurs. I think if the picture is biggified one can get a better look. His fleece is extremely tight and is facial features are very striking just like his mom, of course he would have to look at me in order for that pictured to be taken:)

One of the handsome spotted boys sired also by Jammer and who's dam is Sheltering Pines Spirit. I should have posted a picture of his tail because it is so perfect!! His mom's tail is a tad too long so I am very pleased on the improvement Jammer did plus the fleece is single coated and very soft! He does have small, about 1/2 inch scurs. I am very pleased with his confirmation and size. If all works out with the scurs I will be offering him for sale. I would like to ask $300 for him.

This is my inspiration for lambing 2009........a smooth polled, spotted ram! Well his brother (pictured above) may have 1/2 inch scurs, but he only has crumbles at 2 months of age!!! I would love to have a line of spotted, yuglet marked, smooth polled rams...............

.......perhaps this is the first step in that direction???!!!!
So there you have it.......a collection of my ram lambs for 2009!!
In a few weeks I will have to make the decisions on who should remain a ram and who should be wethered. I will be asking only $100 for all of the moorit (mioget also) and black ram lambs as I just have so many of them. And if they do grow into nice flock sires for someone wanting to dabble in polled lines, I just would rather see them go to someone at an affordable price and can appreciate what polled Shetlands have to offer. The kat ram lamb I would like to ask $150 for if anyone is interested.
I would love to hear from anyone who is reading as I appreciate sheep feedback. As a relative newbie to sheep, Shetlands in particular, I am pretty excited about this years lambing, though a few more girls would have been nice!!!