Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Huggable and Loveable

This past weekend the weather here in Ohio was just wonderful and the sheep were enjoying it and some were being "frisky". Someone forgot to pull tight on the gate to close it and some woolly bodies snuck their big selves out into the yard.

Ethan was found sampling some plants. I forget how big they are when they are out of their "gated community". I am not sure how much they actually weigh under all that wool, but I am thinking a good 150 lbs might be in the ballpark.

Ira on the left and Ethan on the right are 3 years old now and are named after The Green Mountain Boys of Vermont (Ethan and Ira Allan). They are truly the most loveable, huggable, silly wethers. Everyday I get a woolly Cotswold hug from them. Cotswolds were the first sheep I got and I could not image ever not having them on the little homestead.

Essex, the 8 month old white Cotswold ewe lamb, was not doing well about 2 weeks ago but with a lot of loving and babying she is doing much better and even had a little head rubbing with Dixie this past weekend.

Little Miss Addison is a Cotswold/Shetland cross. Jedidiah is her sire and she has the gully tear drops. Although she is almost the same age as Essex, she is much smaller like the Shetlands but is incredibly soft like Jed though has that long Cotswold fleece. She was not a planned breeding but I am so happy to have her!!! And she gives Cotswolds hugs too!

Seriously, everyone should have a long wool sheep to hug........esp. if its a rare breed like the Cotswolds........not that I am partial or anything:)

P.S. I was the someone who forgot to pull the gate shut:)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Goat Wreathes 101

First observe the new Christmas wreath on the shelter.
Create an audience so they they may take notes on how to correctly sample the new wreath. Sheep are not audience worthy as they can not stretch and stand as we do.
Note: using an upside down bucket left by the wreath hanger may assist in this process.
Nigerians may be at a disadvantage as they are one of those "dwarf" breeders and therefore do not have the stretching compacity as real milk breeding goats like us LaManchas have. Nigerians would best be advised to use the bucket assistance as mentioned above.
LaManchas under the age of one year may also need the bucket assistance program.

Younger LaManchas may also want to consider the "jump at the object" method also.

If you have any questions about "Goat Wreathes 101" please drop me, "Mooshie" an email.
Please don't ask about the ear thing..........its getting to be an old question:)
Happy Holiday to Everyone!!!!!