Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My Lil' Poop

Breeding animals often brings surprises, disappointments, sometimes the "what the heck?", and of course the stress. I am a small hobby farmer, I am not some big time sheep breeder looking to create the "perfect" model of a sheep. I am also a teacher and therefore I am always looking to bring out a student's strength, looking for the qualities that makes him or her unique, something that they can share to help/benefit others, and for them to be proud of what who they are. I carry this belief right on too the farm.

My sheep do not have number, they have names. I look for all the postives that my sheep bring to the farm. I do not have a strong rationale on culling any sheep or goats at my place. They are part of my little farm family plain and simple. I greet each of them every morning and every morning, my Lil' Poop comes a running, usually the loudest, for his grain. This is my Lil' Poop.............

.........he is the smallest Shetland I have. Busting out at almost 40 lbs on a good day, smooth poll as one can get, as single coated as single coated gets, he is the most loveable little guy and cracks me up with his silly antics. He is of course, a wether and I would never, ever give him up because he has so much to offer and teach people about the "little things" in life that matter.......being hugged daily, knowing that size doesn't matter when it comes to love, and giving a good head butt to anyone who gets in the way of his food ( that would be Dixie) and knowing when to show off cool things like....................

.......his very crimpy fleece!!!!

Now seriously, how awesome is this crimp? I am not a devoted single coated sheep person as I hate the way it collects every piece of debris but I just can't help loving the way it crimps! So while my Lil' Poop maybe little, I think his fleece packs a pretty big punch and I am so happy to have him and call him my own;)

7 comments:

Michelle said...

I find that ALL fleece types collect a lot of trash, at least the way I have to manage them here; hence the sheep suits!

Michelle said...

Oh, and I meant to add, that fleece is indeed beeUteeful!

Voni said...

As Michelle has said; he is beeUteeful!!

Kara said...

Good things comes in small packages!

Barb said...

He looks like a sweetie. All my flock members have names, too. People will ask me how the heck I know the difference between my chickens! Well, if you know them well enough, it's not hard. :o)

Tammy said...

Isn't it lovely to always have a 'lil' poop' come running? :-) I have three or four right now and it's hard to get away from them in the morning. They so love their morning attention. Of course they aren't all perfect examples of little sheep, but some do have their place in my hobby farm breeding program (others are just free loaders! ;-). We don't all aspire to be big time breeders but we can enjoy our efforts in breeding towards definable goals. You are doing great Kristi. Enjoy your little sheep (and goats and minis)!
Tammy

Teri said...

Kristi he is so adorable! This is just the reason why I cannot decide between goats or sheep as my first four-legged, non-feathered livestock!