Lambing Records – preliminary sales list

Records for 2017 lambing. Photos of lambs at facebook.com/emancipationacres

This page may function as a preliminary sales/potential sales page. Lambs will not be officially for sale till they pass their two month evaluations. Sale lambs can go to new homes at weaning.

Evaluations are based on general and breed specific confirmation, wool quality (length, density, crimp) and potential of the animal as a breeder that fulfills or exceeds the standard for a traditional 1927 style Shetland sheep.

We try to honestly and transparently offer strengths and critiques of any animal we sell as a breeder. Rams that do not meet our standards are processed for meat in the fall. If a lamb is labeled not for sale they are either being retained, sold, or will be processed for meat. We do not sell discount rams and strive to only sell rams that will benifit the breed.

Deposits can be taken at any time. If your sheep doesn’t pass evaluations your deposit can be transferred to another sheep, or refunded. Deposits are otherwise non-refundable. A deposit holds your lamb until they are weaned. Deposits are $50 per animal.
Emancipation Bruce’s group

Red Oak Freya

Moorit gulmoget ram lamb- Outlaw Pete will be horned- will be for sale if passes evaluations copper tag 213

Black gulmoget ewe with krunet-Wendy currently being retained copper tag 212

River Oak Gillian- 4/10/17 moorit gulmoget ewe- Rosalita- currently being retained copper tag 261

River Oak Minnie- 4/6/17

ram- solid black – Nils Lofgren – copper tag 289 – will be for sale if passes evaluations

ram- gulmoget flecket, krunet, – Danny Federici – copper tag 290- possibly being retained

Lil Country Crow– 4/6/17

ram – Night – black spotted copper ear tag- 288 – possibly being retained

ewe- Magic black, flecket, yuglet, copper ear tag 287- being retained

Lil Country Bailey– 4/7/17- gulmoget ewe lamb- Mary – copper tag 260- being retained

ram- solid black- Cadilliac- copper tag 259- will be for sale if passes evaluations

OK Acres Sierra

Black yuglet ram- Hungry Heart – copper tag 217 – will be for sale if passes evaluations

Gulmoget ram- possibly horned- Jungleland- copper tag 215- will be for sale if passes evaluations

Emancipation Jezebel– 4/3/17- ram, gulkat, 257 *not for sale

Emancipation Beatrice–  4/7/17

gulmoget ram krunet- Johnny 99- copper tag 206 * not for sale

black ewe lamb Kitty- copper tag 207- for sale if passes evaluations

Emancipation Cleo– gulmoget krunet ram lamb- will have large scurs or horns. Copper tag – 24 Will be for sale if he passes evaluations.

Emancipation Echo3/20/17gulmoget ram lamb, krunet -Clarence -copper ear tag- 234- currently being retained for evaluation

Emancipation Mindy– .

White ewe Nebraska copper tag 272

Mystery colored  Ram Philadelphia copper tag 271- will be for sale if he passes evaluations.

Emancipation Prija- 4/8/17 – ram gulmoget, krunet – Van Zandt copper tag 210- currently being retained

Kestral- 4/7/17- 

ram- gulmoget- Jake Clemmons copper tag 248- will be for sale if passes evaluations

ram moorit with a moonspot- Garry Tallent copper tag 247- for sale if passes evaluations

Emancipation Yesfir- 3/26/17 – gulkat ewe lamb, -Sherry Darling copper ear tag- 292- currently being retained for evaluation

YESFIR FOR SALE after lamb is weaned $250

Emancipation Olive- 4/3/17- ram – DARK gray katmoget – Mighty Max – being retained for evaluation

Emancipation Manja- 4/7/17 moorit gulmoget ram- copper tag 209

Emancipation Lavender- moorit spotted ewe lamb-Jessica Rae-238- for sale 

Emancipation Valerian

4/7/17- ram lamb, moorit spotted- for sale if passes evaluations- Asbury

OK Acres Einstein’s group

Sheltering Pines Temperance

solid black ram likely scurs copper tag 239- for sale if passes evaluations


Emancipation Katniss – 4/2/17 

ram lamb- solid moorit – Cinna – will be for sale if passes evaluations

ewe lamb – moorit, krunet- Effie

Emancipation Serenity- solid moorit, possibly modified, ewe lamb – Brene

Under the Son Senja- Black krunet ewe 214- for sale

Oseola – ram solid moorit – Walter – will be for sale if passes evaluations 211

Ram moorit yuglet – Donnie will be for sale if passes evaluations 237

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Sheep and Goats for Sale

Both lists will be added to as lambs and kids are born 

Goats-https://emancipationacres.wordpress.com/2016-sale-list-goats

Sheep-https://emancipationacres.wordpress.com/2016-sale-list-sheep

Breeding Groups 2017

Lambs are anticipated end of March through mid-April.

Emancipation Bruce

Anyone that knows me knows my deep and enduring love for Bruce Springsteen. I knew I wanted a sheep named Bruce but didn’t want to waste the name on just any old ram, so I was very selective on who finally got named Bruce. In my humble opinion, Bruce is the best sheep we’ve ever bred. He was Reserve Champion at 2015 Wisconsin Sheep and Wool and Reserve Champion Ram in 2016. He was a very correct structure and confirmation, fine, crimpy wool, and a very calm, easy to handle temperament without being pushy. He is a black gulmoget with a krunet (head spot) who carries moorit. A flock goal is to continue to breed for fine gulmogets, and hopefully get some more spotted and moorit gulmogets as well. Bruce has exhibited excellent parasite resistance. All of Bruce’s group will be named either after Springsteen songs, bandmembers, ect.

Red Oak Freya– black gulmoget, she was bred to Bruce two years ago and produced a very fine black, so we are trying again this year for a gulmoget

Red Oak Gillian– moorit gulmoget who is very fine around the neck and shoulders but does drop off a bit at the britch. I am hoping for gulmogets with improved fleece.

Red Oak Minnie-moorit gulmoget with fine wool and a beautiful personality, very friendly and sweet, one of my favorite ewes

Libbey– Somewhat double coated, will be very interesting to see how Bruce improves her wool. Very friendly and sweet.  Libbey will be for sale after she weans her lambs.

Lil Country Crow– Crow has the best parasite resistance of any ewe we have, she always has an excellent body condition score and a 4 or 5 on the FAMANCHA score. She always singles, but they are vigorous. I would consider keeping a ram out of her. She is feral as all get out, but I am always impressed with her lambs.

Rambling Cherish– moorit gulmoget, hoping for more gulmogets.

Lil Country Bailey– My sweetie, lovely personality, always twins, carries moorit. I’ve kept most the ewes she has produced for me and kept both her twin ewes from two years ago.

OK Acres Sierra– This ewe produced some of the finest fleeced ewe lambs last breeding season that I have ever had on our farm. I’m very excited to see how things go with Bruce!

Emancipation Jezebel– Yearling ewe with great confirmation whose crimp came in late. So glad I didn’t sell her! Hoping for a gulkat. She is a favorite of mine.

Emancipation Beatrice– moorit ewe, I have a lot related to her so she is for sale after weaning her lambs

Lil Country Bee Sting– excellent confirmation and fleece, I loved this ewe when she lived with Kelly and jumped at the chance to purchase her.

Emancipation Cleo– The first ewe I kept out of Bailey. These will be her first lambs. Sheltering Pines Bug daughter. Has placed at Jefferson. My sweetest, friendliest ewe.

Emancipation Echo-spotted katmoget, yearling ewe

Emancipation Mindy– Sheltering Pines Bug daughter (Bruce is a Sheltering Pines Bug son) I am doing a few half sibling to half sibling in-breedings this  year. They say one of the quickest ways to improve a flock is by concentrating good qualities through inbreeding. Let the great experiment begin! Mindy is a white ewe, and since I just purchased a white ram, she is for sale after she weans her lambs.

Emancipation Prija- The last Bug daughter going to Bruce, a huge improvement on her mother, lovely wool, great confirmation, another one of my favorites

Under the Son Senja- great structure, and amazing density (maybe the best in the flock) needs improvement in fineness, which hopefully Bruce can do

Kestral- moorit yearling ewe, first breeding

Yesfir- katmoget yearling ewe, first breeding

OK Acres Tina- one more Bug daughter for good measure

Ewe’s Have it Jael- katmoget

Emancipation Olive- katmoget, nice wool, and confirmation, I have a lot related to her so she is for sale

Emancipation Manja- moorit – nice wool and confirmation, but I have a lot related to her so she is for sale

Emancipation Lavender- spotted moorit, on the smaller side, with very fine wool, for sale

Emancipation Valerian – spotted moorit, on the smaller side, with very fine wool, for sale

 

 Emancipation Washburne

It feels really great to be using two rams we bred ourselves this year. I am very proud of Wash. He is a Bug grandson, and you can tell by looking at him. Bug has had a huge influence on our flock and I feel so lucky to have a mini-Bug to continue to use. At the 2016 Wisconsin Sheep and Wool festival Washburne was fourth place out of a very large yearling ram class. His legs are likely the most confirmationally correct in our entire flock. He is moorit, spotted and his group is made out of a: 1. sheep I think can produce wildly spotted and flashy offspring with Wash 2: sheep I would like to see some leg improvements on. Washburne also has very good parasite resistance, with consistently good BCS and FAMANCHA scores.

Emancipation Inara– Inara was one of the very first ewe lambs born on our property. I kept her daughter Serenity. She always singles, and my preference is for ewes that twin. If I keep a ewe that always singles she has to produce really well to make up for it, and Inara does. I am hoping Wash will pass his stellar legs onto their offspring(she is just the slightest bit hocky)

Emancipation Raven– Out of Crow, black and very flashy (spotted), excellent parasite resistance like her mom, with great BCS and FAMANCHA scores.

Emancipation Ava– Out of Bailey, her twin is with Einstein and mom is with Bruce, katmoget, Ava is for sale, but if she doesn’t sell I will happily keep her

Emancipation Gretel– My last ewe lamb out of Sommerang Comfrey, moorit and very flashy (spotted), nice wool, would like a bit of improvement in the leg confirmation

Ewes Have it Pearl Drop– Her original breeder requested she be placed in Wash’s group and who am I to deny her request? Katmoget

Sheltering Pines Lotus– lovely fleece, white ewe, good confirmation

Under the Sun Sula- black and spotted, usually twins, has very solid confirmation but hoping for fleece fineness improvement in the lambs

Krazy K Wilma– sweet temperment, but not as fine of fleece as I would like, it will be interesting to see how Wash can improve on it.

Emancipation Primrose-
Bruce’s daughter from 2 years ago. Has lovely fleece like her daddy, and my favorite marking, yuglet

Krazy K Kit Kat– moorit, sweet as pie

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OK Acres Einstein’s group

Einstein is a modified (fawn) ram from one of my favorite flocks, with good confirmation and nice crimpy wool with a good staple length. Diversity of color in our flock, without compromising on fleece quality and confirmation is a goal of ours and Einstein’s group is filled with sheep that have produced modified offspring or are out of modified parents.

Sheltering Pines Temperance– a Salicional daughter that has produced a very nice shaela ram in the past. I’ve bred her a few years and always ended up selling her offspring because I have a lot of black ewes already and I keep hoping she will produce a shaela ewe worth keeping. Heres to hoping! She will be for sale after lambing because I am focusing more on katmogets and gulmogets.

Emancipation Katniss– Katniss was one of the first sheep born on our farm, her father, Thor, was shaela/emsket and she is moorit. We kept her daughter, Primrose, and her son was just sold to another Wisconsin flock. I am always happy with what she produces, hoping for fawns or shaelas.

Emancipation Serenity– Serenity is out of Emancipation Inara who was from Katniss’ cohort and who I still also own. I was thrilled when I sheared Serenity this year to realize she was modified.

Under the Sun Senja– Good structure and excellent density and staple length, possibly shaela herself

Dawn– Dawn is my girl. This may be her last breeding, so I am hoping for a keeper ewe.

Oseola– Out of another favorite, Lil Country Bailey, her mom and twin are in other breeding groups. I really like this line and its going to be very interesting to see the similarities and differences in the three breedings (mother, sister, sister).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joyful Kids, Happy Sheep

Our first two doe kids, enjoying playing with the sheep.

Saffron

The more time I spend around animals the more I feel like I ultimately learn about myself. We want to use opposable thumbs and verbal language to draw dividing lines between us and them, but lines in the sand always get blurry after the tide.

I have a goat named Saffron, she is an Alpine/Nigerian Dwarf cross, small, lithe and beautiful. Groups of goats have a herd queen, an individual that makes the decisions for the others: when to eat, when to sleep, when to move on. Saffron’s royal duties have lead her into climbing the highest, and taking the biggest risks. She rules with an iron hoof.

Last autumn , as the leaves fell, the grass shriveled and the hay feeders were brought out, Saffron decided she wasn’t going to eat with the plebeians. She was going to eat inside the feeder, where she could shit on everyone else’s food. The feeder is about a foot wide, and she would glide inside it like a dove, landing softly and gracefully. A few lambs occasionally tried to emulate her but could never jump high enough, and always bounced off the sides of the feeder, dejected.

One morning we found Saffron limping around the inside pen. She had jumped out of the hay feeder incorrectly, caught her leg, and broken her third and fourth metatarsal bones cleanly and completely. When we caught her and I ran my hands delicately down her leg she screamed as I realized the only thing holding her lower leg together was muscle and skin. The vet splinted the bone later that day and advised Saffron be kept in a very small area to heal.

She did heal, and she came out of her confinement slightly unsteady, biding her time until she had the strength to take back what was hers.

And take it back she did. During the growing season Saffron would sneak under the fence with her suitors. I’d hold the door open for her to come back in to the proper pen and she would give me a contemptuous smirk. The queen does what she wants.

Now its winter again, and Saffron is back to jumping in the feeders. Broken bones, and all the memories of a goat can’t seem to keep her out out of the hay. We put a board across the top of the feeder, and she now jumps up on top of that, balancing on it, to dip her serene neck down to eat.She will balance on three legs, and scratch her neck with her back leg, all the while looking me in the eye and saying without words, “The heart wants, what the heart wants.”

Sometimes she pushes her way down below the board, into the depth of the feeder. She is pregnant, and with the new board she can’t get out on her own. She waits quietly, head held high, till I come by and pull her out, while she squirms and screams at the indignity of needing help from anyone at all. But I am gentle, always. Because I get it. The heart wants what the heart wants.

Fall is here, the last hurrah before the Midwest winter buries us in snow and makes the residents of this frosty land question if continuing to live here is an erosion of our sanity. The crisp air makes everything feel fresh and eager, when in fact the natural world is battening down the hatches, preparing for the winter that not everyone will see the other side of. Fall is a death, and a prep for rebirth. A threat, and a promise.

After my parents got divorced we lived in an apartment, and then we moved to the house on Jonathan Ave, where my youngest sister and my mom still live. My sister was six when we moved. We met Peta a few days after we moved in. She was playing at the park down the street with her uncle Steve. Peta was five.

Peta spent a lot of time at our house. A LOT OF TIME. She went everywhere with us, and I felt like she was my sister. She was tall and blonde, like mom, and when we were out, people thought Peta was her daughter, instead of us. She loved Harry Potter, and animals and was a sweet and gentle girl, not afraid to be quirky, with a quiet, bright smile.

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Easter, 2006

She died last week on Tuesday. The funeral was yesterday.

IMGP2582My sister, Nikita’s wedding

We released balloons into the air and we watched them float out of view, and then we watched a little longer because we didn’t know what else to do. When people stopped saying, “I can still see one.” we just drifted away too.

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I came home and found Calypso’s seven baby piglets she started birthing around the time we were letting balloons go. Dizzy is in the stall next to her with her 8 piglets and Penelope is growing fatter and fatter in the stall next to her waiting for her turn to farrow, which should be any time.

So much death, so much birth.

Life is just to fragile. Be kind to each other.

A New Direction With Chickens

Joel and I have been on the farm five years, and we have practically had chickens for the entire time we’ve been here. Over the first few years we tried Delawares, Buckeyes, Speckled Sussex, New Hampshire Reds, Silver Laced Wyandottes, Buff Orpingtons, Seabrights, Silkies, Cochins, Black Jersey Giants, Dominiques and Chanteclers. We liked different things about different breeds but the breed we were drawn back to time and again was the Delawares.

Using the check lists established by The Livestock Conservatory ( http://www.livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/chicken-manual) we selected our Delawares over the past years for meat and egg laying qualities. Over time we decided to keep only Delawares and Silkies.

Two months ago a fox visited the farm in the middle of the day and brazenly killed almost our entire flock. It was heartbreaking to lose all the work we had put into the breeding a line of Delawares to be effective meat and egg producers as well as profoundly upsetting to lose so many gentle friends in a single day.

Since then Joel and I have been trying to decide how to move forward. Re-establishing our line would be difficult if not impossible. Buying new chicks was a possibility but quality of chicks can vary so we might not get the greatest specimens. Buying older birds from other farms was a possibility but bio-security is an issue.

After mulling it over for a while we decided to go in a somewhat different direction. When we had initially started raising chickens we were incubating chicks each spring. We enjoyed this, but it never came together or was as lucrative as we may have hoped. In part, this was due to our inability to sex chicks at hatch like the big hatcheries do. Sexing chicks is difficult and employees that work for the hatchery sexing chicks are trained to do so. Many farmers wanted only pullets (young females), and did not want to deal with the hassle of using excess males for meat production.

Although we loved our Delawares, and we still believe the breed is a great one we placed an order for the following birds which arrived this morning three weeks ago and are being cared for by our silkie, Michelle. Michelle went broody a few weeks before the chicks came in the mail. We put ping pong balls under her so she would keep sitting. The chicks came early in the morning and we snuck them under her. She immediately started making happy mother hen noises.

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6 Barred Rock pullets

6 Cuckoo Maran pullets

6 White Rock pullets

14 Delaware straight run

10 New Hampshire Red cockerels

10 Buckeye cockerels

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Red cocks can be mated to white hens and the offspring are white if they are male and brown if they are female. Red cocks can also be bred to barred females and the offspring can be told apart by spotting on their head. Being able to tell which chickens are female and which are male from the get go will be helpful.

http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/what-breed-is-it-understanding-sex-link-chickens/

http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/what-breed-is-it-understanding-sex-link-chickens/

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We also had a Delaware go broody so we ordered some silkies and Naked Necks for her. The Naked Necks are supposedly good dual purpose birds although I find them a little bit ugly. Joel says they will grow on me and they probably will.

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And now you know why they are called NAKED NECK.