New Sheep!

We decided to add a few new sheep to our flock. It might now have been the smartest decision because of the drought but they were so nice I couldn’t help myself! We purchased two rams, four ewe lambs and two adult ewes.

A big thank you to Garrett Ramsay for transporting several of the sheep from Indiana to Wisconsin.

The first ram we purchased is a ram I’ve been coveting since I met him last winter. Sheltering Pines Bug is a 3 year old moorit , smirslet, sokket ram. Bug has a perfect Shetland tail, he is VERY square, and is a good size for a Shetland. His current micron data is 26.2 AFD/4.8 SD/18.2 CV/7.9 CEM/83.7 CF/24.9 SF . Bug is scurred, and he can produce smooth polled lambs when breed to a poll carrier ewe.

(Polled-no horns. Scurred- heterozygous for polled and horned, can have very small, or funny shaped horns. )

I am very excited to see the lambs he will throw for me!

The other ram we purchased is Under the Son Gabardine. He is a yearling.  Gab’s parents are UnderTheSon Torvus AI/ UnderTheSon Galerina. He is a Shaela/Emsket Smirset. Shaela is a dark gray color that is rare. Gab’s DOB is 3/9/2011, He is a F2 Orion.  His micron data is:  AFD 23.1, SD 5.7, CV 24.6, CEM 10.8, CF 89.1.  Has been shown before and was good on the halter when we picked him up.

I’ve read and heard a lot of horror stories about putting rams together that don’t know each other. Joel and I were prepared for the worst. We followed what other people told us to do, we made a very small pen, and we put a large water tank in the middle so that neither of them could get up any speed to head butt each other. We put them in the pen around 9PM and there was a little bit of head butting, but nothing major at all. They both seemed much more interested in eating the grass in the pen than harming each other. We checked on them a few times during the night and they were fine. Not sure if it is to hot for them to want to hurt each other, or if they are just that even keeled, but I’m grateful. I fed them some hay this morning and I put it in two piles so they would not have to fight over it and they ate from the same pile.

The two ewes we purchased are Under the Son Prairie Wind and Lil Country Acres Bailey.

Bailey has heavily polled genetics and I am excited to see what she will produce with Bug.

Bailey is a fawn katmoget. She has a very friendly and calm personality and she has already come up to me and eaten hay out of my hand. Temperament is a very heritable trait so I’ve very excited to see what her future lambs are like. Working with friendly easy going sheep is just so much easier than working with nervous and shy sheep. Bailey’s 2012 Micron results: 28.0 AFD/5.3 SD/18.7 CV/9.2 CEM/68.4 CF/26.8 SF

Prairie Wind was born in 2006. She is moorit and iset. She is large for a Shetland ewe.

And here are the ewe lambs.

Here is OK Acres Tina. She is moorit(one of my favorite colors.)She is very friendly. Bug is her sire, and Kimberwood Dot is her dame. Her fleece is very crimpy. Her body is nice and square, and she has 3 UK sires ( Greyling, Dillon, and Holly) in her pedigree.

The other three ewe lambs don’t have names yet. They are all from Under the Son Farm. Theresa’s theme this year is islands, so the names we pick for them must be names of islands. After some searching on Wikipedia Joel and I have agreed on Senja, Sula and Sonora, but we have not decide who is who yet.

This ewe lamb is from Dakota/Perse. She is off black and maybe modified (shalea ect) but there is no way to tell for sure until she gets a little older. She is square, and level and a bit bigger in size.  She has a longer staple, and her fleece is fine, soft.

This beautiful white ewe lamb is from Paxina/Pegasus. She is very square, level, and has a longer staple. Her fleece is fine, and very soft.

This ewe lamb is from Clarion/C. Pegasus. She is off black and has white markings on her head, tail and legs.  She is square, level, and refined.  Her fleece is crimpy, fine, and soft.

So what do all these micron numbers mean? Garrett Ramsay has written up some great info on his website, http://www.ramsay-farms.com/understandingmicrons.htm

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11 responses to “New Sheep!

  1. I love them! I can’t wait to meet your new sheep! I’m in Boise now, home of the second home of the Basques? Anyway, I guess Basques were sheep herders and from northern Spain (and a little of France). So… maybe we have Basque blood and thats why we love sheep?

  2. Just found your site. Love it and all the detail you GOP into about the sheep.

  3. Wow, Erica, you got some NICE sheep! I’m jealous because it is much more difficult to get fine-fleece polled stock out here on the west coast. Garrett has brought me some for which I am very thankful.

    • Thank you, Michelle! If I remember correctly you are in Washington or Oregon? My sister lives in Portland and depending on how far away you are from her perhaps I could perhaps transport to you someday too. No promises! But I have considered driving out there for a variety of reasons, although I don’t have plans to do so in the future. If I ever do, I will let you know:)

      • Yes, I am in Oregon only an hour or so from Portland, so please do keep me in mind if ever you decide to drive this direction!

      • I will! I think there is a fiber fest coming up in September? I probably won’t go this year, but do want to go some day! There is also some pigs I am interested in and the breed seems to have a lot of breeders in OR. SO, when I start plotting one of those crazy trips like Garrett takes I will let you know. Do you have sheep for sale right now? I tried to find a for sale page on your blog but did not see one. I really can’t buy any more sheep this year, but I have to say I love looking at what everyone has! Are you focusing on polled as well?

      • We have two big fiber festivals here — Black Sheep Gathering in June (Eugene) and Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in September (Canby). Both are great. I don’t have a sales page, but I do have some sheep for sale. Four are fiber pets (three wethers and a non-breeding ewe), but one is a very nice musket gulmoget yearling (Bonny). She’s by my smooth-polled ram Blake out of a homebred ewe whose sire was a half-poll, so is likely a half- or full-poll herself. Yes, I am focusing on fine-fleeced polled Shetlands with all the other characteristics that make a Shetland of good breed type. You can look up photos of Bonny and her sire Blake on my blog by typing their names in the search window in the upper left corner. I have micron test results for them as well.

      • Which is your favorite? I think if I am thinking of transporting September would be the time to go. That gul sounds lovely. If I thought I would get out there this September I would be interested in her. It will be awesome to see what you get next year and maybe, if the stars align we can trade some lambs! I have Kelly Bartles ram Sheltering Pines Bug this year and will be getting Garrett’s WhitePines(I think) Levi in a few weeks. Levi is smooth poll, Bug is scurred. I am VERY excited to see what they produce.

      • They are both great, but BSG is a three-day event so more time to shop and visit. I would think June would give you cooler weather to drive….

        If I don’t sell at least of what I currently have available, I won’t breed this fall. I only have facilities for a very small flock, so have to watch my total numbers. I have THREE rams, but each has some wonderful attributes I don’t want to give up.

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