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