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LAMBS for Sale

I will be adding to this list in the next few days so keep checking back:)

EWE LAMBS

Hazel $300 SOLD

Hazel is a black ewe lamb with a small krunet out of Sheltering Pines Temperance (AFD 22.7 SD 4.8 CV21.0 CEM 8.5 CF 94.6–Temperance has a grade one fleece at four years old and is one of the finest ewes in my flock) and Sheltering Pines Bug (AFD 25.2 SD 5.3 CV 22.1 CEM 9.8 CF 84.4—Bug has a grade two fleece at five years old. Bug has a habit of producing friendly lambs and I love what he produces. I am keeping Hazel’s brother for evaluation. The only reason I am parting with this ewe lamb is that I have enough black in my flock.

Maggie $225 F2 Jamie

Under the Son Sonora(AFD 25.4 SD 5.9 CV 23.1CEM 10.9 CF 81.7 grade 2 fleece as a two year old)  x White Pine Levi (AFD 27.5 SD 5.6 CV 20.3 CEM 10.1 CF 71.8 Grade 2 fleece as a 5 year old. Levi is an F1 Jamie which is a very rare bloodline in this country)

Maggie is a solid black ewe lamb with a small krunet with the most beautiful shaped face, just like her momma. Her teeth are on pad, and her legs are nice and straight. Her fleece will likely be long and wavy.

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Ram Lambs

Riddick – $250

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Riddick is out of one of my most beautiful and friendly ewes, Inara (AFD-25.4, SD 5.3 CV 20.8, CEM 8.9, CF 84.3) and Sheltering Pines Bug (AFD 25.2 SD 5.3 CV 22.1 CEM 9.8 CF 84.4—Bug has a grade two fleece at five years old.)

Inara and Bug both roo very well, and I think this guy will too. He looks like he will have a soft, crimpy fleece. He is fawn katmoget with some wild spots and carries moorit. I considered keeping him, but I already have a katmoget ram. He will have scurs of aberrant horns.

Riddick has LOVELY fleece.

 

Gomer $250 SOLD THANK YOU SHAWN!

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Gomer got his name because when he was born he managed to wedge himself between a lambing jug and the wall. He was almost missed, and surely would have died but his momma was acting crazy and we found him.

Gomer is out of one of my favorite sheep, Sheltering Pines Jadore( AFD 20.9, SD4.6, CV 22.1, CEM 7.7 CF 98.3- Jadore has amazing stats, and has one of the best fleeces in my flock, she still has a grade 1 fleece as a four year old.  She is modified, and so Bug carries modified so Gomer may be modified (only time will tell)and my favorite ram, Sheltering Pines Bug(AFD 25.2 SD 5.3 CV 22.1 CEM 9.8 CF 84.4—Bug has a grade two fleece at five years old.)

Gomer is a solid moorit (possibly modified) with scurs or aberrant horns. I am keeping Gomer’s twin sister, his mother, and his father. I considered keeping Gomer but decided to keep his sister instead.

Dontos- $150

Dontos is a moorit, yuglet. He is out of Lil Country Victoria AFD 25.3, SD 6.5, CV 25.7, CEM 12.2, CF 80.2- grade two fleece as a four year old) and Sheltering Pines Bug (AFD 25.2 SD 5.3 CV 22.1 CEM 9.8 CF 84.4—Bug has a grade two fleece at five years old.)

His crimp is coming in, his legs are slightly turned in at the hock, which he may or may not out grow.

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Yarrow $200

Yarrow is out of Shepardwoods Easter Skerry (AFD 27.1 SD 5.5 CV 20.2 CEM 9.3 CF 74.1 – grade 2 fleece as a 5 year old)and Whispering Pines Jean Luc(AFD 25 SD 5.1, CV 20.3, CEM 8.5 CF 89.1 as a yearling- grade 2 fleece) Both parents have very nice confirmation and they seem to have passed that along to Yarrow. Jean Luc was third place at Jefferson Sheep and Wool out of 15 in the ram lamb class.
I believe Yarrow will have scurs or aberrant horns( which is to say he will not be fully horned, but depending on who he is bred to he could produce horned or polled stock). Yarrow has very nice legs, a lovely, straight back and good confirmation all around. He will likely have a more wavy style fleece.

Yarrow is a fawn katmoget and is likely homozygous katmoget.

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Starling F2 Jamie

Black ram with a krunet out of Little Country Crow (AFD 26.8 SD 6.5 CV 24.3 CEM 12.1 CEM 12.1 CF 71.8) and White Pine Levi(AFD 27.5 SD 5.6 CV 20.3 CEM 10.1 CF 71.8 Grade 2 fleece as a 5 year old. Levi is an F1 Jamie which is a very rare bloodline in this country

Starling is a single and he is a quite the big boy. His crimp is starting to come in

CROSSBREDS – Finn x Shetland

Finn sheep are known for their large numbers of lambs 3-5 typically, and the ability to nurse those lambs. Many meat producers breed in some Finn to get lambing % up. Although these lambs will not be guaranteed to have any certain number of lambs, it is likely they will have 2-3 lambs per lambing as adults. Finn’s also have naturally short tails (for people like me who dislike docking) and are naturally polled (have no horns). The Finn’s are a big bigger than the Shetlands, and thus have more meat.

Frigg- $200

Frigg is a moorit Shetland x Finn out of one of my favorite ewes, Freya. Freya is a lovely Shetland, always gives me twins, and keeps her weight on even when milking. Frigg has a more open and wavy style fleece.

Natasha- $200

Natasha is a Finn ram (Eino) crossed on to our Charollais X, Fiona. Fiona is a BIG girl, and Natasha will be decent sized as well. Natasha is very sweet like her mother, and friendly.

Sandy-$200

Sandy is out of Obara and Eino. Obara is a cross of just about everything. She has a bit of Shetland, some BFL, as well as CVM. She is black with a krunet.

 

I have several Shetland x Finn cross rams for sale for someone wanting a terminal cross that may produce higher numbers of lambs born, with good mothering instincts and mothering abilities.

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Rooing a Sheep (Levi!)

Have you ever wondered how wild sheep lose their wool without humans to shear them? Well, wild sheep naturally shed their wool! This trait has been bred out of almost every domesticated sheep because individual animals lose their wool at different times. Rooing a sheep also takes more time then shearing. As sheep flocks grew people wanted to quickly shear all their sheep at once and the rooing gene was selected against which is to bad because for a small flock trying to make ends meet, rooing is the way to go!

Shetland sheep are considered a primitive or un-improved breed. Sometimes I think this makes people think that  Shetlands are not as good as modern breeds. But I think it means, Shetlands got it right the first time. No need to improve on something that is already pretty great! Although some breeders of Shetlands are selecting against the roo-ing gene many still carry the “primitive” trait.

Here is a picture of some native Shetland Islanders rooing their sheep. Rooing is a natural process and does not hurt the sheep.

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A sheep is ready to be rooed when there is a natural break in the fiber that allows it to be easily pulled off. You can see when a sheep is ready because tuffs of wool will begin to come loose on their bodies. You may also see bits of wool that have been rubbed off around the pen. Without human intervention the sheep would rub the wool off on rocks, trees and other similar surfaces in their environments.

Today while I was feeding the rams I noticed Levi was starting to roo. It was my first time rooing a sheep and I loved it! It took a while but Levi was wagging his tail the whole time. The wool came off with just a light amount of pulling. Because Joel and I were not using shears there was no risk of nicks or cuts. The sheep’s own body decided how much wool to keep on so I didn’t worry about him being to cold. Each sheep cost us about $12 to shear so this method is also a lot cheaper. I know several other sheep we own  roo and I am excited to practice more.

Here are some before and after pictures of Levi.

You can see the wool on his belly is starting to separate on his belly. I also found a few tuffs of it on objects in the pen.

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A few tuffs on his neck, and legs would not come off…but all and all I think he looks pretty good!

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Levi says, “Give me the rest of that cabbage!” The wool on the ground is the stuff with poop tags on it. I didn’t bring enough bags for it!

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Riker and Katniss

Living on the farm has brought me a lot closer to the cycles of birth and death. I get it. You can’t have one with out the other.

Rabbits almost always give birth at night. I’ve find the babies the next morning but never have I seen the actual birthing process. I’ve only seen a rabbit nurse twice. Rabbits keep things on the down low.

The last few days have been interesting. Joel and I bit the bullet and bought a very nice incubator. It is mostly full with orders and working on paying for itself. I’ve seen broody hens hatch a clutch of eggs before but so much happens under the hen that you can’t get a good look at. One day they have eggs and the next day they have chicks. Watching the chicks hatch in the incubator is very different, and very cool. The chicks make the tiniest hole in the shell and from there, they slowly crack it open. After a time they heave the shell away from themselves and lay panting from exertion. They let out a few peep peeps and then fall asleep. At first they are still wet from the fluid of the egg but they dry quickly. When removed from the incubator they lay under the brooder light, basking in the heat and drying their feathers. Within hours they are moving around. They sleep with legs akimbo, sprawled out like a dead thing. They wake up briefly to eat, to drink, to wander and to peep. Then they sleep like the dead.

I’ve been thinking about those chicks all day. Thinking how amazing it is that they battle their way out of the eggs and the weak just don’t make it.

Today I was on my way out to the sheep pen. I grabbed my camera, like I have for the last week, in anticipation of lambs and saw the battery was dead. I put it on the charger and thought to myself “Now there surely will be lambs.” Sure enough, my beautiful Comfrey was in labor when I entered the sheep pen. The head of the first lamb was out with no sign of the feet. I freaked out, worried it was an abnormal presentation I was going to have to deal with. I called my sheep vet: he was on vacation. I called another large animal vet: they were out on other house calls. I called a fellow breeder and she talked me through some things. I called my awesome friend Amanda who is a vet and she said she could come over. I took deep breaths. I went back outside to see how Comfrey was doing and low and behold she had a beautiful ram lamb at her side. I sighed a million sighs of relief. As Joel and I looked on, another lamb, this one a ewe lamb, came into the world. Comfrey made it look effortless. Comfrey got to work immediately licking them both dry. Joel and I ducked in quickly to dip their umbilical chords in iodine, check their sex, and bask in their beauty. Within twenty minutes they were drinking milk.

Joel and I worked out an agreement. He names the ram lambs, I name the ewe lambs.

William T. Riker is the ram lamb. He is all black except for a white patch over his left eye, and a small patch of white on his left ear. He might have some white hairs in his wool, but otherwise he appears to be jet black. Fingers crossed for polled, but I think I might see horns. It is quite possible this guy could be our herd sire.

Katniss is the ewe lamb. She is also black, with a white facial pattern. I love her so much I can barely breathe.

Comfrey is currently rooing, so she looks a bit raggedy. Give her a break, she is a bad-ass.

December

We have had a mild December with barely enough snow to even mention, yet still I feel the winter blues kicking in. Once the snow starts falling I know it won’t be as bad, but watching everything gearing up for the big cold makes me want to find a place to hibernate. Lucky for me, I have lots of wooly and feathered friends to keep me company as well as a zillion plans and projects for next season.

Earlier in the month we added seven new Shetland ewes to our herd. (Pictures: https://emancipationacres.wordpress.com/sheep/) All of them are a lot shyer than our original five which has taken some getting used to. My plan is to spend a lot of time with their lambs from day 1 and hopefully they will become as tame as our original five ewe lambs. Dawn is the friendliest of the bunch. She will eat grain out of my hand but won’t let me touch her. She waits in line patiently for a handful of grain unlike the ewe lambs, who spring into the air when the grain comes into view and don’t stop butting each other and jumping on everyone until it is put away.

Here is Dawn waiting patiently. Photographing sheep is even harder than photographing poultry, if such a thing is even possible.

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Joel and I slaughtered geese a few weeks ago and it was a long, laborious, and cold experience. If you ever see duck or goose in the store and you question the price just know that waterfowl are a pain in the ass to process. Why don’t you just have them processed at a plant you ask? Well, the closest plant to us that processes waterfowl is 3 and a half hours away and the birds need to be there at 6AM.  Everyone else won’t process waterfowl because they know what a pain in the ass they are to pluck. On the bright side, we have humanely raised and slaughtered goose for what I dearly hope will be a delicious Christmas meal with my mom, sisters, and inlaws.

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When it snows the chickens don’t come out of the barn. They stop on the outward bound ladder and back up slowly, all the while making the most mournful chicken sounds. This winter, when I wake up to snow, I think I will wake Joel up with my best imitations of those noises. I am sure he will be a fan of this plan.

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Here are some necklaces I made. It was enjoyable to make them so I may need to make more as time permits. The camera makes them look a lot more shiny than they are.  All pictures are from a copy write free book for crafters.