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Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival

This last weekend was the WI Sheep and Wool Festival! Joel and I had such a great time!

On Friday we had the inspection workshop with Maurice Wakeling, a UK judge and inspector. Maurice went over the inspection form for rams and ewes and then we broke into groups to go over sheep with the forms. Later the groups presented their sheep to Maurice and they went over them to see if he agreed with their findings. I missed the last part because I had to leave early to go to my friend Amanda’s wedding.

It was such a beautiful wedding and Amanda was a beautiful bride. I cried just about a zillion times and we both Joel and I had a really lovely time. I love a good photo booth!

joel and erica wedding I’m so happy for them I am thinking about crying all over again. Amanda wore green and Anthony wore brown. They both looked awesome!

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We didn’t get home till twelve and I was up the next morning at 5am. UGH! Gilly Wakeling, UK wool judge, judged the fleece show and I am very sorry to have missed that.

The judge for the Shetland show was UK judge and ram inspector, Maurice Wakeling. I showed a senior ewe and a ram lamb. The senior ewe didn’t place but the ram lamb got 3rd out of 18. We bought him from Rich and Jennifer in New York and I am so excited to use him on a few select ewes this breeding season. Yay, Jean-Luc!

Here is a picture of Maurice inspecting Jean-Luc. He is checking for softness of fleece, consistency in the fleece, density, crimp, good teeth(on pad), good legs, correct sized head and ears and many other things.

P1010147Here are some of the other rams being judged in the ram class. I was so nervous since it was my first time showing. I really had not worked with Jean-Luc as much as I should have, but he stood very still in the ring and acted great when Maurice was looking at him. I was next to Garrett in the show ring, which was great cause he got me smiling and acting less nervous.

P1010152Here is a picture of Maurice looking over Temperance and the other senior ewes. It looks like Temperance is getting ready to poop. She walked great on the halter at home but was a spit fire in the ring. She kept leaping into the air like a bucking bronco.

P1010199After the show we had to run home and let out the dogs, and give fresh water to everyone. We came back for the Shetland sheep breeders potluck and both Joel and I had a really great time talking with everyone about the little sheep we love so much. It was really fun to meet people face to face I’ve chatted with some much on fb and yahoo forums.

We brought five ewe lambs to sell to the fairgrounds and they all sold! They are going to live in Indiana with a lovely family. I will be transporting them in a few weeks.

Sunday I came back to the fair to clean out our sale pen and pick up Gilly and Maurice. Joel and I were lucky enough to have the Wakelings stay at our house till Tuesday when I took them back to the airport. We talked for hours about Shetlands and I learned a lot from them. Both Gilly and Maurice are two of the nicest, most helpful people I’ve ever met. I feel so grateful to have been able to spend so much time with people so involved in the breed as we start out in our Shetland breeding journey. We talked a lot about the differences between UK sheep and US sheep, correct Shetland fleece (single coated, fine, and soft) and Gilly and Maurice were nice enough to look over my keeper ewe lambs from this year, and the two yearlings we kept from last year. Overall they seemed to like them, and gave us some great feedback on the animals we presented which will help us immensely as we move forward. Gilly said she would happily add Inara (Ok Acres Camden x Sommarang Snowflake) to her flock which made me grin from ear to ear! What a great complement.

What a truly amazing weekend!!!!! Thanks so much to Maurice and Gilly Wakeling for coming all the way from the UK to judge our show and for teaching us all so much about proper Shetland sheep. Thank you to Kelly Bartels for working so hard to make the show a success, your hard work paid off we all had such a great time! And thanks to all the new friends I made! It was so fun to spend time with you all:)

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American Chinchillas and Other New Bunnies!

I’ve been thinking about American Chinchillas for awhile. In fact, I wanted them before I got Silver Fox but wasn’t able to locate breeders near me. I started thinking about them early one morning and decided to try to track some down via Facebook. I found the Krienkes, who turned out to be a wealth of information as well as really, really nice. I got three does and a buck from them and am hoping to add a few more does and another buck at convention. Everyone is in cages right now for quarantine but in a few weeks the does will move in with the Silver Fox does.

Crystal’s Mad Hatter-The Buck.

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Crystal’s Sardina- This doe is very sweet. She always comes to the cage door for pats. I don’t like to use the word favorite but….

IMG_4216IMG_4215Violet- Violet loves throwing her food everywhere so I need to get a heavier dish. I don’t know why some bunnies love to do that.

IMG_4221Rose- Rose is Violets sister.

IMG_4220Here is my new self-chocolate chinchilla from Kate. Hopefully she will make beautiful French Angora chinchilla babies for me. Her name is Zora.

IMG_4223My blue Silver Fox does. I’m trading one with Katie for another unrelated blue doe.

IMG_4230Last but not least, my new buck Harvey. He is a sweetie and the girls are driving him wild!!!

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Only one 75% Kune Kune 25% Potbelly Piglet left!!!!

BJ is the only piglet still looking for a home. Her teat structure is perfect and she would make a fine breeder. She is ginger and black.

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We do have two pigs we are raising for meat and we would be happy to raise one for you. Please inquire.

 

75% Kune Kune x 25% Potbelly Piglets for Sale in Wisconsin

The piglets are a few weeks old now and growing day by day. They really are so cute its a bit hard to handle.

Here is the proud Momma, Penny. She is a Kune Kune x Potbelly. Penny is the sweetest, most gentle pig we have. She loves being pet and will roll over for belly scratches. This is her first litter. She had nine.

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Daddy is Hercules, he is a papered and registered Kune Kune boar. Here he is with his family and some of the other pigs. Hercules is a good family man that loves belly scratches and his mud wallow.Image

The following piglets are for sale, and can go to new homes in mid-August. Gilts(unbred females) are $200 and barrows(castrated males) are $100. Non-refundable deposit of $25 holds your piglet. Piglets will not be sold individually unless the new owner already owns pigs. Pigs are social creatures and need to have other pigs around to be happy.

Pigs can be sold as pets, breeders, or pork producers. Piglets should weigh 100-250lbs at maturity. This size is perfect for the small homestead. Kune Kune’s are known for their docile temperaments, and are a great pig to raise around children. We recommend pigs live outdoors.

If you are interested in a piglet please email EricaQSolis@gmail.com

BARROWS- We have decided to keep the barrows for meat production.

GILTS

Gilt #1- “Tri” This gilt was born looking black and white but she now has ginger hairs growing in her white areas. She is the only pig in the entire little to be tri-colored. She has one piri piri (wattle). She does have an extra teat, but could still be bred if desired. ImageImage

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Gilt #2- “Ska”- SOLDImage

Gilt #3- “Black Ear.” Black Ear is my favorite gilt of the litter. She is curious and probably the most friendly. Black Ear also has an extra teat. RESERVED

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Gilt #4- “BJ” Another very curious and friendly black and ginger gilt. She has good teat placement and would make a good breeder.If she doesn’t sell we will keep her and breed her to our Guinea boar.Image

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Gilt #5- Has one extra teat. ImageImage

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Shetland Sheep for Sale in WI – LAMBS

I will post mature ewes for sale soon. Buy three or more sheep and they will be discounted 10%.

RAM LAMBS-None Available At This Time

EWE LAMBS

Elizabeth (Lil Country Bailey and Sheltering Pines Bug)

$275   SOLD

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IMG_4196Elizabeth is a curious and friendly fawn katmoget. Good bite. Her fleece is on track to be crimpy and fine like her parents.

Lil Country Bailey- Is a fawn katmoget out of Sheltering Pines Pompey Magnus
I cant seem to find her 2012 wool data but her 2010 lamb data is as follows Micron:23.9 SD4.1, CV17.3, CEM 7.5 Bailey is a lovely, very friendly ewe. If Elizabeth doesn’t sell I will gladly keep her. I am keeping Bailey and Elizabeth’s twin sister, Cleo.

Sheltering Pines Bug- 2012 Micron:25.9, SD:4.9, CV:18.9, CEM:8.6

Firth of Fifth Sakhuda(Black Forrest daughter)/ White Pine Levi (F1 Jamie)

SOLD

Emancipation Loci is a jet black ewe lamb. Her fleece looks like it will be fine, crimpy and soft. Her mother is line bred of Wintertime Black Forrest(a famous and amazing ram) and also has Greyling, Greenholme Holly, and Roban Dillion (all UK genetics) in her pedigree. White Pine Levi is an F1 Willowcroft Jamie which makes Loci an F2.

I don’t have micron data on either of the parents for this year. Even without micron data I can tell Loci will be a very fine sheep. I will keep her if she doesn’t sell.

Fifth of Fifth Sakhada is a gulmoget ewe with side dusting and a fine fleece.

White Pine Levi: Levi rooed before I was able to get a micron sample from him this year. He has a shorter staple length, but very crimpy, fine fleece. He is a smooth poll and an F1 Jamie.

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Emancipation Demeter(River Oaks Freya and White Pine Levi)

$200  SOLD

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Demeter is a gulmoget. She is a big girl with soft, wavy fleece and a very long staple.

River Oaks Freya: Is a solid sided gulmoget. She lives up to her name as a fertility goddess. She is curvy in all the right places.

White Pine Levi: Levi rooed before I was able to get a micron sample from him this year. He has a shorter staple length, but very crimpy, fine fleece. He is a smooth poll and an F1 Jamie.

Emancipation Lacey (mostly white)

$200   SOLD

Patience (mostly moorit)(I’m keeping their mother)

$225  SOLD

Little Country Acres Victoria/ Little Country Acres Beetlejuice

Lacey is a mostly white sheep, with dark brown spots around her eyes, and one large spot on her shoulder. Her fleece is long, wavy and soft. Good bite. Comes from polled genetics on both sides.

Patience is a mostly moorit sheep with some white markings. She looks just like her mother! Her fleece is longer, and wavier and soft. Good bite. Left leg may turn in a bit. Polled genetics.

Little Country Acres Victoria;s 2012 as a two year old AFD: 25.2, SD: 7.6, CV: 30.3, CEM:14.9, CF: 74.6, SF: 26.8- slightly double coated, polled genetics.

Beetlejuice does not belong to me and I don’t have micron data on him although I am trying to get it. He is smooth polled and a Sheltering Pines Bug son.

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Patience

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Emancipation Echo

$200 Echo (Under the Son Prairie Wind x White Pine Levi) F2 Jamie

Echo is a black with a small krunet(white spots on head) the krunets are fading but these girls carry spots. Ech0 has good bite and legs. At this point her fleece looks like it will be long and wavy. Levi gave us a TON of black sheep and I can’t keep them all, as we need to keep the flock diversified.

Under the Son Prairie Wind’s 2012 micron data at six years old: AFD: 28.1, SD:7.2, CV: 25.6, CEM, 13.5, CF: 66%, SF: 28.6- Windy is a moorit.

White Pine Levi: Levi rooed before I was able to get a micron sample from him this year. He has a shorter staple length, but very crimpy, fine fleece. He is a smooth poll and an F1 Jamie.

Emancipation Aurora-SOLD

$300

Sommarang Dawn’s 2012 data at 6 years old AFD: 31.2, SD:6, CV: 18.9, CEM: 9.9, CF: 44.9% SF29.9. Dawn is single coated with nice crimp, grade three ewe. Horned genetics.

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Emancipation Kaylee- SOLD

$275

Shepherdwoods Easter Skerry/ Sheltering Pines Bug. Kaylee is a fawn katmoget ewe lamb.

Shepherdwoods Easter Skerry’s 2012 micron data at three years old AFD: 26.4, SD:6, CV: 22.9, CEM:11.1, CF: 76.7, SF: 26.1- Very friendly ewe, easy to work with. Grade two, single coated. Horned genetics.

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Here a Lamb, There a Lamb, Everywhere a Lamb Lamb

Little Country Victoria X Little Country Beetlejuice- two spotted ewe lambs

Emancipation Lacey

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Emancipation Patience- I am really quite taken with this little ewe. I like her color. Her mother has a bit of a double coat so I am hoping for an improvement in these little ewes.

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Question for Shetland people: Would this lamb be considered moorit with white spots, or white with moorit spots? Any names for the spots of these two girls?

The other side.

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River Oaks Lucy X Sheltering Pines Bug

Lucy had a single ewe lamb with a tiny patch of white on her head. (Shetland people is there a name for a tiny little random spot?)

Emancipation Sookie

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Shepeardwoods Lyra X Sheltering Pines Bug- two white ram lambs

Emancipation Torricelli

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Emancipation Galileo- He has some gray markings on his head and legs is he still considered white or is this a specific marking? He has a very light gray spot on his back too.

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I love Madeline.

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Briene is our cross bred. She is a tank. I love this picture of her.

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Joel was in such high demand for pats and scratches he had to use his hands and feet!

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Lambing Continues

Tuesday Comfrey broke our lamb strike with a lovely black ewe lamb. I forgot to take a picture of her when she was in the jug so here she is running away from me.

Sommarang Comfrey X White Pine Levi (F1 Jamie) her name is Bethesda.

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Wednesday Easter Skerry had two ewe lambs, one fawn katmoget and one gray katmoget. Both fleeces are very crimpy looking!

Sheperdwoods Easter Skerry X Sheltering Pines Bug

Kaylee

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Priya

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My favorite sheep, Dawn, had twins on Thursday mornings, two ewe lambs.

Sommarang Dawn X Sheltering Pines Bug

Joel named them both after Goddesses of the Dawn (get it?!) Both fleeces are very tight and crimpy.

Ostara, gray katmoget with a krunet

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HST gray katmoget, Aurora

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Catelyn also had two ewe lambs. They are already sold to Mallory. Tight beautiful looking fleeces on both of them!

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I have not decided who is staying and who goes, but if you see someone that you take a fancy to, let me know and I will get back to you.:)