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.

Lacey

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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.:)

Freckles the Thief!

Lets go over what happened Thursday morning…

Joel and I wake up and run out to the sheep…we see Freckles licking two beautiful babies , Crow chasing down Freya’s babies and trying to convince them they are hers, and Windy in the early stages of labor. Crow had wetness and blood on her legs so I figured her water had broken and that her babies would come at any time.

Joel jugged Windy and Crow and I went to class. Joel texted me about two hours later and said Freckles had had another baby!

Crow was in the jug all of yesterday and I didn’t see her straining or acting at all like she was going into labor. I checked her today and she was obviously no longer pregnant, obviously had given birth, and her milk was flowing. Then we realized what had happened!

Crow, a first time mom had given birth to twins, Freckles who was about to give birth stole them, and then Crow decided to try to steal Freya’s babies! What a mess! We tried to give Crow back her babies but she wanted nothing to do with them, and they were very upset being away from Freckles.

Freckles isn’t producing enough milk for three so I am supplementing the smallest two. The down side is that feeding them is a lot of work. The upside is that it should make them quite friendly.

Here is a picture of Crow’s babies sire, Little Country Beetlejuice, he is owned and bred by Juliann Budd.

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And here are his lambs Little Country Crow x Little County Beetlejuice. You can really see the resemblance! You can see the thief and her single ram lamb in the background!

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I feel kinda stupid for not realizing what was going on earlier! But so much was going on at one time! Of course no one lambed today…and probably five more will lamb tomorrow…

Lambing is hard work, but so worth it! Now to go feed my little lambs a supplemental bottle and curse Freckles and her thieving ways!

 

 

Piglets and Lambs, Oh My!

The last few days have been crazy! Freya kicked off lambing season on Monday. On Tuesday I ran to the barn expecting the next lamb installment. I didn’t find any, but then I heard a squeaking noise. I got really nervous the barn had been taken over by rats and started looking for the source of the noise. I found it in the pig pen.

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There are nine piglets total, four gilts (young female pigs that have not yet had a litter) and five boars(intact male pigs). There are two runts, but so far they are doing well. They are so cute I want to snuggle them forever.

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At this point they only eat and sleep.

 

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Wednesday there was a lull in the baby birthing until about 10PM when Obara had a single white spotted ewe lamb. Obara is a X bred ewe from Cynthia of Firth of Fifth farm and is a bit bigger than the Shetlands. Her lamb was pounds heavier and has a long tail! Her fleece is very crimpy and she is quite cute. We might retain her for future cross breds.

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Look at her giant legs!

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This morning before my 8am chemistry class (I missed on Tuesday due to the piglets) I was determined to make it to class. When I came outside Freckles had two ewe lambs by her side.

Under the Son Prairie Wind (Windy) was about to go into labor and so was Little Country Crow. I felt horrible leaving for class but Joel was there to watch over everyone. Crow started trying to steal (granny nanny!) Freya’s babies. Joel put her in a jug, and Windy too. While I was in class Freckles had another lamb! Freckles is our smallest sheep and I could not believe she had triplets!

Freckles is a yearling unregistered Shetland, these are her first lambs. The white spotted ones are ewes, the black is a ram. She was bred to White Pine Levi.

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Under the Son Prairie Wind x White Pine Levi- two black ewe lambs(!!!) both with a white krunet
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River Oaks Ginger x Sheltering Pines Bug- our second single so far. She is a very dark moorit color(dark brown for you non-Shetland people), another ewe lamb! I’m already very in love with this one and don’t see myself parting with her.

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Sheltering Pines Champs Elysees and White Pine Levi- two black ram lambs with white krunets.

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First Lambs of 2013!

My sister left for Portland(where she lives) yesterday and today our first lambs were born. I am bummed Nikita missed getting to see them, but so so excited for lambing to have started. We put our rams in a bit later then we had wanted so for the passed few weeks I’ve been looking at everyone else’s lamb pictures and dying of jealousy waiting for my own.

The first to lamb was Freja. She is named after a Norse fertility goddess. Joel wants to name these two after fertility goddesses as well, but he hasn’t decided on who yet. Both are ewe lambs (!!!) and both are gulmogets. They have a white patch on top of their heads, like their daddy, Whitepine Levi, which I believe is a krunet. They should produce polled offspring. One was 6 lbs and the other was 5.5lbs.

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We “jug” our lambs. This means that we put momma and babies in a small area together so they can bond. This prevents any  “granny nannies” from stealing babies. What can happen is that pregnant sheep can see a baby and think that it is theirs, then they steal the baby and the baby dies because the theif’s milk hasn’t come in yet. Jugs keep momma and baby together, and I think give momma a space to recover and relax, and give the babies a chance to get a bit stronger, and more steady on their feet before they have to be in “gen pop.” Here are a few wannabe granny nannies outside the jug:)

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Silver Fox Rabbit Colony

Demand for more rabbit meat (from my family and customers) prompted me to buy Silver Fox rabbits. They are a beautiful, large breed known for their docile temperaments. I bought several rabbits from four different breeders in Wisconsin.

They are set up on the other side of the barn, across from the angoras. The set up is very similar to to the angoras with a few changes. I have used wood shavings and straw as bedding with the Silver Fox. I use straw with the angoras as I worry wood shavings will be problematic with the angora wool.

I added in dog kennel nest boxes/hidey holes. But otherwise this is the basic set up.

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I try to mimic the burrows that wild rabbits would dig. The cloth tunnels I have had good luck finding at garage sales. They are made for kids, but are expensive in the stores. The metal tubes are from the hardware store.

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The rabbits eat out of chicken feeders bought from Farm and Fleet.

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The rabbits get pellets, oats, black oil sunflower seeds, grass hay and veggies when they are available.

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The bucks are kept in cages inside the colony. The bucks are separated to control breeding and fighting between the other bucks. I like having them inside the colony so that the bucks can still have nose to nose contact with the does, which allows them socialization. I do often times allow one buck free in the colony. He will breed the does, and get some exercise and social time. The bucks are returned to their pens before the does kindle.

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The rabbits form friendships. I often see them grooming each other. I often see the same rabbits spending time together on a consistent basis.

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The only ARBA sanctioned color is black. Breeders are working on getting blue and chocolate accepted. I have two blue does. I have one chocolate carrying buck and one chocolate carrying doe.

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These hollowed out logs make great tunnels. The bunnies love them!

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I am expecting my first Silver Fox litters on the 18th.

Here is a video!