Last Friday, we caught up all 55 of our sheep.
The adults were de-wormed, had their conditions checked, and had their hooves trimmed. The babies were evaluated, and given their first vaccinations. I made some decisions on who to keep, who to register, who to cull. I picked out lambs for the shows this year.
I'm not much on using themes for names for my lambs, I like to be inspired by each lamb and let a name just pop into my head. But felt like doing HBO this year. "The Sopranos" and "Rome". This moorit spottie is Lil'Country Cleopatra, by Bluff Country Kokomo, and out of Justalit'l Lacey.
I'm thrilled that out of 14 ram lambs, it looks like 7 are definetely polled. There is simply nothing there but crumbles of horn material. Two others have small, chocolate chip sized scurs and are on my watch list. 5 have either full horns or large scurs.
This black is my show boy. Lil'Country Titus Pullo. He is by Shelteringpines Octavian, and out of North Wind Netty, one of my best ewes.
I know, his ears are a little heavy. I'm hoping he grows into them. Hind end and tail are perfect, fleece will be dynamite. Bite is good, both testes are dropped. I've already started gently sacking him out in the pasture to prepare him for halter breaking.
My hen and her one magic chick. The little fellow (or gal) is still hanging in there. She is being a good mother and the chick stays close to her.
Last but not least, I bought myself a luxurious present. I've driven by this cow for several years. I finally stopped to see, out of curiosity, how much she was. She was about half what I thought she'd be. I figured I'd better call home and "ask permission". My husband asks "Why does a sheep farm need a concrete cow?" I said "Why do all these people have concrete deer in their yard when they don't raise deer?" (Makes perfect sense, right?) So he says I can buy her if I don't put her near the house where anyone can see her. So she was placed near the barn, which is great because it is my favorite place.