Would you believe I took hardly any photos at Michigan Fiber Festival? I forgot, until I saw a Lincoln Longwood ram that looked just like my DH's dog, Angus, that I wanted to share with him. So I have very few fun photos to share, but the ones I have I'll put up later.
Nevermind, Garrett took enough for both of us here on his blog at:
I "borrowed" just a few where I don't look so much like a trainwreck (I do NOT photograph well, I'm suprised his camera lens didn't crack taking a photo of me), so Garrett get's the credit as the photographer!
I will get photos of my new sheep purchases. I meant to pick out one or two ewes to improve conformation in my flock, ended up coming home with four, plus an English Blue BFL ram for a particular crossbred known as "mules" for their extreme hardiness and easy gain on forage.
I was very pleased to see Sophia's ram lamb bring a dollar a pound at market, and weighing in a 70 pounds at only four months of age, on forage alone. And that was with a shetland sire! I could use some more of that $$ to help pay for my purebred shetland flock.
Here is my show ram, Lil'Country Sand Storm. We did not do well in the ring.....
.....Okay, so we came in LAST PLACE! My boy was dwarfed by the larger, double coated rams, did not have the fleece type that the judge preferred, and Sand Storm became agitated halfway through the show, hunching and bawling. But I had a good time, and it was so good seeing my friends and seeing so many sheep. And I was reassured by other breeders, who's opinions I respect, to keep on doing what I'm doing with my flock, and that I'm on the right track.
Made my day and made me feel better about placing last place. I was pretty mortified. But...I guess somebody has to come in last.
What else went on this weekend? LOTS of good food, good company, and mmmm...Lots of drinking! I was a naughty, naughty girl. We went out to restaurants every night, and each restaurant had Irish Cream of some type.
The shetland group at MFF has always had great chemistry together, and it was so nice to plug into that positive energy. I'm so happy to be a Midwest Shetland girl and part of such a dynamic group of nice folks.
This is me and one of my best shetland pals, Stephen Rouse. I first met Stephen in spring of 2003, when I drove up to his place to purchase some of the lovely spotted sheep that Stephen is famous for.
We hit it off and became fast friends.
Garrett has been a fun addition to our group, we hung out all weekend together and cracked each other up. It felt so good to laugh until I couldn't breath. I also got to touch base with so many other great shetland folk, too many to mention here. How I wish we all lived closer so we could hang out more often! (This goes for you nice folks that couldn't make the MFF this year.)
I have a feeling that Garrett is going to be quite the "up and comer" in the shetland world. He is passionate about his sheep and making wise breeding choices. Keep an eye on that one!
In two weeks is my next show, at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival.