Here are a few other sheep that I admired at Michigan Fiber Fest. There are a lot of really neat sheep out there besides the Shetlands. Some of these breeds are uncommon, and it is good to see people love them, propagate and promote them, and protect them from extinction.
Sometimes, I wish I had more land just so I could help preserve some of these breeds.
This is a high percentage Wensleydale with his attractive dreadlocks.
I had read that the fatty tail can be used in soup. Letty told me that it is also spread on bread as a replacement for butter!
Letty's ram were sold to a person near Detroit who is going to try to breed the fat tail into a sheep flock for the local ethnic market. Brilliant marketing!
(Did I ever tell you that I love cooking with lard?)
Another shot of the fatty tail.
Gail Former always bring some attractive Wensleydale/ Border Leicester crosses for show and sale.
This pony-sized ram is only 16 months old! I spoke to his owner who relayed that he has another year of growing to do and will top out at around 350 lbs. They are a slow growing breed that is so laid back and quiet that any halter breaking is done when he leads them into the show ring.
His owner also said that some scientific breakthroughs are creating a crossbred sheep that is larger sheep than his Lincolns, but he doesn't want to change what the Lincoln is. He likes them the way they are. God bless him, his sheep are awesome!
The Lincoln had two equally huge companions in his pen, who were taken away to be shorn. The gentle giant threw a fit and began rearing up like a horse, very near clearing his pen! Quite a few people stopped to photograph and videotape his capers.
That's it for now. Later this week, I'll share some photos of the sheep I bought from Stephen Rouse and Carol Bator. I also have some photos of some of my ewe lambs that I'll probably retain as brood ewes, and some gardening stuff I'll share.