Garrett & Rayna, two delightful fellow breeders. They are a real trip and we had a great time! After dinner, we looked at pedigrees and fleece samples well into the wee hours.
The following morning, it was time to look at sheep. Visiting the Shelteringpines flock is always a humbling experience for me. I know that the sheep I'm seeing and laying hands on are the product of years of hard work and careful breeding selection and culling. Stephen's knowledge of the breed in both North America and the UK is incredible.
Here are a few of my homegrown ewes. This is Lil'Country Meadow (Shelteringpines Pompey Magnus X Lil'Country Sandcastle), the ewe featured on the front page of my website.
This is Lil'Country Mudpie (UnderTheSon Silvio Dante X Lil'Country Carmella).
Here is a recent picture of Lil'Country Damascus. (Pompey Magnus X Justalit'l Twinkle) He is a proven breeder, and is for sale for $250. I'll probably be bringing him on the show circuit this year. He has a sound build and intermediate fleece. Good tail, no health issues, and is respectful. He'd make a nice flock sire for someone breeding for polled.
So that it's it for now. I hope everyone's flocks are doing well in the snow and wind.
I'm very much looking forward to lambing in April. I will probably start shearing early March and hope to be finished by the time lambing gets in full swing.
In addition to my Shetlands, I have three Clun Forest ewes bred to a BFL ram. This will be my first year with Mules, and I'm curious and excited to see how they turn out.