In between the rains, I've been very busy spraying our fields for weeds. I went from a hand held 2 gallon sprayer, to a 4 gallon backpack sprayer, to a 15 gallon pull behind. I'm using a heribicide called Pasture Pro, that kills broadleaf weeds but doesn't kill the grass. Amazing stuff. I knocked down a bunch of stands of juvenile sandbur. Our pastures are looking great!
We had our flock sheared yesterday, and I took lots of photos of the sheep. So I'll have TONS of photos to share in the near future!
I'd like to do some online conformation clinics. I tried to get these started on the yahoo groups several years ago, very few people seemed interested in participating. Now that everyone is blogging, I think they are a perfect forum for this sort of thing. Please comment away.
Perhaps I'm shooting myself in the foot by drawing attention to some of the flaws in some my sheep, but if we are honest with ourselves, I'm sure mine is not the only flock out there with some less than perfect sheep in it. I also acknowledge that in seeking out poll carrying sheep over the last five years, I've limited myself to some less than perfect specimens to get that poll gene.
And although my flock isn't perfect, every sheep currently out there has his or her strengths as well that I'm trying to retain, while eliminating undesirable traits that still haunt me.
In other words, if I wasn't breeding for polled Shetlands, I think I could have a flock of much better quality sheep as I could choose from a larger pool of Shetlands.
I'll only be showcasing sheep of my own breeding for these conformation clinics.
I'll start with Titus Pullo, a two year old half poll ram. There are a lot of things I like about Pullo. He is very soft for a black, solidly built, no cowhocks, good tail, no iset. But there is something about him I don't like and it is bothering me. See if you can't spot it as well.
Cule: It isn't his ear set, or his bulbous head. I think the shape of the half poll skull forces the ears onto a horizontal plane, and makes them look heavier.