After we got our sheep tucked in on Friday, a bunch of us had all-you-can-eat fish at a local greasy spoon, one more check on the sheep, then I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
The next morning, I volunteered for almost 2 hours at the NASSA/ MSSBA tables, then quickly prepped my two lambs for the show. Letty Klein was the judge, and she really did a good job judging. She specifically stated that she would not take size into consideration, which is always music to my ears.
My ram lamb placed last place out of eight. Letty commented that she felt he had excessive hair on the tip of his tail, which I did not expect to go unnoticed. I did get a lot of complements on both his structure and his fleece.
He did not sell, and now I'm debating if I should cull him or continue to offer him for sale. Any advice from anyone who checked him out at the show?
Lil'Country Maid Marion, A Stephen Rouse creation (Blues X Arabesque) came a hair away from winning Best Fleece on the Hoof. Letty had a difficult time deciding between my lamb and Lori Stephenson's (excellent) sheep. After a loooong, agonizing wait, she choose Lori's.
Immediately afterward, as I was leaving the ring, I was quickly approached by someone wanting to buy her. When I relayed that this lamb had already been sold (to Rayna), several people still wanted to touch her and feel her soft, crimpy, consistant fleece.
Much of my time was spent chatting with fellow Shetland shepherds. If I try to list everybody, I know I'll forget someone. So many friends old and new, so little time to really, really catch up. But it was wonderful. :)
Except when I got stung by a bee while eating a lamb bbq sandwich. One of those annoying garbage can bees.
On Sunday, Denise showed her mule lamb. I told her not to expect to place very well in the ring, up against Mark Lelli's mules, and she didn't. But the judge did say she had a nice lamb, and Denise had a blast! She wants to come back next year and show her mule again.
After the mule show, we finally got around to visiting the vendors. I bought a few books, and Denise expressed a desire to learn to spin. Luckily, we ran into Chris and Allen Greene, perfect people to get advice from for a beginner spinner. Allen recommended the 1.1 oz, 2.5" whorl Schacht Hi-Lo spindle, and gave us a quick lesson.