I hope everyone had a beautiful, relaxed, and fun filled Christmas. So here are just a few long overdue sheep photos. Above is our spotted breeding group, headed by Whispering Pines Saturday Night (Wintertime Bond X Shelteringpines Cor de Nuit). Although I've abstained from breeding ewe lambs the last few years, I went ahead and exposed a few this year that I thought size-wise would be able to handle motherhood well if they settle. I am hoping that Night is BB/Bb, but if he isn't, we'll have plenty of black and hopefully spotted lambs to make me smile this coming spring.
Whispering Pines Saturday Night. Thank you Rich and Jen Johnson for this awesome ram.
Here are some of my retained ewe lambs. I finally got around to naming the poor girls, lol. This is Lil'Country Ava Adore (S32062). Sommerang Eragon X Shelteringpines Arabesque. How I treasure my precious Eragon babies. I have exposed her to Night.
This is Lil'Country Victoria (S32195) This moorit spottie is by Sommerang Eragon, and out of Lil'Country Cleopatra.
I either failed to take a nice pic of Victoria's full sister, black spotted Lil'Country Twilight, but here she is. These two are of a delicate build, much like their dame, so they remain open this winter.
I love this little lady, Lil'Country Rush (S32063) She is by Sommerang Eragon, and out of Underhill Peep. Peep and my gulmoget yearling ram went to Tennessee to join a polled Shetland flock owned by Voni Anderson at Anvo Acres. Rush was not exposed to a ram this year, either.
I haven't named this musket gal as of yet, as she is still for sale and I like to let my buyers name their lambs. She has an unusual charcoal color to her underlying lamb fleece, I'll have to get a photo of it one of these days. She is by Twin Springs Bearclaw, and out of Li'Country Giselle.
This is Lil'Country Alberta (S32064), a musket spottie by Twin Springs Bearclaw, and out of Underhill Bar. I named her after a spotted miniature jennet I used to own. Alberta has been exposed to Night.I still haven't decided if I'm going to pay for DNA testing on my little Shamu ram lamb. I suspect his sire is Pompey, and I already have a good Pompey son (Nightcap) to use for breeding if I want. If I get something spectacular out of Saturday night, spectacular as in spotted, polled, and of the quality I like, I'll probably want to to use that ram lamb. I've really, really missed breeding for spots as if you couldn't tell. So the only reason I have to pay for DNA testing would be to sell him registered.
On the meat front, my lamb got rave reviews from my buyers this year, and I have a waiting list for lamb cuts again (Unless Monsanto and George Soros have thier way and put the small farmer completely out of business in the next few years). This leaves me at a crossroads, torn before my pedigree flock and satisfying a potentially financially rewarding demand for lamb meat. I will pray to find balance. I obtained a Cheviot ewe and her mature Mule daughter from a friend, who is cutting back on her livestock. My Suffolk ram, Punch, is doing very well on forage only, growing taller than my mature Shetlands at this time. I'm hoping for a growthy whiteface ram lamb to use as a terminal sire out of one of these two gals next spring.
Have a Happy and fruitful New Year to all from the sheep and shepherds at Little Country Acres.