Friday, September 23, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
I packed up the van on Friday and made the 90 minute drive to the fairgrounds to set up and enter our fleeces in the Fleece Show and Sale.
Here is the booth all ready to go:
Great to see my fiber friends and make a few new ones. I always enjoy introducing people to our soft, bouncy Shetland wool. One of my spinning/knitting customers brought in this lovely shawl she made from Frangelico, a fawn kat ewe:
So pretty and wonderfully crafted.
I'll be at WNY Fiberfest next Saturday if the weather is fine, its outdoors at Emery Park, really nice venue.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
What I will say is that these sales sheep will rank highly against any that you will find elsewhere, and in most cases, there are no meaningful flaws with them, but we have enough of their genetics to fulfill our long term goals. We are not in a position to keep everything that we like, or we likely wouldn't even have a sales list. All of these sheep have been in our breeding program, and still would be if that was an option.
It's important to me that new buyers do so knowing these are sheep that I would buy myself. More importantly, they are better than any we have ever purchased, and are the result of a long process of breeding to our goals. Our goal has been (and continues to be) breeding Shetlands that are equivalent to the best flocks in the UK. I think that is a worthy goal and one that we are excited to help new shepherds with. I only wish we could've started out with sheep of this quality. We made so many mistakes early on and feel fortunate to have learned and somehow made it to this point in our breeding program.
An excellent spotted ewe that goes back to Wintertime Bond. There aren’t many spotted ewes in that bloodline. See our ewe a day posts from the fall for a full description.
Probably the nicest handling moorit fleece I have seen and touched. She has always thrown Superfine lambs! Very similar to her mother in overall build and type. Shorter fleece type, which pairs exceptionally well with rams with 3”-5” fleeces. She may be sold, but it pays to ask.
That is probably it for the ewes. Jen and I are still
arguing debating discussing pricing, but that will be finalized this week. As always, the more you buy, the better the deals.
I will do a separate ram post. I have three or four young adults that I will be selling and possibly a lamb or two. All of them would be in the upper 1% of fine fleece Shetland rams you will come across. As I said, back in the day, you would never find rams of this quality, and they are without a doubt the best that we have offered. The bottom line is that we can't use all of them, so I would like to see them put to good use.
Monday, May 9, 2016
This is going to be a tough year trying to sort out all of this. We have more top quality sheep than we have space to house them, and the heavy ewe year that we are having is going to force some really hard decisions.
Mustang Sally was the last ewe to lamb this year. She is one of those two year old ewes I keep running on about. I don't have my cheat sheet in front of me, but I believe she is out of Khan and Pearl. These lambs are out of Mr. Darcy.
The moorit is a ewe, and the katmoget is a ram. I like both of them pretty equally, but the ram is in the top three this year in terms of overall quality. He is probably second behind Venice's and very close to Rosanna's. All three are fawn katmoget's though, so we'll have to keep an eye on their development. I said I would not keep anymore fawn kats, but now I am strenuously objecting, so I will have to reconsider. It's funny how quickly you forget how good last year's lamb crop was because it was so yesterday.
Biggify the bottom picture of the ram if you want to see what a Shetland lamb fleece can look like.