Sunday, March 15, 2009

Queen Anne's Lace - Rich

Queen Anne’s Lace is out of a ewe from our original flock. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, she’s one of only two that we have left. Buttercup also links back to our first flock.

We’ve always liked QAL. We almost sold her as a lamb, and again as a yearling. She also has a very nice conformation. Her fleece feels very soft even though it doesn’t have a fine micron reading. We’ve liked the garments that Jen has made from it. It feels pretty soft on the skin. QAL is bred to Leyland this year (we hope). I’ve been told that a few of our more primitive ewes might be tough to improve in the fleece fineness department, so this will be interesting if she has lambs this year. She isn’t a spectacular ewe in any one area, but she is very good in all areas. She also has that delicate facial structure that we like, which I expect is the reason we haven’t sold her. Her first lamb was a pretty fawn ewe, so we’ll have to see what she does this year. Last year, she had two white ewes. I wouldn’t hate a nice fine, white ewe lamb out of her, but I’m not sure how likely that is. She also carries spots and may be spotted underneath that white coat.

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