Monday, May 31, 2010

Ewe lambs for sale

Lambing wrapped up here at Whispering Pines last week, so we have finally completed our list of available sheep. It gets tougher each year to decide which lambs to keep, and after much debate and flip flopping, we decided to let the following ewe lambs go. All are sired by Wintertime Bond, who is a spectacular smooth polled ram. As a result, each of these lambs carries one polled gene.

Tiger Lily and her lamb are both for sale.
This was a tough one because both sheep are lovely and correct. We could make a strong case to keep both, but then we’d have to sell something else to make room. So I do think someone will be happy with either of these ewes. The lamb is a grey katmoget, who carries mioget from her mother. She may also carry spots, as Bond does, and Tiger Lily may as well.

It’s difficult to predict where here fleece will go from here, but it looks to be a very pretty single coated fleece at this point. There doesn’t appear to be two distinct coats, but that could change. I do expect this lamb to be very nice. Excellent conformation! The fleece is soft and crimpy.
Primrose’s girl is a black smirslet who will have a longer fleece. I would say her fleece will end up similar to her mother’s (probably 5” to 6” in length). This lamb has an excellent conformation as well. She carries moorit as well.

The last ewe lamb that will be available this year is Irish Lace’s. This was the last lamb born here this year, so I can’t make any bold predictions about how here fleece will turn out, but she will be double coated. She is a fawn katmoget who carries spots. This one has great bloodlines (Wintertime Black Forrest, V Creek Sarah, and Sheltering Pines Pompey Magnus), and is 45% UK. She is very correct.

I think all of these ewes can add a great deal of quality to the Shetland gene pool. We would certainly be keeping them if we were willing to accept a larger flock. As a result, I think this is a great opportunity to add some great bloodlines to your flocks, without compromising on quality.

Friday, May 14, 2010

May lambs

Under The Son Tiara lambed a few days ago and produced this nice fawn katmoget ram, who will be a half-poll. I like the legs on this guy. He has a nice wide base. Obviously, he carries mioget as well. I can’t say whether he carries spots. Bond is the father.

Cosmos also lambed the other day, giving us a really nice spotted moorit ram lamb. He will be a half poll as Bond is the father. We’ve been blessed with some really nice ram lambs this year, but how many do we really need? I’m struggling to find a place for all of them here on the farm. Each brings something a little different to the program, but we only have so many ewes to put with them.

Primrose on the other hand, came through with a spotted moorit ewe. No, that’s not a misprint, we actually had a ewe lamb after what seemed like 50 rams. I’m not even sure what the tally is right now. I think it’s like 14 rams to 12 ewes or something like that. That doesn’t seem like a bad ratio, unless you consider the fact that it’s now two years in a row where our best lambs have been rams. It’s all a matter of perspective, I suppose. I’m really not prepared to sell any more adults this year, and I would have to make some difficult choices if we had been faced with even one more ewe lamb that we thought belonged in our program. So, maybe it’s been a blessing in disguise. We’ll see if I still feel that way in the fall when I can’t make up my mind about which ones to use.

So, all of our ewes have lambed except Irish Lace. We expect her to lamb around the 20th, and then we'll call it a lambing season!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Shetland Sheep - Adult Ewes for Sale

We have some wonderful ewes available to go to new homes. All are registered breeding stock. Really great ewes, hard to part with but we are committed to a flock size of 20 ewes. So, here are their photos and names, much more detailed information is available on on web site or contact us directly with any questions!

Whispering Pines Tiger Lily:

Pike Hill Violet:

Sheltering Pines Broomhilda

Whispering Pines Dahlia:

Whispering Pines Cosmos:

Under The Son Tiara:

Monday, May 3, 2010

Shetland Sheep - Ewe lambs for sale

We are close enough to the end of lambing that we were able to put together a preliminary list of sheep that are available from our flock. We have 4 ewes left to lamb, so there will probably be some additions to the list.
Today I will post the two ewe lambs we are offering for sale.
Wintertime Bond (S29187) and Whispering Pines Tiger Lilly (29810) had a sweet little grey katmoget ewe who carries mioget. She may also carry spots. She carries half poll, since Bond is a polled ram. Her UK content is 42%. We expect she will have a longer length fleece, somewhere in the 6 - 8 inch range. Her mom is also for sale, so she would be available before weaning if you wanted to take both of them.

The other ewe lamb we have is out of Sheltering Pines Blues Clues and Pike Hill Violet S25080. She is a very fancy grey katmoget, with really sharp markings. She might carry brown, and is spotted. She carries horned genetics, and is 42% UK.

We are very happy to answer any specific questions you may have about these two ewes, please contact us via email or phone for more information and for our terms of sale.