Friday, May 29, 2009

I'm running out of time today, but I need to start getting some pictures of our Icelandic lambs. The black gray ewe is "Chloey". She was about 3 pounds at birth to a first time mother, but her mother was extremely attentive and Chloey has thrived, but she's still on the small side.
The Gray badger ram is out of my Rose, a badger/mouflon ewe. I just sent his brother off to Ellen Anderson and this guy isn't my best ram, but he's got nice fleece and pretty markings. His brother had wider horns and was a little bigger in size. He was black badger/mouflon like his mother. I love this little guys eyebrows though!!

I just had to add a picture of "Cotton". She is Flopsy's ewe lamb and has fused horns on one side. Her wool

is longer than most of mine and she's lilac. I plan to keep her, despite her horns. I love her mother's fleece and want Cotton to replace her eventually.

Here are pictures of some ram lambs. The one that's not 100% in focus is the one we plan to use this fall. He is from Ellen Anderson in Pennsylvania. She has one of my Icelandic ram lambs now. He has exceptionally soft wool. I thought mine were soft until I felt this guy. His mother is 4 horned so I hope to get a variety of lambs from him next spring. He has a pinkish look because it is dusk when the picture was taken and he also came from a farm with red clay.
The other picture, taken last fall, is of Moonstruck Pluto. He is the father of all my 2009 Jacob lambs. He came from a flock of sheep owned by Rafael Rodriguez, but I registered him. Rafael buys registered sheep, but does not register. He has some of my ewes, but Pluto is not related to my sheep, at least within 3 or 4 generations. I really liked Pluto because of his majestic carriage and size. He has really strong horns and nice markings. His wool is good and he behaved well. and only missed breeding one ewe once he was put out with them. I sold him after using him to Vikki Ely, near Mount Vernon, OH. I was happy with his lambs overall. I was pleasantly surprised to find that he carries lilac as well.
In the picture you can see that he's almost as tall as an adult ewe - Moonstruck Flopsy.

This is Sweet Pea's other lamb - a lilac ram. He seemed to be coming out very nice and I had considered keeping him, but his horns are too close on the right side so I doubt he will be registerable with JSBA.

Our other 4 horned ewe lamb is "Sara." We had tried to bottle feed her a little as her mother is old and has a problem udder and we lost Sarah's sister Amelia. Sarah's Mother is Moonstruck Thistle and is pictured. She is lilac and blue-eyed and very sweet, but is a high maintenance mother now that she's older - She's 9 this year.

Here are some pictures of Sweet Pea's ewe lamb. She is one of the best 4 horned ewe lambs we have this year. Sweet Pea is in the picture with the lamb grazing. Sweet Pea has the strongest side horns in my flock and a large ewe who has been a very reliable mother. I really like the markings on this ewe lamb and her top horns are going back nicely and are well-spaced.
This is Moonstruck Orchid. This year she ended up having a Jacob/Icelandic cross lamb. Last year she had triplets.

Here is Hazel's other lamb. She is a lot like her brother in that she has nice wool and is two-horned.

Here are some pictures of our two-horned ram lamb. He is wet in these pictures so it makes his wool look a little funny. His mother is Moonstruck Hazel, who has excellent fleece and is and very dependable ewe. She has 4 horns, but this year she had two 2-horned lambs.

This is another view of our black 4-horned ram lamb, grazing alongside his mother, Moonstruck Marilyn.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I took a lot of pictures tonight. It was after a rain, but the light seemed good and the sheep were calm. I'll try to get a selection of our lambs up over the next few days.

We have several nice Jacob lambs that will be for sale. As of today, the best looking four-horned ram lamb is our black lamb out of Moonstruck Marilyn. He broke the tip off on the left side but it's growing back well. He's very well marked and comes from a line of reliable mothers. His grandmother is my most productive ewe, Hazel. His mother and grandmother also have soft fleeces for spinning.