Monday, September 26, 2011


... photos from yesterday AND

Sales update:
Fall Sale
Dessie's twins, kat ram and dark moorit ewe
Peep's black and white ram lamb
Violet's grey ram lamb
Prices are $250 for one, $400 for a pair, $100 each as unregistered

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011


I visited the local fiber festival this weekend, dropped off some fleeces to be processed, ran into fellow breeders and fiber enthusiast, and saw some beautiful animals.  Different in the focus of their breeding maybe but all beautiful Shetlands none the less.  The best part was coming home and knowing that what is in my pastures suit my purposes very well.  Not indiscriminately but very intentionally.  Not necessarily logically to the outside perspective but completely logical to me.

The fiber festival had to share the weekend with my other favorite fall event:  The New York Morgan Horse Show.  My friend called me 58 days before the show and said get your horse ready and come with me.  Although my first instinct was that I didn't have enough time, I decided to try to pull if off to be with my friends.  Long and the short it was not enough time and I ended up scratching from my classes after one that could have ended tragically but luckily did not. My horse was showing signs of suffering pain.  Now finding her source of pain...farrier, chiropractor, saddle fitter, all lined up to help me sort it out.  Vet didn't find anything when I had her up before the show.  I suspect back pain due to unbalanced shoeing and possible hoof pain for the same reason.
 Finn has been fixed and has a broken toe (from chasing the cat), poor guy feeling under the weather.  Started his bird dog training previously though and he is a natural!
Did you know that a red sex link second generation of being crossed, reverse their colors, the roos being red and the hens white?  The lone chicken I got from my friend's child's class is actually a rooster.  Crowing and all!  These two are the same approximate age.  Note the differences.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Final Four

This ram is looking for a flock of his own!   There are only four available registered lambs for sale this fall left.  Dessie's twins.  Which I can't believe are still available as you know they will carry those crazy spots of hers!
 Peanut's black ewe lamb, which I would not be heart broken to have to keep.  She is the softest black lamb of the entire lamb crop.
 Then we have Peep's exceptional black and white ram lamb.  He is maturing into a really nice ram.  He was looked at over the weekend and may be going to a new flock soon.  Six generations back on his pedigree he is related to the flock he may join so it depends if the flock owner wants something 100% unrelated.  I am keeping his solid moorit (maybe modified) twin brother as you know I  am still tinkering with those elusive modified colors.  However this ram is the better ram overall. 
Other sales updates.  Carmel's black and white ram lamb sold this weekend.  The grey kat with the long tail and the mystery gully half poll am unsure what to do with.  They may go to the butcher this fall or  be wethered and wintered over.  I will sell either/ both at a deep discount without papers if you want to give them a home to save them from the table.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Three ewe lambs sold today only 2 more available...

 Cotton Candy's F2 ewe lamb (check out the praying manthis on her in this picture) is sold.  She and Pearl's and Opal's ewe lambs have a wonderful new shepherdess.  Pearl will be staying the season and will be rebred to Neville.  I do love my pretty Pearl even though she pretends she doesn't like me, I know she secretly does.
So Dessie and Peanut's ewe lambs are still for sale, as well as some really handsome ram lambs.  Dessie's ewe and Peep's ram would make a nice breeding pair as would Peanut's ewe and Dessie's ram.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Burdock Magnets

 Who me?
 What?  Not me, those are thistles!  Oh like that is any better!
 It was the moorit ram lambs idea he said who ever had the most wins!
 Boys will be boys!
 Father and son...ram lamb is for sale.
 Katmoget ram lamb has just a few burdocks.
 Really I am totally innocent...hey I heard a rumor I might have a small group of ewes this fall.  Is that true?  Really?  I promise no more burdocks or thistles for me. 
 Me too.  I heard I might have a few too!
 Hmpf, the shepherd lady said I have to wait till next year. 
 This handsome fellow is looking for a flock of his own. 
 Neville gets the majority of the ewes this fall before he, Sprinkles, and Cotton Candy leave for their new flock.  Pearl is being retained after all and will be added to his group this fall.  See Pearl has a thing about dogs, and the home she was going to was planning to get a LGD, well Pearl would not have that! Therefore she will stay for the season.  Her ewe lamb, Opal's ewe lamb, and one other leave for their new home on Thursday.  Pearl's ram lamb finally made it to the Cape this weekend.  Thanks Veronica!
"Oh by the way I won the burdock game, I am just saying," says Neville

Friday, September 2, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

I have been trying to get this ram lamb on the right to Cape Cod all summer to no avail.  So before any final travel plans are made or abandoned I wanted to let Veronica (and others) have a few last views of some options.  So Peep's son is on the left and Pearl's on the right.  Both handsome guys, horns looking very good.  Both F2 Heights Orion.  Intermediate or more of a longer staple fleecce.  Both HST with nice tails.  Peep's friendly, Pearls reserved...much like their moms.  Neville is a laid back very calm ram.

 Here he is with Zeus and Dessie's son in the background.  That katmoget ram is also so for sale.
 As is Dessie's daughter shown here with her mom.  She is so dark moorit!  The black ewe lamb of Peanut and Neville's, another F2 Heights Orion is also still available.  Will carry moorit from her mom, not sure about spots, possible but not definite.
 Cotton Candy's F2 ewe lamb with the krunet will carry spots.  She is a big ewe lamb.  She will also carry moorit and possibly the modifier.
 Here is she again on the right, standing on a railroad tie but still she is surrounded by yearlings and adults...Peanut's ewe lamb is the other black sheep in the photo.
 And had to include Neville and the ram lambs in their new location, enjoying fresh grazing and browse.  Many beautiful ram lambs still available.  Puppies, adult sheep, a few goats, all sold... now to move the rest of the lambs before winter.  If you see anything you like be sure to inquire!  Discounts on multiple purchases.  Still about 10 over my target number for winter.   Unfortunately for my sheep my next door neighbor is a meat processor and owns his own plant. He is always asking if I have any available. Those boys are way too nice to meet that fate but I can't winter over 10 rams.  Now is the time to go ram shopping for fall!
 Two more photos for Veronica...Pearl's first then Peep's: