Thursday, March 1, 2012

To Do...

lambing supply order
paper work
seed ordering
lambing prep
fence repair
Maple sugaring (if conditions permit, maybe not happening this year)
begin to come up with my sales list...

 I plan to sell 8 adult or yearling ewes, and all yearling rams.  I am trying to keep a balance of colors and patterns.  I am attached to them all at this point so I have to try to keep emotions out of it.  Plain and simple, I need less sheep and I decided that this the last year for a full lambing for a while.  Maybe only a few bred this fall.  Then we will take a break but I want to keep a nice foundation flock for when I am ready to pick up where we left off. 

Pending the black and white lambs I will get from Neville, I would like to keep a total of two black and white ewes, including to be born lambs.  Some of these fine black and white ewes pictured below may be available.  There is interest in Dessie already as well as her yearling ram.

 Can Too Sky and Mapleton Peep will be available after weaning.  I plan on keeping Sky's lamb and maybe one from Peep.
 Peep's yearling rams are for sale, available anytime.

I also am getting pattern heavy so even though I LOVE all the gully's.  I am willing to part with a few of the yearling ewes and ram.  I will keep one, most likely Quechee's.  I know I really do love my pretty Pearl but if she gives me a ewe lamb again, I will keep the lamb and let her go this year.  Peanut gave me an outstanding moorit F2 ewe last year so I would also be willing keep her and part with Peanut.

This is so hard because I have some really lovely sweet sheep in this group, but here are my thoughts prelambing, subject to change after lambs arrive.
All 2012 lambs (except 3 I really am going to stick to that this year)
All yearling rams
Dessie or Hope or the yearling black and white (likely 2 of the 3, possibly all 3),
Olympia's yearling ewe lamb
Maybe Quechee's gul/kat...she is very tiny but so was Quechee at her age.  Some lines really need that second summer to mature, so I will wait on my final decision on her.  Unless a pet or fiber home is interested in her sooner.


  1. Lots to think about isn't it? I bred only 2 sheep this year and that was only because I needed to keep Ripton occupied and I was "curious" to see what he produces. Life is running wild right now over here is crazy, school/education is just a mess, lots of house & yard work to do. Some of the stuff I have been reading lately on the sheep/breeders is really petty and just leaves a bad taste. Such a shame. Its a good time to just step back and appreciate what you have worked for, for what you have, and think about why you really want your animals. I hope you have a productive spring and a healthy lambing season;)

  2. Thanks for your reply Kristi! Great to hear from you.

  3. My two bred ewes have lambed and if I don't find some homes for sheep this summer, there will be NO breeding here this fall! I'm hoping fleeces sell as well as they did last spring, and have not reason to think they won't. I'd gladly keep a big fiber flock and just sell fleeces, but still have to keep my numbers down for space and feed costs. This economy affects everyone, and I don't see it changing....

  4. Hi Michelle,
    Selling fleeces is something I have to get better at. Yes it certainly does. Congrats on the lambies! I will go over and check them out.