Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How to choose?

Well it may take a little bit for me to decide who I am keeping this year.  I had really wanted a nice white ewe lamb to keep.  I got 6 to choose from.  And when they look like this:
 Or this:
How do you pick? 
Leaves me thinking of sayings such as:
 Too much of a good thing?  Careful what you wish for?  Everything in moderation.  Pick a saying, all apply!  While it may take me a while, one thing is for sure, there will be some very nice white lambs for sale this year.  Please inquire if you are interested.  UK genetics - F2 Drum Jings

Monday, April 29, 2013

Meet Mapleton Seneca

 Seneca is the sire of the handsome ram lamb in last post, and three beautiful ewe lambs.  He is a yearling F2 Heights Orion (Swiftriver Neville X Can Too Sky).  He is available for sale, as are all the yearling rams.  All ram lambs are also for sale this year too, as I think I am going to take next lambing season off (if possible).  With that being said, if anyone is left come fall, I may put just a few ewes in a breeding group.  However, I am hoping all you nice followers help me out, and scoop up some of these handsome rams while supplies last!  Here are some more photos of Seneca after shearing, excuse his bad hair cut.

 Here are his ewe lambs from this year!

 Oh and a few more photos of Seneca:


It's a Wrap!

Well had our last lamb of the season at Mapleton Farm during the overnight hours.  A HUGE single ram lamb.  He is a spotted fawn katmoget, born to Mapleton Artemis "Missy" a fawn gul/kat first time mom.  His dad is Mapleton Seneca, a moorit and white yearling F2 Heights Orion ram.  I think this ram is going to have unbelievable fleece.  I am looking forward to watching him grow.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Three more lambs!

Yesterday, both Quechee and Cappy had their lambs.  Cappy a fawn spotted katmoget, bred to Seneca, a moorit HST ram.  She had a ewe lamb...that is mostly...wait for it...WHITE!  Okay, seriously!  She is genetically a fawn katmoget, covered by a lot of white spotting.  She is a cutie!

Then you have Quechee's twins, finally a little color...maybe both modified.  In the form of....wait for it...RAMS!  Okay not laughing, but who could be upset about these two healthy beautiful ram lambs?  These two from a gulmoget mom that has a polled dad, and half polled sire, may be full or half polled.  Have to wait and see if they have any horn growth.
So I have some stunning colorful ram lambs and yearling lambs that will be for sale.  One yearling white ram, and a whole bunch of white ram and ewe lambs.  Other ewes or ewe lambs may be available after we look at our numbers and make our selections.  Not sure which ewe or ewe lambs will be available yet, but know there will be some white ones, as I can't keep them all.  UK genetics with Drum Jings and Heights Orion in the mix.  One left to lamb...my fawn gul/kat, bred to Seneca.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lamb races! And counting sheep...

How many white lambs do I have?  Well let's try to count:
 Did I count these?  Wait one is a white SPOT!
 Yep, that one not really white...grey or black.


 I give up...lots of white lambs.  Email me if you are the need of one...
 The HST rams are adorable!
 The hold outs.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Olympia has her lambs - twin ewes

Can you guess what color they are? 

Yep, white.

That is the last ewe to lamb that was bred to ABA Lava AI this year.  The count:  2 HST ram lambs, 2 white ram lambs, and white ewe lambs...I lost count...7 I think...I should count again.  So if you are looking for UK genetics in the form of a white ewe, or ram for that matter, with super soft fleece, we have what you are looking for.  The HST rams are stunning too.  I think I should be careful what I wish for.  I wanted a really nice white ewe lamb, I never had a true white Shetland in my flock, so I bought a stunning white ram.  I also used to think that if all my lambs were white, I would have less sheep, picking would be easier then.  Not the case!  I think choosing will be particularly hard this year.  They are all so beautiful!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Opal's Twins

Opal finally had her twins last night.  She was HUGE and had two good size twins in a textbook delivery. The spottie is a ram.  Not sure what color he is, not black and don't think he is moorit.  Lava (white), with a fawn kat mother, is his dad. Opal is a fawn kat with a grey mother.  So this lamb could be?   Any thoughts?  He is sort of non descript, like the dressing room on Downton Abbey, in different light I change my mind to what color I think it is.

The ewe lamb is....yes...white.  Today was their first outing and the ewe lamb was not so sure about the wide world.  I only left them out for a little while I watched them as they were less than 24 hours old.

Opal is an excellent mother.
Only 4 more to go!  Time to do a barn check.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Other first outing photos

Still waiting on the last five to lamb!  In the meantime, thought I would share some more photos of the lambs' first outing:

Yesterday most stayed close to their moms...today lamb races began and I didn't have my camera with me!