Saturday, June 27, 2015

A word on Pricing

Pricing is something I always struggle with.  So here is my philosophy:  I base my current prices on what I paid for my breeding stock, and what I traditionally have gotten for my sheep.  I always fret when I see "fire" sale pricing for a variety of reasons.  One, everyone has been there at some point and we really shouldn't judge as we all might have a need to do the same someday.  Two, I don't want to undercut fellow breeders that have worked very hard as well.  Three, I don't want to sell myself short.  Four, I want to be fair to my customers.  Five, I want good homes for my Shetlands...these are not culls.  If I was to sell them at bottom prices, I might as well sell them at auction.  But with all those contradictions aside, if you feel you want to make an offer and you can provide a good home, please feel free to make an offer.  All reasonable offers will be considered.  These are healthy, friendly, in many cases proven sheep.  All Shetlands are registered or can be.  If you want a pet or handspinner flock, without papers,  the prices may be less depending on your selection.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Ram lambs for sale.  ALL have some UK genetics (Drum Jings and Heights Orion)  
price $300, $250 if purchased with an unrelated adult ewe.

Ewe lamb for sale, also F3 Drum Jings  $300

I am also willing to part with a few more adult ewes this year.  I  have really have reduced my flock to the very best, but the numbers are still more than I would like to manage at this point.  I don't have a proper herding dog and the unthinkable happened the other day.  My GPS male killed a lamb.  It was heart breaking, one of my favorites of course.  He can jump anything under 5 feet from a stand still.  I am terrified that now that he "got" one we really are going to be in trouble keeping the flock safe.  So my first steps are to reduce my numbers, improve my fencing, and watch him like a hawk.  I have had about five 80 foot trees fall on a fence in every pasture we have over the past 2 years.  With a property that has 1798 printed in the concrete slab in the barn, we have some big old trees, and once they get that big it is just a matter of time.  With each passing storm, I have to make my rounds and make sure they are all still standing.  So with a heavy heart I offer 2 white two year old F2 Drum Jings ewes,  2 Heights Orion ewes (one black the other grey).   I also have a black and a "white spot" that is black based available.  Great opportunity for someone to start (or add to) a very lovely Shetland breeding flock, cross breeding flock, hand spinner's flock, or pet flock.  Multiple purchases qualify for a discount, inquire for pricing, good homes a must.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Lamb count 22

Ram swap anyone?  I will trade any of these handsome rams if you you have a nice unrelated ram for me.  I will keep one ram to use, at this point I don't have a strong preference for which one.  All are very nice looking ram lambs.  All are F2 Drum Jings, two are F3 Heights Orion (moorit and the flecket with more black).

Total two moorit, two black and white flecket, three spotted katmogets


Totals 4 ewe lambs:  one fawn, one moorit, one gulmoget, and one grey flecket.
Cheviot/Shetland Crosses
(except adult shetland ewes in the photo center and left)

7 ewe lambs 4 rams lambs, opposite of the Shetlands so 11 and 11 all together.  11 and 11 Shetland to crosses, and 11 to 11 ewes to rams.  These crosses are very cute.  All are for sale.