Thursday, April 09, 2015

Lambapalooza 2015

It seems I've fallen behind with my lamb posts.  The last several days have been a bit crazy and I'm a walking zombie after yesterday's busy schedule.  I took the day off to have the vet come out and draw blood for OPP and Johnnes testing, then had a meeting in Brodhead, doctor appointment in the afternoon and then had to shear 3 rams that are going to the freezer today.  Since yesterday morning, 5 ewes had lambs and one of them was a gal that prolapsed 2 weeks ago, she had 2 lovely lambs about 6:30 pm and is doing well but I'm still watching her closely.

Here are the last several lambs to hit the ground.

Alabama x Khan gave me a single moorit ewe with minor head spotting

Catherine x Danby gave me 2 ewes, a black w/ minor head spotting and a black flecket (yuglet)

Cherish x Kennsington gave me 2 ewes, grey kat and fawn kat.  (spot carriers)

Seneca x Einstein gave me a moorit smirslet ewe and a black flecket (yuglet) ram

Seneca x Einstein Black flecket ram

Ellie Mae x Kennsington gave me a dark grey kat ewe and a fawn kat ram

Shania x Khan gave me this smirslet fawn kat ewe

Angel x Danby gave me a lovely set of ewe lambs, a flecket (yuglet) and one that is almost entirely white except for a fawn spot under her tail adn some dark spots on her legs.  She is one giant spot over that katmoget marking. 

Irish Mist x Danby gave me 2 stunning rams, this one that is dark grey with a krunet and some white bands on his ankles and a totally white tail.

Irish Mist x Danby's 2nd ram lamb, with a large krunet, some white spots on his ankles and a white tip on his tail.

Bee Sting x Danby gave me two ewe lambs, a lovely moorit krunet

Bee Sting x Danby's other ewe is a moorit flecket

Attina x Khan gave me a lovely black smirslet flecket ram

Attina x Khan black krunet ewe
I am pretty happy with the lambs so far, several are stand outs for me at this point, but I won't be too quick to judge since they can change as the mature.  I see little signs of what they will be as they grown and that has me pretty excited about his group.  I know I have 1 smooth polled ram so far, will see how the others develop. 

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Google Maps Flasher

Ok, now I've seen and heard it all......

It seems that there was a lady in Australia that aspired to get on the street view of Google Maps with her boobs showing and it seems as though she has accomplished her goal.   If we could just get some people to show this much ambition and initiative to be gainfully employed we'd really have something!!!  (no necessarily her, but the able bodied, non-working population)

Just click the link below for the WHOLE story and photo.  

Google Maps Flasher link

And now it appears as if Google has to pay this flasher for showing her breasts! 

Judges rules against Google


Have a great day all and keep those girls covered up!!!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Lambing has started

Monday morning kicked off 2015 lambing this year with Sierra giving me a truly lovely moorit smirslet sokket ram lamb that appears to be a smooth polled boy.  (He has large divets in his skull where horns would normally appear)  This little guy made his entrance about 12 am on Sunday.

He hasn't told me his name yet, although I gotten some good suggestions that follow my naming theme this year.....Cars!

OK Acres Sierra x OK Acres Einstein

 Next is my resident lamb stealer, Garnet.  When the ole estrogen starts flowing and another ewe has lambs, she's relentless is her attempts to take one, which she was trying to do with Sierra but failed because Sierra is such a great mother.  I was pleased that Garnet decided to have a nice set of moorit (possilby modified) rams at about 7:30 am that same morning.  Still wet in this photo. 
Wintertime Garnet x OK Acres Einstein-the lighter of the two has some minor krunet on his head. 

Today's offering was a lovely set of twins from Anais when I went home at lunch to check on the sheep.  Both are large lambs, one is a black horned ram and the other is a spotted (body spots will likely fade as she grows) grey katmoget ewe.  This set of twins is still wet too. 

Sheltering Pines Anais Anais x OK Acres Einstein
I'm expecting Alabama to lamb next or possibly Ellie. 

Happy Lambing everyone. 

2015 Mature ewe micron results

I'm doing a multi-year comparison by sheep of my micron results starting in 2012 and I'm seeing changes where I think I should see changes.  For example:  Catherine was a bit under conditioned last winter, and the added strain of carrying twins at her age didn't help.  This year I made sure to constantly monitor her body condition and we supplemented her with grain.  There are also some differences in feed and pasture conditions from one year to the next.  This year's fleece results reflect the lusher pastures of last summer and the increased in alfalfa in our hay that we've been feeding.  Some of the yearlings from last year were on a lots that ran out of grass a bit sooner than the big pasture and I see the difference in that too.  All things that are interesting to track and which makes micron testing another tool to help us in our quest for answers determining how feed, climate and genetics affect our fiber quality.  It's not the only way to determine the quality of a fleece, but it's an additional one. 

If anyone would like to see my yearly fleece spreadsheet, just send me a private message and I'd be happy to share.  No secrets here.......just baffling data.  (big grin)

If you can't read the data, just click on the spreadsheet to bigify. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2015 Micron data for Yearlings and Mature Rams

This is all the yearlings, rams and ewes with their date of birth to the right of their registration numbers and their names to the left of that number.  Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the results, but since I have to get the ewe group down 6 total, there will be a few for sale from this group. 

This shows my mature ram results, nothing to complain about here.  Elvis is still for sale, as I've used him 2 years and have a lot of his offspring already.  If he doesn't sell.........well, I think you know what happens, which I don't want to do, but I will not sell a ram of his caliber for peanuts.  His offspring in the yearling results above are some of my best fleeced animals.  If someone is looking for a fine fleece ram with good structure, smooth polled and he can produce quality lambs to boot..........give me a call.
Click to biggify the images.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Short Folks and Plow Trucks

Some things just make you smile without doing much of anything.  Landon is one of those little folks that makes me smile just because he "is".  After a really rough start in life, which included open heart surgery at 3 months old, there is not a trace of him slowing down now.  Landon is bright, busy, very-very busy and full of more energy than you can shake a stick at.  His grandpa, Hollis, comes out to where I work to get some of my happy chicken eggs and brings Landon, he only does this because he knows how much joy it brings me to see Landon, even for a few moments.   So this is a big thank you to Hollis for knowing how much I enjoy those visits and a way to show off this amazing little guy sitting in a plow truck that we are fixing in our shop. 

He lights up the room with his smiles.

Landon "driving" the plow truck today............

Landon 2 years ago at Christmas time

And Landon in Jan.....2 years ago......what a difference 2 years can make in a child's life.  

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Kidnapping fat people and love notes

I felt this little minion-im was appropriate for my "winter weight" justification.  Kidnapping generally is inspired by some form of payment or reward after the return of the kidnappee, so I'm not sure I was every really in any danger of being kidnapped. o man is it ever a relief to be ubber protected.

And just as proof that I have the world's best's one of the many sweet notes he leaves me.  This one was left as he went off to drive milk truck for the day, one of his many jobs he does after he's done working 40 hours at his main job.    I am blessed and he is a good man.  (and yes, I tell him all the time)

That's all I have for's a slow week.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Day 12 & 13

After boarding the train for Bristol, finally sorting out how we were going to Lesley's place, spending a perfectly delightful evening with Lesley and seeing her lovely, lovely flock...we were once again loading our luggage into a vehicle to spend the last few days of our UK trip with Maurice and Gilly Wakeling.  Maurice and Gilly had generously offered their home for the final 3 days of our stay so that they could drive us around to several UK breeders in the Somerset area and South of England.
Of coarse it rained quite a bit during our stay in the south, but we had enough breaks to get our hands on a couple hundred sheep!   I could not get over how green it was there in mid to late October, I could get used to 11 months of grazing for my critters.
Maurice had chosen a delightful cider maker/store where they still press the apples and store the hard cider in wooden casks.  The retail portion of the establishment had several kegs behind the counter for varying types of hard cider that included sweet, semi-sweet, dry, champagne style etc., there was no reason not to try all of them.  I am a big fan of the cider in the UK.

One of our stops was Heather Chapman and her lovely flock of Gulmogets (and some Katmogets).  Heather was a great sport about letting us paw through her sheep despite the rainy weather.  
Some of Heather Chapman's gulmoget ewes

A lovely fawn katmoget ram

Some of Heather's ewe lambs
The lane leading to Heather's was so beautiful........

Right to left: Maurice, Gilly and Heather
Mature Chapman ewes

 Another eye popping flock we got to visit and drool over belongs to Jean Curtis.  Jean is one of the sweetest ladies, sharp, funny and a very successful Shetland sheep breeder.  And a fine baker of cakes as we were to find out a bit later.  Another generous soul that too time out of her busy day to entertain us, show us her flock and then give us our fill of tea and cakes.  
One of our favorite katmoget ewes belonging to Jean Curtis.  (amazing flock of Shetland sheep at Jean's)
Jean Curtis' ewe

Some of Jean's girls on pasture

Jean with her ewe flock.  She has rubber mats under that straw, so her gals have some comfy digs

Another stunning Katmoget of Jean's.

A closer look at the wonderful badger face on one of Jean's ewes

A sampling of Jean's awards

Mike (my hubby) Garrett in the back Me and Jean in the front.  More of her many, many awards behind us.

Friday, January 09, 2015

From Carlisle to Bristol train station.....then

Jenny loaded us all up and we headed to the Carlisle train station.  The train took us to Bristol and there we had a bit on confusion concerning which of the 2 train stations we were to meet Lesley Beazer and ended up there for about 3 hours before it got all hashed out.  Sue Watson generously volunteered Tim's services and he picked us up and whisked us off to Lesley's house for an amazing meal with Maurice & Gilly Wakeling, Sue Watson, our hero, Tim and Lesley.  
Carlisle train station-lovely place.

Garrett being a seasoned British traveler waiting for our train

Lesley Beazer.......Here we come!
I loved Lesley's home.  
We really like this oil stove.  The top has griddles where you simply remove the cover on the griddle and toast bread or place your pot for cooking, make grilled cheese........the possibilities are endless.  They don't use these in the summer as the oil stays heated continually and that would make it too warm in the home, so there's a conventional electric range to the left of this one.  Lesley had hundreds of rosettes and awards from showing her sheep hanging all around her home, you can just see some of them hanging along a beam in her kitchen. 

Lesley with a few of her ewes

A simply stunning grey kat ram lamb

More ram lambs
Moorit ram fleece shot
Grey kat fleece shot

Some of the adult ewes

Ewe lambs

Yummy grey fleece

A nice shaela fleece
Next stop............Somerset with Maurice and Gilly and visits with Jean Curitis, Mary Gibbings and Heather Chapman a day trip to the Shetland Sheep Societies JIP meeting, dining in a castle, visiting Stonehenge and more.......all done in the R.A.I.N!!!! 

Mike and I

Mike and I
Mike and I at Nick and Emily's wedding

Raised beds & chickens coops

Raised beds & chickens coops
Can't wait for this stuff to actually be food....