Tuesday, August 03, 2010

My favorite time of year

My favorite time of year is quickly approaching.........Fall and time to put sheep into breeding groups.  This year, I'm particularly anxious, as all my research hours have bear fruit for me and I've managed to find some of the new blood I've been looking to add to my flock.   Patience has never been one of my strongest virtues, so waiting for spring lambs in 2011 is going to test me like no other prior year.  Could I ask for nicer rams than Bug and Tucker? I'm  not sure that I can, and hence the reason for my excitement.  And if that wasn't enough to get my blood churning, I managed to get a few lovely ewes to add to my flock too.
I'm not a competitive person, but all this excitement has me considering hitting the show ring in the near future.  Not so that I can win, but so I can get some feedback from my peers and the judge.  We all have a tendency to be a bit more bias regarding our own preferences in anything, why should sheep be any different? Some features or colors are just more appealing than others, it's that simple.  So, to keep me honest and heading down the correct path, I feel I need to at least explore the idea of showing.  
Now that I've found out just how great the shetland folks can be, I have no doubt that I can move forward and the generosity I've always experienced will spill over into that venue as well.  I have no illusions, I know that generosity can be tough to come by in a show ring, but I hope that once it's all over, we can all be open to the help or input from our fellow shetland lovers.
Now, if this oppressive heat and humidity could just STOP!  Who wants to teach a sheep to lead when it's this hot?
I've got 2 very nice black ram lambs with lovely, dense, crimpy fleecem out of Lil Country Velma (black) and OK Acres Murdock (moorit), One has a perfect tail, the other is ok, bite is good on both.......for sale.  Willing to let them go reasonably in order to move them to a good home.  Best fleeces of any of my lambs this year.  You can view their pedigrees under Flock#1774.  OK Acres Victor and OK Acres Vaughn. 
This kind of a bad picture of them as lambs, but will try to get outside tonight to get some decent ones. 

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