Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fleece and sheep

Bing's fall fleece (Sommarang Challis x Sheltering Pines Bug)

Bing's butt, note the crimpy "purse"  (Rams in the background do NOT meet my fleece type criteria.)

Some of the ladies with Abe the alpaca and Dolly the llamas in the background

Bianca (now 9 months old) on the left during a rare moment of inactivity and old man John looking grateful for the peace and quiet.

Friday, September 21, 2012

I love surprises

I had a fellow Shetland breeder inquire about one of my ram lambs yesterday and I gathered the boys to get photos and fleece shots, I found this..........
Pearl Jam's fleece is mioget!  And I thought I had another moorit boy. 
Front view of PJ

 Pearl Jam (PJ) is a Lil' Country Bee Sting X Sheltering Pines Bug ram lamb that was born about a month later than the rest of the lambs.  Bee Sting was exposed to Bug about 1 month later than my flock at Juliann's house during the month of December. (she was leasing Bug)  She was only with him about 2 weeks, so the neither of us were really expecting to see a lamb from the exposure, but true to Bug's hyperactive tendencies, he got the job done.   He's smaller than the other rams, but he sure doesn't take any crap from any of them, and he's turning out to be a really awesome little ram, I am looking forward to watching him mature because he just keeps getting better. 
Lovely color, abundance of fine organized crimp and nice staple length and virtually nothing on his head for horn growth.  Now let's hope the little guy will roo in the spring too. 
Shows his lack of horns.......just itsy bitsy chips. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pure goofiness

Marie and Garrett

Mike and I

Imagine Garrett singing ....."We are family.........I got all my sisters and me".

L to R: Corinne, me, Marie, Garrett and Kim

Sometimes you just have to resort to pure silliness, and for some reason, that happens a lot when this bunch gets together. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Kids.......and sheep at MSSBA show

Andrew Tobey and his 1st place ewe lamb

Clara and Maegan Snow.......I think Clara is losing some of her patience here.

Clara in the costume class........I loved this costume idea.

Clayton Mahlkuch and his ram lamb. Bing

Noah and Christian Reisetter (Jane Zeien's grandson's) in the pair of ewe lambs class. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

WSWF 2012.......another great year

Where do I start?  This year was my first as show chair for MSSBA and I have so many people to thank, that I'm afraid I'll forget someone.  But here goes........
Thank you to my show committee: Garrett Ramsay, Corinne Rasso, Kim Nikolai, Maureen Koch, and Chris Greene.  You guys are awesome.
Thank you to Juliann Budde for being our announcer, Maureen for being Ring Steward, Maegan Snow for tackling the sometimes confusing job of checking in the class entries and getting placings as the exhibitors left the ring.  Thank you to Marie and Corinne for taking photos and getting pizza for Friday night, the photographer that judged the fleece competition, the our fleece and sheep judge, Letty Klein, our handmade competition judge, Kathy Olmstead.   Thanks to to Penny and Alicia Becker for their help, Chris and Alan Greene for the very nice talk on Flett sheep and AI processes,  to Kim and Bob Nikolai, Theresa and Jeff Gygi for their help.  A special thank you to my husband, Mike,  for the million and one things he did for me over the past week and especially this weekend.  I know showing isn't his "thing", but he sucked it  up and hit the show ring with me this year.  I have no idea what I'd do without this wonderful man in my life. 
Special thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers, without you, the show could not happen.    Thanks to our exhibitors, for traveling and making this show successful.  If I've missed anyone, it is not intentional, so please forgive me. 

Some pictures and placings............more to follow.

Reserve Champion Ram
1st Place Ram Lamb
1st Place Pair of Ram Lambs
OK Acres Ringo
Ringo and I


 Reserve Supreme Champion
Champion Ewe
1st Place Senior Ewe
Sommarang Elise
And Gavin Snow
Gavin, Letty Klein (judge) and Elise
Reserve Champion Ewe
Sheltering Pines Classique
Garrett Ramsay
Garrett, Letty Klein (judge) and Classique    
And drum roll please.............the Supreme Grand Champion is........................

Under The Son Coberg
Champion Ram
1st Place Yearling Ram
Supreme Grand Champion
Theresa Gygi and Coberg

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....