Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Second wave of lambs.........cuteness alert

Duchess x Kennsington with her twin ewe lambs from 4/14/16.

Salicional's grey katmoget ram and black ewe (possibly modified) from 4/11/15, sire is Danby (loving Danby's offspring, he's staying!!!)

And my last purebred Shetland ewe, Sarafina,  had a really lovely moorit krunet ram lamb on 4/21/14, his sire is Khan

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. 

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....