I’m excited to introduce two new rams to the flock this season. It will also be the first time the Babydoll x Finn Sheep ewes will lamb. Watching the combination of traits from those two breeds has been fun – the fleece is growing at more than 150% of the Babydolls in staple length and they are definitely closer to adult size than a comparable aged Babydoll (= faster maturing) and will be bred, while Bashful (pure Babydoll) will not be. ALL of the flock is RR at Codon 171. The flock is registered (NABSSAR) Babydoll Southdown unless other wise noted below.
The predominantly off-white group:
Squash is the man! He’s 2.5 years old and 23 inches at the shoulders. He’s relatively mellow but definitely manly in build. Nice back line and with well positioned and shaped legs. He was just sheared this September so is less woolly than the rest of the flock.
Nina (daughter of Claire) is 3.5 years old, 22 inches tall. Clear faced with strong back line, her fleece has consistently longer staple length. Nina produced a great set of twins (Brea, in background, and Bro) in 2016. She is very friendly and this is transferred to her offspring by greater socialization opportunities. Reserved: ram lamb (LD) SORRY, NO RAM Reserved: ram lamb (AST) SO SORRY! Reserved: ewe lamb (KJ)
D. O. B. 03/27/2017
MN6805-0044 Charlotte KJ
Olivia (daughter of Claire) is 2.5 years old and 22 inches tall. She consistently produces longer-stapled fleeces. She had twins this last spring – one, Bonita, was the absolute cutest ewe lamb ever. I’m hoping for more of the same in 2107! Reserved: ram lamb (back-up) by LD from IL. Reserved: ram lamb (AST) 2nd choice > see Sara. Reserved ewe AG (back-up)
MN6805-0051 Caleb LD
MN6805-0052 Carla AG
Sara (daughter of Iris) is also 2.5 years old and 22 inches tall. She has a fuzzier face than the other off-white ewes, but doesn’t get wool blind. Sweet Sara was a bottle baby. Reserved ewe AG back-up to Audrey. PPF will retained ewe if AG gets desired ewe from Audrey. Reserved ram (AST) back-up to Nina/Olivia.
D. O. B. 03/27/2017
MN6805-0046 Cassandra AG
MN6805-0047 Casper AST
Audrey (granddaughter of Hattie) will be 2 years old at lambing and 20 inches tall (probably not quite at mature height). She is open-faced and from a black mother. I expect just a single from her. Reserved ewe AG.
Brea (daughter of Nina) was just born in 2016, but being Babydoll x Finn Sheep (registered with FBA) I am optimistically expecting twins her first season. Her Finn father was brown, a highly sought after color – rare in Finns and absent in Babydolls. She is already 21 inches at the shoulders. BECAUSE THESE LAMBS WILL NOT BE REGISTERABLE WITH FINNSHEEP BREEDING ASSOCIATION (LESS THAN 50% FINNSHEEP), EWES AND INTACT MALES WILL BE SOLD FOR $100 LESS THAN THE BABYDOLL PRICES. Ewe lamb will be retained. Ram KJ (back-up).
MN6805-0048 Carson KJ
MN6805-0049 Caroline KJ
And in the other pen. . .
Bucko is a spunky little 2016 black ram lamb from Fullers in South Dakota and already hard at work. He has a very open face and square set legs. He’s not reached mature height yet.
Claire will be 6 years old at lambing time and is 22 inches tall. She’s still reigning lead ewe – though seems to be challenged on occasion by her first born daughter, Nina. Because of the increased demand for colored lambs, I’m breeding her to Bucko so her daughters can be bred for either color, depending on the sire’s color genetics. She’s one pretty ewe! First ewe to be retained. Reserved ewe lamb AG. NO EWES for either me or AG. BUMMER!
MN6805-0043 Cedric CB
Fergie will also be 6 years old at lambing and is 22 inches tall. She’s one of my 2 foundation black ewes. She’s fuzzy faced and has a heavy fleece that is fading beautifully.
MN 6508-0037 Cambria D.O.B. 3/16/17 SOLD N&SJ (in red)
MN 6508-0038 Candace D.O.B. 3/16/17 SOLD N&SJ (in purple)
Hattie will be 6 years old and is 22 inches tall. She has a gorgeous, faded gray fleece that trends towards the shorter staple lengths. A great mom, she has consistently twinned, except for her first lambing. She’s not social and this, too, gets transferred to her lambs as they aren’t brought to me for scratching and treats. This can easily be overcome in their new home, however.
MN6508-0040 Calista (a.k.a. Gina) Ewe KJ
Tammy (granddaughter of Fergie) will be 3 at lambing and is 21 inches tall. In spite of her smaller stature, she had one of the heaviest black fleeces last spring. In the picture on the right below, she’s just had her face wool trimmed. Tammy went to fiber events with me her first year and is a friendly young lady.
MN6805-0041 Carly To be retained by PPF
Adrien (daughter of Fergie) will be 2 at lambing and is already 22 inches tall. She’s fuzzy faced and fading slightly already. I’m expecting a single lamb from her in 2017, her first breeding. She has the slickest ears of my pure-bred girls. SOLD to CB
MN6805-0050 Cecelia CB
Becka (daughter of Tammy) is my black Babydoll x Finn Sheep ewe lamb from 2016 (registered with FBA). I’m hoping for twin black lambs inheriting her lovely fleece. She show’s no signs of fading, but she’s still young. She has the same brown sire as her half-sister, Brea. BECAUSE THESE LAMBS WILL NOT BE REGISTERABLE WITH FINNSHEEP BREEDING ASSOCIATION, EWES AND INTACT MALES WILL BE SOLD FOR $100 LESS THAN THE BABYDOLL PRICES. Ram lamb will be retained. KJ see Brea…
MN6805-0053 Carlos PPF
Summary of reservations placed: (Color coding: Red = first choice, Blue = back-up, Black = tentative (deposit not yet received)
Off-White (lambs) Ram1 Ram2 Ewe1 Ewe2
LD AST KJ KJ BORN 3/27
AST AG — BORN 4/1
Sara AST — AG
PPF BORN 3/27
Audrey (1?)*** —
AG — BORN 4/12
Brea (BDS x FS)* KJ(W) — KJ — BORN 3/30
PPF AG BORN 3/26
Fergie — — N&SJ N&SJ BORN 3/16
Hattie — KJ — BORN 3/18
Tammy — — PPF — BORN 3/20
Adrien (1?) — — CB — BORN 3/30
Becka (BDS x FS)* PPF(W)
KJ(W) — — BORN 4/8
As of 4/12/17 . Only 3 lambs are unspoken for, all rams: Claire’s Cecil, Hattie’s Calvin, and Audrey’s Caesar.
*Not registerable with FBA (only 1/4 Finn)
**Lambs WILL carry black gene (Tee hee they ARE black, surprise!)
***Lamb MAY carry black gene