Michael Goulet and an assistant made a bit of a splash at the Benton County Fair this week showing Bella and Bliss in the March Lamb division. This is the first time Babydolls had been exhibited at in that county’s fair. Bella landed a second place award and Bliss came in right behind her in third place. Congratulations to Michael for his showmanship and thanks to his mom, Connie, for the image!
As the season shifts into summer, I still need to do some tweaking of the fiber flock’s composition – selling some to enable the purchase of additonal blood lines. I have 3 ewe lambs from this year, one yearling ewe, and my ram from the previous 2 seasons for sale. They are all registered and all with RR genes for the Scrapies susceptibility gene site. Ewes sell for $400 and ram for $300. Slight discount for multiple animal purchases.
Babette and Bashful are twins born 3/19/16.
Babette – sale pending 7/12/16, Bashful will be kept at Prairie Plum Farm.
Bonita was born a twin on 4/3/16. Super cute with distinctive buff-colored stockings. Sale pending 7/12/16.
Abigail was born a twin on 3/24/15. She gave birth to a single this spring. Sale pending 7/12/16.
Winslow bred 1/3 of my ewes last year and 2/3 this year and has produced some very nice offspring. He’s 23″ at the shoulder and is not aggressive.
Interested parties should contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (715) 220-1183 – also read the page on reserving a lamb/adult sheep. I’d love to help you start a flock or enrich one you already have! Babydolls are the BEST!
I’m looking forward to this Saturday’s Spin-In in Decorah, IA. The Oneota Weavers are hosting the Iowa Federation of Weavers and Spinners Conference at the Winneshiek Co. Fairgrounds. I’ll be vending my Babydolls’ wool as raw fleece, rovings, top, batts (quilt and craft sizes), sport yarn, and felting 4-packs.
There are sessions most of the day for Federation members, but the vendor building will be open to the public from 11:30 to 1:30. Any Fiber Fiends among you are invited!
NABSSAR has amended its registration requirements to include hard copy photos of sheep to be registered showing their head and ID tags – preferably the Scrapies farm tags. Taking these gives me a chance to show you-all the cute faces of this season’s lambs.
Mabel, MN March 19, 2016 – To add to the excitement of shearing day, I had two little ewe lambs born this morning to Hattie and Winslow. They are both as black as coal – NOT what I expected from a white ram*. The longer I’m at this it seems the less I know about fleece color genetics. They are darlings – weighing in at 7#11 ounces and 7#4. Mom and daughters are doing very well. I need to start thinking of names starting with B in earnest now. Watch for new arrivals on
*It turns out – Winslow’s dam was black so it makes sense after all. He carries the black gene from her masked by the dominance of the white gene from his sire.
Mabel, MN March 19, 2016 – The wooly ones have been relieved of their fleeces! I had a fine crew of helpers and we got all 15 done in less than 2 hours. Brent Winslow, shearer from Chatfield, MN, braved the snowiness and led the crew. Thanks to Mark, Ken, Carol, Jonya, and Gwen for their help in wrangling the livestock and collecting the fiber. This year I’m storing the fleeces in kraft paper landscape waste bags so the bags can lose moisture even if they are sealed shut to exclude moths. If mice want to make nests in the fluffiness, the paper will be no deterrant, unfortunately.
I have some boys that need new homes. Two rams that have done their duty here and one wether who requires different management practices from the rest of my flock.
Winslow is a 2 year old registered Babydoll Southdown ram NABSSAR#13264 Codon 171 = RR
He is 23″ at the shoulder and off-white from a black dam. He saw limited duty his first year but sired 4 lambs, twins to an adult ewe (ram + ewe) and 2 single ewes to first-time moms. This year he has sired 5 ewe lambs by 3 ewes and counting (more to come as of 3/31/16). His first fleece tested at 26.0 microns. This year’s fleece has not been tested, but raw weight was 6#14oz. Has spunk, but after some correction he no longer challenges me.
Asking price for Winslow is $300 – would trade for an equally good black ram.
Moonshadow is a 3-4 year old Shetland wether.
He has a lovely silver coat that I have been shearing twice a year and it sells quickly. His browsing behavior makes him incompatible with my desire for the sheep to tend my very young orchard. He’s just being a Shetland, but… I’ll sort of miss him – he stays near me when I’m out in the market garden and eats the weeds I toss over the fence to him.
Asking price for Moonshadow is $150. And, no, I don’t want another!
Arlo is a yearling registered Finnsheep ram FSA#27723 Codon 171 = RR
He is brown with white HST markings. He was assigned 3 ewes this breeding season and only one has lambed to date, a single ewe to a first time mama. He is amazingly mellow and loves his ear and neck scritches. No aggression towards me or visitors at all. His breeding behavior is aggressive – he was servicing Tammy within 5 minutes of being placed in her pen.
Asking price for Arlo is $250 – would trade for another brown registered Finn of equal value.
On Tuesday afternoon, March 22nd, Tammy gave birth to a bouncing baby girl who I’ve named Becka. She’s deep black and her half-Finn heritage is evident in her shorter tail and incredibly soft facial hair. She’s the best snuggle buddy in the pen! She’s the youngest right now (March 27), but more than keeps up with her pen mates. I will definitely be keeping this treasure for my fiber flock. I’m hoping Nina provides me with an off-white half-sister soon.
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I’m super excited to be getting a duvet (comforter inside a case) made from the bulk of my second-quality wool – FOR ME! The St. Peter Wollen Mill offers this service. I send them 8 pounds of greasy (but skirted and sorted) wool and they return a 90″ by 90″ duvet. I also intend to take them up on their service of sewing the zippered cover once I figure out what 10 yards fabric I will send to them. I will be cozy this winter snuggled under my flock’s old coats!