In the sheep business it’s not spring that turns a man’s (ram’s) thought to love – it’s fall. Recent cool nights have increased the “practicing” being done by the ram lambs and feistiness of the adult rams. Having a pure bred Finnsheep ewe and a couple of Finn x Dolls (crossbred Finnsheep x Babydoll Southdowns) that may cycle (a.k.a. come into heat) during a greater portion of the year, has led me to do my gender sorting earlier this year. I’ve also been swapping out coats for larger ones and observing fleece differences. Here are a few photos of the flock taken during from my time with them.
Babydoll sheep mowing the apples – their primary job that they do so well in addition to producing wool and the cutest of lambs.
Moonshadow browsing the young apples – behavior that jeopardizes his spot in the flock.
Copper, my purebred Finnsheep ewe. Beautiful lady with lovely brown fleece.
Trio of fleece colors here on the boys. From left to right: Bucko, with the buffulo fitting, Tioga, my brown purebred Finnsheep ram, and Bro, my Finn x Doll wether. Bro was very vocal in his displeasure about being penned with these two so was reunited with his sisters in the Finn ewe pen.
Bro’s fleece is GORGEOUS and already over 2″ long with 7 months to go until shearing. He’s already in my largest sized coat, so a new purchase of coats is in order.
The little boys now with the adult rams. Carlos, the coated one on the left, is my Finn x Doll wether. Oddly he didn’t face fear and ostracizing from his peers like my little ewe lambs did when I first coated them 4 years ago.
Moonshadow, my Shetland wether, sporting his lovely silver fleece that has, so far, enabled him to keep his spot in the flock.
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
Winslow from the side
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.
Moonshadow, the Shetland.
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.
Arlo back end
Arlo head shot
Arlo side view.