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!
2015 has been a good year with healthy interest in registered Babydoll breeding stock. The flock has been pared down to the essential numbers for my farm going into breeding season and winter. This season I will be using only one babydoll ram (Winslow), who is off-white, 18 months old and a proven ram. I anticipate 10 to 12 registerable lambs next spring – probably all off-white – from 6 ewes (Claire, Nina, and Sara (off-white) and Fergie, Penny, and Hattie (black)).
The experimenter in me has led to the purchase of a brown/badgerfaced Finn ram to breed just 3 of my ewes (Olivia, Tammy, and Abigail). As much as I love my Babydolls, this will introduce 4 traits they don’t possess: another color (brown), longer fiber, a sheen to their fleece (but may detract from the lovely springiness), and a greater probability of multiple births. With multiple births I may have fewer losses from problematic deliveries as twins are generally smaller than singles. My ewes are definitely of adequate condition to carry multiple lambs and nurse them successfully. I am also redoubling my efforts to prevent 2 of my ewe lambs (Adrien and Audrey) from being bred their first season. I will compare their growth and performance with Abigail, the one ewe lamb that will be bred. Finn crosses are also known for their exceptional vigor as lambs. Depending on the number born, some of the lambs may be available for sale, though I may need to wait until later in the summer to sell so I can evaluate what the fleece characteristics will be. I expect off-white and black lambs from these parings as brown is a recessive trait.