Don't these two kissing sheep make a cute couple? The ram (on the left) is "the wool ram" at Final Frontier Farm. His name is Rocket and he's a Border Leicester/CVM/Rambouillet cross from Nistock Farms. He came in with Hershey who was supposed to be "the colored wool ram", but Hershey took one look at our farm that summer and decided he'd just stay put. I'm not sure who the ewe is, but that's why they were in the pen.
"You're missing out, Hershey! Look at all my girlfriends!"
I do know who this is. It's Olive, one of my favorite ewes. She's of the Keebler vintage, so has a fair amount of Cotswold and a little Wesleydale mixed in. We know what to expect with her babies (long, pretty curls :-) but we don't necessarily know what to expect from other breed crosses - the more Texel-y ewes, the ones with some Suffolk mixed in, Polypays, Dorsets... This year we are going to do a better job tracking what each cross produces.
A few weeks ago Kathy and I picked out 31 ewes to put in Rocket's breeding group. One afternoon last week we penned them all up and Miss B made notes about their breeding, fleece type, temperament... I then took a quick picture of each sheep's number and a fleece shot.
Curly, long, lustrous fleeces
Short, but finer crimped fleeces
Lofty fuzzy fleeces*
This is going to be a fun project. Something to work on this winter while we wait for the start of Lamb Camp next spring :-).
We'll keep you posted!
* * * * *
The winner of the calendar drawing is Barbara B. :-D
Shoot me an email with your address and I'll get your calendar sent out hopefully tomorrow.