Saturday, June 26, 2010

New Kids On The Block

We drove down to Franklin, Kentucky, yesterday to look at some Jacob sheep. Blue Ewe Jacobs is, as far as I know, the only other flock of Jacobs in Kentucky. And now they are moving to Wisconsin :-/. We were glad to finally meet them though and look at their lovely sheep and were excited to bring home two lilac weanlings.



I love the look on Hank's face. "Hi! My name's Hank. What's yours? Are you coming to live here? Do you like dogs? Um, you don't eat dog food, do you? There's a creek out front. Do you like to go exploring? Sometimes we go out back and there are some bees out there. Do you like bees? This is B. Willard and Sherman. They're about your age. Are you all going to play together?..."

While I realize that a quarantine pen that allows everyone to touch noses is not really a quarantine pen, in this heat, this is the best we can do. And if I thought there was anything to really be concerned about bringing a new sheep on the farm, they wouldn't be coming on the farm on the first place...



Blizzard and Mia. Brother and sister, taking good care of each other.



See the brown spots? While all of our Jacobs fleeces look brown and white as they grow out, that's just their black spots sunbleaching to brown. A lilac starts out brown - see around Mia's eye? Their legs spots are brown too. Lilacs are not very common and we are excited to finally have a couple.



Technically, handsome Blizzard should have a full eye patch on his right eye, similar to his left, but as we aren't planning on breeding him, that's of no concern. I like the spot on his cheek. It matches his sister's.



Isn't she pretty and petite? Both have beautiful, super soft fleeces.

Welcome to Equinox Farm!

20 comments:

June said...

I was thinking that Jacob sheep had two sets of horns. Am I mistaken? These are really beautiful sheep (I am partial to Jacob's, too, and have been to I See Spots Farm in G'boro, NC). Hope this heat wave is over soon!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Jacobs have to have two horns, but can have up to six. I am partial to the two's, but do like the four's IF they are nicely set...

Lori Skoog said...

I love the new sheep. Sorry to read that it is still so hot down there.
It's hard to remember what winter is like isn't it?

Michelle said...

Welcome to the new sheep! Wow, if you keep adding 2-4 per year, you're going to have to add some acreage!

patchworkfibers said...

I'm glad to see you caught up with Sally. She has lovely sheep with wonderful fleeces. I had my eye on Mia, but am sticking with four horned. She and Hank are so pretty.

kenleighacres said...

Lovely! Mia is so feminine and pretty :) I love Hank's introduction. The nice 4-horns are amazing to look at, but I am partial to the 2-horns as well.

mudranch.com said...

Congratulations! They look beautiful, and I love Mia. She is just gorgeous. Looks like they have lovely fleeces too. I'm excited that you added two more to your flock. :D Lilacs too! Maybe someday if you ever come to CA you could visit the Mud Ranch Jacobs. ;)

Eleanor P said...

Oh,they are so beautiful!

and by the way, Jake is even looking to Thom to get his head scratched if Thom's out doing something in the field.

I want a bluefaced leicester, now!

Dreaming said...

The new kids are so beautiful! Hank is a riot! My best friend has a GP and her face is a mirror for her mind.....just like Hank's!

flowerweaver said...

They are lovely!

Shelley said...

Awwwwww! Love them already!!!

Phyllis said...

Congratulations! How fortunate these wee ones are to be living at Equinox Farm!

Alice said...

What beautiful twins!! How lucky are you to get such Jacobs with a pedigree. They will make a welcome addition to your farm family!!

Christine said...

They are just gorgeous. I want Jacobs so bad I can taste it.

Gayle said...

Just beautiful!

Jennie said...

They are so beautiful I did not know the lilac color was even in the Jacob sheep. I love reading your blog......

Jenny Glen said...

Hank is gathering his "next generation" around him. Now he has sheep that like dogs.

Mary said...

There was a movie on the other night on Hallmark called You Lucky Dog about a herding Border Collie and the flock had a bunch of Jacobs in it. I immediately thought of you and your Jacobs. Congrats on your new babies!

Nancy K. said...

They really are pretty! I've never been a big fan of Jacobs (just not into the horns) but your new lambs are gorgeous. I love the lilac color and I'm sure they're going to become wonderful friends. I sure hope that they love Hank! He deserves some more sheepy friends.

Sable's best friend, Zaria, had two HST ewe lambs tonight and let Sable come right up close to her and her babies without any fuss at all. I was amazed...

Looking forward to new adventures with your new sheep!

DayPhoto said...

What a beautiful breed. I have never heard of them so getting to see some is really pretty cool.

Linda
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