We are contemplating selling the farm. We have so many mixed feelings. Many prayers have been said and we are asking for God's Almighty Wisdom in helping us to decide. No matter what, I know that I have to sell the animals. I am having troubles mustering up the energy to make it to the barn for lambing. I am very thankful that (maybe) we have seen the last of the very cold temps.
Thanks to my husband, I have a few pictures of the flock to share with you. I hope we have a good buyer that wants to take my girls and guys home with them and give them good care.
The quest to own a spinners flock and develop a line of breeding has been a challenge at times. Starting my flock with two little shetland ewes that I purchased at the Missouri Colored Sheep and Wool Sale at Sedalia Missouri. Then buying Oxfords from the Almonds that raise Registered Oxfords. I purchased 2 of their registered ewes, one had a downy type wool and the other had a soft silky curls type of wool, that was my Bonnie. I ended up sending Prissy back to Almonds and only keeping Bonnie. Many of my flock are decedents of Bonnie. The Almond's Oxfords have taken awards at many shows including the Missouri State Fair and Naile. Prissy's daughter was taking Champion Ewe or reserved Grand Champion Ewe last year.
|The flock was released into the South pasture today, they act like they are glad to see the tiny sprigs of green grass.|
|Liam, Registered BFL Ram.|
Next came getting the right rams to cross with my flock. White Knight, our BL ram has buttery soft locks that I love to spin and he passed it on to his off spring. Then we purchased Liam, Registered BFL, to breed the new generation of BL/Oxford crosses. Then last year we purchased Logan, Registered BFL to breed the newest generation of ewes. We have the big heavy bodies of the Oxford with the BFL and I love the soft long curley wool that we are getting from this group. I also purchased 2 BFL ewes last fall that was bred to Xray.
|Evie is now a bottle baby. Her mother just will not take care of her.|
|Great granddaughter to Oxford Bonnie had this new baby on Sunday night. Sire is Logan.|
|Lady watches over her babies. Evie follows her around the pasture.|
|All the ewes look like they could burst. Due anytime. We are on constant watch.|
|Baby did not get up to follow mom so Lady is nugging her along to follow her mother.|
|the girls wintered really well. We worried about the quality that our hay would be.|
|Registered BFL ewe, heavy with lamb but probably lambs.|
|Number 10 and her little ewe lamb.|
|Registered BFL ewe, due to lamb anytime....but I thought that 2 days ago.|