Thursday, November 1, 2007

Yikes, it's November!

November 1st already! What??? How did that happen??

Like most of my "sheepy" friends I have been contemplating which ewes to breed for 2008 lambs since....well, since the 2007 lambs hit the ground in April. Now that romance is in the air, (or maybe it's just ewes in season aroma in the air) here is my "final" list.Sommarang Daisy. Friendly, pretty girl, nice fleece and tail....really friendly, did I mention that she is friendly? Modified.

Thistle Keep Teleus Longtail "Willow". Very nice ewe. Soft crimpy fleece, very tiny tail, nice rear and legs. Ag grey. Selectively friendly...she is not an "attention hussy" like some of my other girls that will do anything to be the center of attention, she is much more dignified.

Sheepy Hollow Lovey. Black (iset)krunet ewe, good fleece and conformation, also very sweet.

Sheepy Hollow Trillium. Pretty girl, good conformation, very nice tail, shorter staple fleece but soft and crimpy. She is my least friendly ewe, but she had one of my nicest conformation ram lambs this year.

Sommarang Dolly "Lilly" will probably not be bred this year. She and Thistle Keep Sagebrush Vole (below) were allowed to wean their ewe lambs on their own, and they were nursing for quite a bit longer than my ewes that had ram lambs, so unless I push back breeding they wouldn't have much of a rest between when they weaned this year's lambs and breeding again.
Sagey did give me some really nice lambs this year though.
Crosswinds Sophia. She is just a lamb, so she won't be bred until next year.....She is such a pretty girl, I can't wait to see how she matures! Love that wool on the poll.

Crosswinds Isabella. Isabella is one of this years lambs she will not be bred this year. I will have to decide after she matures. She has really long, soft, crimpy fleece, unfortunately she has a longish tail. She is a "Rocky" lamb, so she may carry polled genetics.

"HMMMM, all those girls look GOOOOOD"!

Sorry Rock, remember that trip to the vet? You won't be romancing the ladies anymore.

I will be leasing a ram this year...seems kind of silly with all the ram lambs that I ended up with this year, but we will be hanging on to a couple of those boys until next year to see how their horns turn out.


Michelle said...

You have LOTS of beautiful girls there, and I commend you on waiting to see how the boys mature before using them. A lot can change in the next year!

shepherdchik said...

I love Willow, but then I love the grays. You have some really pretty ewes. What part of Iowa are you in? I'm over towards Onawa and Sioux city.

shepherdchik said...

Forgot to ask....who did you lease a ram from?

Crosswinds Farm said...

Thanks Michelle, the girls are not ACTING very pretty right now, they were too busy butting heads with each other to eat supper tonight, hormones are kicking in!

Willow is one of my favorites too, Chik. Her fleece is so pretty spun up.
You are about as far away from us as you can get and still be in the same state! We are on the very Eastern border along the Mississippi river.
I am leasing a ram from Lori Stephensen in Wisconsin. We bought Daisy and Dolly "Lilly" from her last year and have been really happy with them.

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