Saturday, October 2, 2010

Keeper lambs

It has occurred to me that I have posted about all the lambs that went to new homes, but I completely neglected to post about the lambies that are staying here, so this is a post dedicated to my "keeper" girls.

First we have Crosswinds Natale Holly (Sommarang Edrea x UTS Red Lion). Holly is a beautiful fawn katmoget (Light color on the body, darker legs, belly, chest and face). This little girl is absolutely gorgeous with amazing fleece.

Lamb photo of Holly.
Holly at 6 months.

Her fleece is....well........
I Know, right?
Ironically, when I showed her at Jefferson, the judge didn't like her because of her fleece...he said that it wouldn't yield as much weight as the heavier, coarser fleeced sheep....??? That is OK, I paid to hear that judge's opinion, on that day....I.......hmmm....moving on...

Next we have Crosswinds Menemsha ( Crosswinds Cassiopeia x UTS Red Lion) as a baby.
Menemsha is a lovely mioget ewe with the most buttery soft fleece.

The second picture shows the mioget coloring better...I can't wait until I can see it spun up next spring! I wish you could feel this stuff!
Crosswinds Mountain Laurel (Sommarang Dolly x Sommarang Gilroy) as a lamb.
Laurel is a very pretty girl as well with nice conformation.

Her fleece is wonderful as well. It is a bit longer staple length than the first two girls, but still very soft and crimpy. Her sire microned at 20.7 last fall, I will micron him again this spring to see what his spring micron looks like. I will be repeating this breeding, so hopefully I will have more nicely fleeced spotties in the spring : ).

Laurel is just an adorable lap sheep.
Lastly we have Crosswinds Ashumet ( Sheltering Pines Mirabile Visu x Sommarang Gilroy). I will repeat this breeding as well.

Ashley is a beautiful black gulmoget ( dark body, light legs, belly, and chest with light 'eye flashes'). Unfortunately she is a bit camera shy and I could never get a good picture of her.
Her fleece is quite yummy as well. It is much denser than the other girls, a bit less fine (going by feel alone), but still really, really, awesome and crimpy.
So there you have it, the 2010 keeper lambs.....I can't wait to see what my 2011 lambs are going to look like......I think I am going to need more land..


Teresa said...

They look beautiful! It's hard to believe it's already time to think about breeding again!

Nancy K. said...

What BEAUTIFUL babies, Corrine!
So, what do you have for rams/ram lambs????

Inquiring minds want to know!

Unknown said...

Wonderful photos! I love seeing the baby to now pics.....amazing how fast time goes!

Jerry said...

Beautiful ewe lambs. I hope Brewster by Gilroy will sire beautiful fleece as your lambs. Brewster has 5 ewes..2 spotted and 3 out of spotted ewes....5+ months to wait to see

Michelle said...

I can see why you kept those beautiful girls! Those fleeces are going to spin up into the most wonderful yarn, with spring and memory along with the softness and luster. Luv 'em!

Crosswinds Farm said...

Thanks Teresa and Kristi, the summer went fast, didn't it?

Nancy, I don't have any ram lambs left. I only had three this year (weird) and they all went to new homes...I will have LOTS in the spring though...should I put you on my list? ; )

I can't wait to see you lambs, Jerry!

Thanks Michelle!

tbsomeday said...

wow--they are BEAUTIFUL girls!
i bet you are so very proud of them and your breeding :)
amazing to see how they grow up

i think you should take to spinning your own wool...get a loom too, or whatever it is you need :)

do you have blankets made from your sheep? or scarves? or something?

Anonymous said...

Menemsha come to Mama (Cass).

LOVE the fleeces.

Spinners End Farm said...

Oh-my-goodness! I can't wait to see the yarn either....

Karen Anne said...

After seeing those photos, I really want to hug a lamb, but there are no lambs in my vicinity...

Miss Effie said...

YUM! YUM! YUM!! I just want to bury my face in the fleece.

But lured away from the sheep with a chocolate chip shortbread cookie.

Kelly said...

Great update on your girls, I love all of them. As for your wonderful ewe lamb not placing because of her fleece......I'm speechless.
Nantucket continues to grow and flourish here, and he's grown quite fond of broccoli blossoms!!!
Can't wait to see what you have in 2011

Laura said...

Nice lambs-I rally like your spotted girl!! If you have any spotty twins like her next year I may be interested!! You know this spring I had a very fine and very crimpy fleeced ram lamb and also a longer more primitive fleeced ram(both out of Orion) and the fleeces were almost the SAME weight (the crimpier one was actually 2 oz. heavier!) I was sure the fine, super crimpy one would be really light, but I was wrong.

Claire MW said...

Wow. Wow. Crimp! Squeee! Wow.

Carol said...

They are all so cute...I would have trouble deciding which ones to keep..

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