I guess transporting two sheep wasn’t enough for me this year!
My friend Bill at Willow Garden Shetlands is selling more of his beauties. I just couldn’t resist the chance to further diversify the flock for the 2011 birthing year. This time though I knew I wanted one ram to add a new root bloodline, so that my breeding options for 2012 would be even greater and I could consider starting to cross my own produced animals. Us shepherds always have to be thinking a step ahead – I guess it makes up for the sheep collectively thinking not much at all.
So today my father and I are on the road down to Salem Ontario and back, with a quick stop over in Perth to drop some sheep off there. We are attempting to bring back 5 sheep in the back of the pickup truck. I don’t think we’ll have any problems at all considering some of them are this year’s lambs and thus are pretty tiny. Still, it’ll be much more of a snug ride than the last transport. Then again we aren’t going down to Toronto either so overall the voyage will be less time consuming than it was last month.
The two new additions to my flock are WillowGarden Napean (ewe lamb) and WillowGarden Sudbury (black ram lamb). Can you tell that Canadian Cities was his naming theme this year! This is what Bill has to say about the two:
WillowGarden Sudbury … a 2010 black ram, out of North Wind Holiday AI, and WillowGarden Absolut. This guy was a ‘sleeper’, named Sudbury because he appeared to have little going for him. But today at 11 weeks of age, he has large sweeping horns, a short fleece … which is growing in with an awesome, even and consistent crimp! He is black, but also carries moorit and spots. Can you tell that I’d happily keep him
WillowGarden Napean, a 2010 moorit katmoget ewe lamb … out of Spring Water Eve (S 30728) and Wintertime Red Velvet (S 27103). This little girl is out of two of the softest sheep I have ever owned. I am retaining her twin sister.
Both of these lambs have diverse lineages and I am confident both of them will prove to be great additions to the farm. But now I am faced with other problems and tasks – like deciding which ram I will breed to Hopeful Maggie, and subdividing the main pasture so that I can control the breeding groups come fall. Such is the life of a farmer, constantly changing and working to better everyone, human and animal alike.