Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Yesterday my kids finally wore out my rechargeable AA batteries (the ones designated for the camera) so I was able to snap some photos today. Since the only photos I have of Bam are of his butt, I stalked him this morning. I can't say he really cooperated. He likes to eat, so his head is usually down. He likes to stand in holes, so his top line doesn't look as good as it is. And between these two activities he quickly walks to the next bit of uneven grassy terrain. I think I caught him a couple of times in relatively flattering poses.
Bam is for sale as a flock sire. He is available for $200 registered or $150 unregistered. I am not offering him with a horn guarantee simply because my flock is very small and I cannot promise I would have a ram lamb to replace him if his horns turned fatal. Bam's sire has VERY wide horns, though. And his dam and grand dam have excellent horn genetics as well. I expect Bam's horns to be good horns. Our flock has never had foot rot. Bam will have his first CD & T shot when he turns 8 weeks old. He can also be dewormed with chemical wormer before he leaves the farm if the buyer chooses. (We use de and herbs to deworm our flock as needed.) Bam was born April 15, 2008 and he can leave our farm after he is weaned sometime around July 15. I may be willing to hold him until the end of summer with my other ram lamb if necessary.
This is a snapshot of Bam behind his black iset dam, Boston Lake Delyth. He is 44 days old today, so just a tad over 6 weeks. Even though there is a little distance between the two sheep, the photo accurately reflects Bam's size beside his dam. He isn't far behind her in size. And he is solid.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Initially, I had Bam earmarked for butcher next spring. However, Clancy really likes this lamb. He feels he could be the perfect flock sire for some shepherd with particular goals in mind-big correct meaty lambs. Bam's conformation is excellent, although this picture doesn't really demonstrate that. He also belongs to my son, Asa, who doesn't want to see him go to butcher.
So I have agreed to offer Bam for sale. He was born 4-15-08 and will be available after weaning. As of now he is unregistered but his parantage is Windswept Unicorn x Boston Lake Delyth.
Bam's fleece has a wonderful handle to it. He has only one Awt gene so only half of his lambs will be born white. His tail is short but it has some hair at the tip that makes it appear longer. Hind quarters are very straight. Bam is a very masculine ram lamb and has had tremendous growth. He was very vigorous at birth and he has stayed that way. His sire has excellent wide horns and a large, muscular frame. His dam is from a good mothering line. She is black iset at 2 years with a moorit recessive gene.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at the number listed in the footer if you would like more information about Bam.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
The grass has been so sparse that I have just been letting the ewes and lambs have free roam during the day. There is enough grass over the whole 4 acre lawn to feed them, but not enough in any one paddock. Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day and last night we had some light rain. This morning it seemed as if the grass had grown overnight. Hopefully, I will have time to set up electronet for the girls today or tomorrow. I think it is good for them to have full range of the farm, but I worry about predators sneaking in at this time of year. I'll feel better once they are fenced in again, and I'll be able to leave the farm during the day.
The two rams are still in their round pen with hay feedings. I want to get them out on grass as well to save the last few bales of hay for emergency feedings.
For a while now I have been offering my white ram, Unicorn, for sale. Nothing definite has come of that so far. Last night, however, I was sorting through some recent snapshots and I came across this picture of Bam and Nadin. Clancy was looking over my shoulder and remarked that he liked the photo and he also really thought Bam was a good looking ram lamb. Clancy, with his Hampshire background, is still more impressed by meat sheep conformation than wool sheep conformation. Anyway, we were talking about how large Bam is compared to all the other lambs and Clancy suggested the idea that I could keep Unicorn and use him to produce butcher lambs.
I have been contemplating purchasing a BFL or NCC or some other breed to use on a few of my Shetland ewes. The extra money to make that investment just isn't there, though, since we are trying very hard to get the house finished. Unicorn, however, sires really big lambs; much bigger than I prefer Shetlands to be. And Bam is very muscular compared to Bombarde and his male offspring. So why not use Uni to produce butcher lambs? They would all be "big and white and meaty" compared to the rest of the flock. :) And since Unicorn has such impressive horns, I wouldn't be too sad to keep sending his offspring to the freezer.
What prompted this idea is the fact that I have several people that are interested in buying butcher lamb from me; and I really don't have any to sell. I would have to butcher a good ewe, or Unicorn to fill the orders. Bam isn't ready to go to the freezer quite yet. So the demand is there and I want to fill it. Plus, we are out of lamb ourselves, and I want to fill up the freezer.
I will continue to breed for fleece fineness and polled genetics using my very best Shetlands. But the other ewes that give me not so scrumptious fleece can stay and produce butcher lambs for me. I'm looking forward to exploring this idea.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
This is my beautiful mother, Deborah, and her mother's sister, Alice. One of the greatest blessings in my life is the deeply positive example of "Mother" that has surrounded me from my first days. Words cannot describe the love I have seen flow from the women in my family. My great-grandma, and both of my parent's mothers are gone now. I miss them. I wish they were still here because they were such amazing women. I long for their physical presence in my life. I am grateful for my rich memories of them.
And I am thankful for the wonderful mothers that are still with me: My own mom, Clancy's beautiful mother, Nancy. My aunts and great-aunts-I am fortunate to have many on both sides of my family and Clancy's. My cousins, these wonderful girls I grew up with. I admired the older ones, babysat the younger ones, and cherished the ones that were about my age. My sisters-in-law-these wonderful unexpected people that came into my life because of my brother and husband. My friends-sharing motherhood as peers with them. And finally, my own sister. I love her little boy like he was my own, and I am so proud of my sister for how she handles her awesome responsibility.
Today, I wish all of the incredible mother's that have touched my life a beautiful day. I hope you have a nice chat with your kids. I hope you know that you have been an inspiration to me. You are loved. And you are very Important. Happy Mother's Day!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Once again I demanded from Clancy that he get rid of the beast. This terror could really hurt my young nephew or the boys if he decided to attack them. Yet again I heard how the job would get done just as soon as my darling had some spare time.
Well, this morning, while doing chicken chores, Mr. Rooster attacked my poor husband inside the chicken coop. The chicken coop is about 3.5 x 6 feet, and only 5 feet tall at the peak. I can only imagine the rodeo of that event, and how many times Clancy banged his head on the rafters while trying to dodge the rooster. I'm not laughing. Really. I'm NOT laughing! ;)
Out of breath and indignant, Clancy marched in the house to tell me the rooster had been disposed of. I thought he had finally decided I really meant those last three ultimatums. No, the rooster had attacked HIM and so the menace met a swift and justified end. Apparently Clancy knocked him down with a chunk of wood, and chopped off his head before he came to.
I told Clancy I would be making light of this situation. It is, after all, perhaps a universal experience for wives? Nothing is wrong with the car until HE drives it...There is no snake under the porch until HE sees it... Shame on me. I am really ribbing him way too much. He knows I'm teasing though. :)
Since the rooster had to be removed, I thought I would replace him with a photo of the beautiful swans that visit us here at Boston Lake. Almost any day, we can see them near our shore, or far out on the lake like brilliant sailboats. Each time I see them, I am filled with reverence for this beautiful place God has allowed me to live in.
And finally, I can introduce our two new cockatiels properly: Meet Bette and Greybird. They love to be with us while we eat and sit. Leif is doing his homework here, with the birds on his shoulders. My son would prefer it known that he is wearing my old sweater because the birds like the texture for climbing...and it's already dirty. In "real life" he would not be caught dead wearing my sweater. He is too cool for that.
Pre-teen, parent-induced mortification aside, cockatiels really are exquisite little birds. :)