A while back I mentioned that I would be taking a few years off from breeding Shetlands. I had very good reasons for making that choice. But I have been re-evaluating my situation... I've always run 2 or more rams on the farm. This year, instead of nothing, I'm going to run just one ram. That should ease stress and work load quite a bit while still allowing me to make progress toward my polled and fine fleece goals. I came to this decision after a fellow breeder asked to buy my last ram, S'more Courante. I did have him for sale. But I was already rethinking that notion when the offer was made. With the pressing reality of Courante actually leaving, I decided only one ewe lamb from him was just not enough of his genetics in my flock. And the breeder was kind enough to accept my removing the ram from my sales list. So Courante is staying for another season at least. And hopefully next spring I will get some more ewe lambs from him that are as impressive as his ram lambs are.
I also decided to sell 4 adult ewes this year to make room for the four ewe lambs I am retaining. Three of these ewes are reserved now, and it is hard to imagine that they will leave, as they are all friendly girls. But their bloodlines are well represented in their lambs, and even improved upon with regard to the polled gene... so there is no regret... just a wistfulness at not being able to keep them all.
Below are Sian's two ewe lambs that will be staying, while she and her other daughter, Leil, leave for a new home.
Francesca (Ash x Sian)
Jane (Ash x Sian)