Who we are

Ramsay Farms is situated in the northeastern part of Ottertail County, near Perham, Minnesota. This family farm of 320 acres has been in the Ramsay family for five generations, dating back to 1892. Today our farm prides itself on our Simmental cattle, Shetland Sheep and BlueFaced Leicester sheep. We strive to breed animals that closest match the breed standards given to them, and mindful of production, health and longevity in our animals as well.
In spring of 2016, there was a purchase of 32 acres in Green County, Wisconsin to accommodate Garrett for his work in that region. The animals have for the most part been moved to that location. Both locations will work in tandem to continue educating and promoting these animals and this way of life.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

For Sale; Proven adult ewes

It has taken 10 years of lots of hard culling, big decisions, lots of money, but i am finally at a close 'ideal' to my entire flock. I have a flock of sheep I am proud to own, would keep all in a heart beat, but since I have to buy hay one more year, I must sell a lot of high quality sheep, to be able to retain the 22 yearlings I kept, plus 10 ewe lambs, if I want to keep my flock under 50 ewes.

10% Discount on 3 or more sheep. Pick up only (transport could be arranged possibly with help)FFSSA approved ewes/registered, NASSA registered by request.

Below are my microns for the ewes, all ewes 2 years and older. Some of my very best are already sold, but I do have others available. please use this to reference a ewe that is described further below.

In alphabetical order of call name:

Lancien Athena 4 year old- moorit. Good sized ewe who twinned this year, two horned rams. A moorit gulmoget (sire was gulmoget) and a mioget. Both have very crimpy birth coat with 'halo' over back half. 'purse' on lambs are crimpy. She's a mellow ewe with great conformation. She's a Grade 2 FFSSA fleece ewe. $300 (both lambs are for sale as well)

WhitePine Bivina 4 year old- musket. Good sized ewe with genetics from California. She singled this year a beautiful horned mioget ram (also for sale, i can't keep them all). One half of her udder does not work, but she is a great mom and has a very dense fleece. great ewe. $300

WhitePine Brettabister 3 year old - fawn katmoget - average size ewe, most likely polled (scurred ram born last year). She was not bred this year as the BFL that was to breed her was sterile. She adopted a twin lamb from another ewe and is taking it on as her own. Was SSS inspected and passed last year at WSWF. $300

WhitePine Des'ree black krunet - good side ewe singled this year with an Ag ewe lamb (sire was AG) Fantastic numbers for a 7 year old ewe. $300. sire of her is polled.

PS23 Isabelle - 4 year old - Ag gray - she twined this year with two beautiful ewe lambs. Well put together ewe with lines I wanted to bring in. Dense fleece, roos. $350

PS23 Jessica 3 year old- black horned ewe - twinned this year with beautiful lambs. polled moorit ram (sire is throwing polled) and a moorit ewe lamb. $325. I am keeping her ewe lamb as well as her lamb form 2014. 

PS23 KitKat 2 yr old- white - island genetics. twinned beautiful ewe lambs this year (moorit and black) so she is available. $350

Sommarang Isla - big fawn ewe. fanstastic numbers. last year gave me twin ewe lambs of great quality. $350

WhitePine Noss - 3 year old - white - gave me two ewe lambs the last two years, so she is available. Rooes easily and nicely put together. $350

WhitePine Scatsa - 3 year old horned gray katmoget - F2 Holly, silky lusterous crimpy dense fleece. $350

WhitePine Skellister - horned 3 year old Black light badger face - kept her ram from last year who is my finest yearling ever. rare fine fleeced pattern. $350

Sheltering Pines Mademoiselle - fawn katmoget. super fine, PG1 fleece. Super correct ewe. Could use a more dense fleece. Carries polled. One of the best I have. Halff her udder quit working and had twins this year, so may have extra work bottling feeding lambs but she is altogether worth the extra work. $300 (would be 400 with full udder)

PS23 Josey - moorit - smaller ewe (still within range) produced twin lambs this year and i'm retaining both. Fanstastic producer but i can go on with her offspring. $350

Also, I will have the following ewes available in 2017 after lambs are weaned. I'm planning ahead long term, so if these tickle your fancy, let me know!

WhitePine Nivea AI - gray katmoget F1 Jericho. Homozygous katmoget. a fantastic ewe that i've kept everything from her. she's a twin herself, but only singled for me. amazing producer, carries brown smaller in size but still  within breed standard range. $350

WhitePine Nina Sky AI - gray katmoget smirslet sokket F1 Jericho. Yes twin to above ewe. she carries solid, and moorit. $350

Lancien Matilda - AG gray. domestic lines. super silky and lusterous. could be retired. have an amazing ewe lamb from this year. or with papers to the right home.

Sheltering Pines Classique - fawn smirslet - Reserve Champion Ewe WSWF 2012.  have several daughters from her. fantastic larger ewe with dense fine fleece. $350

PS23 Ingrid - ag gray ewe. smaller size but still within range. lovely dark ag gray fleece with blue hue. $300

Friday, April 22, 2016

Preserve. Protect. Promote


Mission Statement: To produce, preserve, and promote fine fleece Shetland sheep that adhere to the 1927 Shetland breed standard as clarified by the SSS Appendix A.
Purpose: The Fine Fleece Shetland Sheep Association was formed to preserve and promote fine fleece Shetland Sheep as defined in the 1927 Flock Book Shetland Breed Standard and the SSS Appendix A clarification. All members of the group are committed to breeding and promoting sheep that adhere to those documents. 

The 1927 Shetland Breed Standard as well as the Shetland Sheep Society’s Appendix A are part of this organization’s founding documents.

Three words that are in the Fine Fleece Shetland Sheep Association mission statement are "Preserve, Protect,  and Promote. Let's break these down one at a time.

Preserve. Webster-Merriam describes it as: to keep safe from injury, loss or ruin. 

In the case of our kindly fleece Shetlands, it would be to keep safe from loss or ruin. We certainly do not want to lose our 1927 Standard Shetlands. We do not want them be lost in the sea of atypical Shetlands in North America. There are several 'levels' of preservation I think we need to be aware of as breeder, but also as an association as well.

1. Obviously fleece is a big deal on Shetlands. Its the most controversial part about the sheep in the USA. We do not want to have kindly fleeced Shetlands become more rare than they are now. Strides have been made to make fine fleeced Shetlands available to each other now that there is a way to unify us across the country. The fleece is an important part of the Shetland history, especially as the kindly fleeced Shetland has always been rare, and the entire 1927 standard was created to protect and preserve this very special sheep.

2. patterns/markings/colors are also needed to be preserved. What good is a kindly Shetland if it only comes in black? or just white? we want to preserve all parts of the 1927 standard Shetland. This includes spots, patterns and modified colors. The standard does explicitly comment on all of them, as there are more than are in the standard, and a few rare patterns have shown up that we are now just realizing are in the breed. We as an association MUST make sure we do not lose the rare patterns or spots or modified colors in our quest for something else. Individuals can concentrate on certain colors or patterns, but we should all have room to keep at least ONE rare color/pattern in our flocks if are truly going to preserve this breed in its entirety.

3. Preservation of both polled sheep and horned sheep. This includes horned ewes, polled rams and horned rams. While some may be more popular, we must strive to preserve all varieties of horns/or lack of horns in all patterns and colors. Do we have polled light badgerface 1927 Standard Shetlands? Probably not. Do we have many polled gray rams? horned gulmoget rams or ewes? I personally don't think we are in a position yet here in North America where one flock can concentrate on say just polled blacks, when we need other patterns/colors also in polled. Or just breeding for horned katmogets. If we had 100 members that might be different, but were do we go for diversity later on, if we don't all keep a few extra to help preserve them?

what about the word protect?

from the same website (Webster-Merriam) Protect: to keep (someone or something) from being harmed, lost, etc.

Protect should be self explanatory. However my mind immediately goes to someone standing on their front porch with a shot gun waiting for a vagabond or coyote to stop for a lunch (or steal from the property), but that is not what i want to describe.

As a group of educated and committed breeders it is our job to protect our 1927 Standard, kindly fleeced Shetlands by ensuring that future generations of Shetlands of this quality and make are around to be enjoyed by future farmers/shepherds. How do we do this? By breeding and registering only sheep that adhere to the 1927 standard, and appendix A. Fiber flocks and pets are of course wonderful additions to people's lives, but serious breeders will continue breeding correct animals and in a way, that is protecting them, for future years. Culling is hard. Sometimes it can be emotional. But the breed suffers greatly when we do not have a culling protocol. Just look at how far the sheep have morphed since the original imports in to Canada. Every animal was registered. Every animal was bred from, and now we are in an over abundance of atypical sheep that are being called Shetlands and look nothing like the animals on Shetland in the flock book flocks, or on the mainland UK, in the Shetland Sheep Society. the FFSSA wool grading is one way to make sure the FLEECES pass what would be considered a Shetland fleece, but we must always be aware of the other Shetland breed traits that we must also protect (hardy, thrifty, fine boned, nimble, etc)

Lastly the word promote:

to help (something) happen, develop, or increase

One of the main goals of the FFSSA was originally, and continues to be, education. By educating the general public and potential new breeders we are able to in turn protect and preserve our 1927 standard Shetlands. Education is promotion on a level that doesn't just benefit the breeder trying to sell their stock or wool products. Many Shetland breeders NOT in the FFSSA use promoting just to sell their sheep for their own benefit. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, I have found that all FFSSA members are in this not only for their own pleasure and profit, but also for the longevity of the breed. 

But what else can we do to promote them? Sponsor shows where FF Shetlands are being displayed or shown. Enter fleeces in local or regional shows. Enter sheep at those regional or local shows. Set up displays at county fairs, fiber events. Pass out samples at spinning guilds. Maybe even have a booth with your wool products and have historical articles or photos on display. Heck we even did rooing demos to further imprint on the general public at fiber events of festivals. MOST people will find unique things like rooing to be remembered for much longer than just a soft piece of wool. 

What else can we do to promote? Being good shepherds. Can we also reach out to just the sheep industry in general? Let's be known for healthy, low maintenance, thrifty sheep that can weather the months. Maybe other shepherds with other breeds would see just how easy to manage they are and how tame they can be. We will get our membership and new breeders from educating new people and the general public or even other sheep breed breeders. 

We believe in this breed. Breeding them to preserve them will be easy. Protecting them should come second nature to us. Like children or beloved pets, we will protect them.  We believe in the qualities that make the kindly Shetland what it is. We are fierce protectors of them and will stand firm against those who say otherwise. We have a vision, we have a Standard to uphold. And we have each other to help support us when we are down, and to celebrate when things are good.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Lambs so far

its been a rainy and windy week but i'll list so far what we have had as of 6am this morning.

Duke x Heylor (whistlstop ewe) had a knock out mioget ram

Duke x WP Neap had a moorit light badgerface ewe. she looks to be horned as well

Elite x PS23 Irene - twin rams. a black krunet and a black light badgerface krunet

Duke x Lancien Matilda - Double Ag gray krunet ram and a musket ewe lamb

Duke x WP Lydia - gray katmoget ewe lamb

Sommarang Luca (gulmoget) x UTS Sateen - moorit gulmoget ram and a fawn katmoget ram

Sommarang Luca x WP Bivina - moorit ram

WhitePine Loki (white) x WP Noss - white ewe

so that's 12 with another couple dozen ewes to lamb at any point. Hoping when i get home today there will be more!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lancien Matilda lambs

A beautiful musket ewe lamb and a double Ag gray ram. Both have head spotting. Look at that FLEECE! they are also put together extremely well!

Friday, March 25, 2016

first two lambs born for 2016

The first two lambs at the new farm have been born!

Both lambs are sired by UnderTheSon Duke Cardiff (who has a new home in Iowa!)

The ram lamb is actually mioget (and horned) and is out of Whistlestop 1241 (0525/Heylor). He is lovely.

This ewe lamb is out of WhitePine Neap (whistlstop 1123 x WhitePine Naomi). She is a moorit light badgerface and could be possibly be Ag (from Duke). 

The quality continues to get better and better. How will i decide who to keep?

It appears that my BFL did not breed any of his ewes so I will NOT be having BFL lambs, or any mules this year. Also due to the request of the owner of the previous farm, I had to cut my breeding groups short, so it appears a few of those ewes are also not bred, which is disappointing. I'll have less than 40 ewes to lamb then this spring. That will be the lowest I've ever lambed since my first year.

Friday, March 18, 2016

1927 Standard, breed typical fleece

There seems to be a lot of misinformation in regards to just what exactly is a 1927 standard typical fleece. While it is obvious there is a spectrum of what a correct fleece could look like, they are all undoubtedly standard typical fleeces. No 1927 standard Shetland should have a dual coat. Those are considered atypical. I am extremely happy with the progress I've made in conforming to the 1927 standard, considering my original stock was not to this caliber. Every year the sheep continue to get better. Micron testing has helped for sure. And never being afraid to be wrong, but always learning, reading articles online, visiting with other breeders, visiting the UK and the Shetland islands, has all helped to cement in my mind what we are trying to preserve and protect. Which is the 1927 Standard Shetland Sheep.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Peace and Tranquility

 Well the whole gang is here. They are loving it. Happy and content.
 The BFLs are also pleased with the new digs.
 I just love the profiles of their faces.
 And then on Saturday, Aaron, my mom Ruth, and Kelly sat down with the dogs for a few snuggles. Gia is back home with me now and she seems really happy to be back with the pack.
Isn't it a great place? can't wait to paint the walls and get the pictures up on the walls too.

Thanks to Terry Malkuch, Terri Yapp and her family, Mike and Kelly Bartels, Aaron, and my parents for helping move my life to Monroe. I couldn't ask for better support team/family and so glad i'm able to have all my stuff in one place.

Monday, February 22, 2016


In anticipation of the move coming up this weekend and the following, i've already brought sheep supplies, hay, and dog crates/supplies to be a bit more prepared for when they come. Thank you Mike, Kelly, and Aaron for helping me with the hay and keeping me calm during this stressful time!

The farm in the background is one of my neighbors, and my home is behind me in the photo. This photo was taken just before sunset. and I thought it was quite tranquil.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Moving to the land of cheese

I have tentatively secured a hobby farm in Green County, Wisconsin. The sheep will be moving there the first part of March, and the cattle most likely in the fall. There is a ton of work to be done, and lambs will be coming end of March! not much time to get ready, but its doable.

Photos will come soon!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Rams and bred ewes for sale

In an effort to look ahead to yet another new location for the sheep and a fresh start for myself, I will be looking to sell some bred ewes this winter, and ram lambs/adults as well. We have most patterns and colors available, so do let me know if you have any interest. I have 4-8 proven polled ewes, plus ewes that throw horned rams available.