Monday, May 26, 2008

Lamb photos

After great demand by the public to see how my lambs are growing I'm posting a few ...um...posts....about my girls. I've been so busy since the horrendous shearing episode I don't even want to talk about it. The moms look terrible so try to focus on the lambs! :) I do have more lambs available than pictured here. My evaluations on my lambs will take most of the summer, however you are welcome to inquire about any you see or read about. Some lambs that are available now are just not fitting in with my overall goals at THIS TIME. That doesn't mean they are any less correct or soft as others that I'm holding on to to further evaluate. I also will be traveling to several sheep shows so transportation to those shows is definitely doable.

Minwawe Miracle's twin ram lambs. Minwawe Sky and Minwawe Cloud, both Ag, Both spotted. Both adorable. Remember Miracle is a Pandemonium daughter, who is the softest ewe Peeps ever had. These boys will add spots AND nice fleece. Big boys already.
Another photo of the black/white flecket boy Sky.

Here is my Peyton boy! He's krunet, gulmoget and Ag. He sure is a looker! Completely solidly built, square and will be SOFT
A side photo of Peyton. His tail looks long here...it really isn't. Very correct. Horns will be slow growing, possibly tea cup like his dad Forrest. I might just show him at Jefferson and MFF if he doesn't sell.

L to R Westminster (LRO Wren's lamb) and Castle Rock and Centennial (both out of Justalit'l Chloe. All three are from Jazz. For now..All are being retained :)
Castle Rock
Castle Rock and Centenial rears
Centennial again
Centennial's rear. I am showing her this fall. She was my very first lamb this year and still my favorite :)

Westminster again


Rush (not for sale) my F2 Orion girl. Super crimp, no fall out in the britch. Friendly little ewe lamb.

F2 Jericho twin ewe lambs. These are my bottle lambs. One will be available for sale even though it will break my heart :) Will be intermediate in fleece but very soft, and correct.

White Pine Twix. moorit yearling ewe that was not bred. She has a small moonspot that you can see at her last rib, mid side. She microned very nice at AFD 22, SD 8.6 CV of 26. She is very soft but is on the smaller side and as last year she was disowned by her mother early on as her mom had only one good side of her udder to feed her other lamb.


Two photos of a moorit smirslet sokket, Minwawe Twister Sister. She is a twin out of Windsprite who is shaela and her dad is Minwawe Crackers, a black and white yuglet flecket. She may also be modified. Her only fault that I see is her longer tail but bred to a ram with a nice fluke tail, she should throw gorgeous lambs! I'm keeping her twin sister, Sea Breeze and I can't keep them all!

Flopsy's black krunet ewe lamb, Mopsy II. She has the 'bedroom eyes' and is just the sweetest girl. I was planning on keeping her but I have several black krunet lambs of my own that I am planning on keeping. She carries modified AND spots as her dad was Minwawe Captain, a yuglet sokket or HST ram.

The cute little Ag grey flecket ewe lamb Minwawe Merry go Round, may possibly be available pending fleece evaluation. I'm retaining her mother and grandmother (the black ewe lamb is her aunt) and have several Ag ewes already. She is spotted and should be nicely fleeced as her dad is Minwawe Frosty and he was quite soft according to Peeps.
Cottontail and Mopsy II (flopsy's twins). He's an HST black ram with nice horn growth and beefy square build
What a handsome devil he is!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The last of the Minwawe crew

Peeps couldn't fit them all in the truck last time....so here they are!


Bejig (that's ojibwa for 'one' as she was the first one born that year) and her daughter 'dark chocolate'. her ram went to a breeder in WI to be a flock sire! Bejig is ...drum roll please.........SHAELA! WOHOO!! I can't seem to get any luckier picking them :)


This is Miracle, an Ag grey ewe with twin spotted rams. one appears bersugget, the other yuglet flecket. Both are Ag. Hey Michelle...I told you I wanted an Ag ewe!!

All of these girls I got from her, minus Wind Sprite, all go back to a ewe by the name of WVF Pandemonium, who Peeps said was her softest fleeced ewe. I'm hoping with that line now secured with these girls, they will be great for crossing with the UK stock, as i do believe the intermediate fleeces are going to sell the best.

Now the hard part is getting rid of some of the 'other' sheep I have! I already have 15 slotted for a family in Illinois so that is a good feeling. If you are interested in any of the ewes or lambs I may have, do let me know!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

shearing.........

shearing was friday.......i nearly wept.....it was so awful...i don't have time tonight...but will post it probably tuesday.....

i'm off tomorrow to meet Peeps again to get Rayna's sheep to her and spend the night with rayna.......and her critters...and then back home tuesday with my last two ewes and lambs from peeps....

until then!

Minwawe RedBud


I'm backwards in posting...this is a Barish son...another BLACK ram from Barish....his mom Redbud was born black and is now shaela.....my fourth! I'm so super in love with this color!!!

WHITE PINE RIFLE

Minwawe Sterling



Well I FINALLY got something that I'd been waiting for all year....SPOTS! And not just a tiny krunet or smirslet...this has a HUGE smirlset (krunet marking on forehead) and a 1/2 pink nose (Sorry Bill...I'm trying!!), two white sokkets and a white tail.

Not to mention she's SUPER CRIMPY and oh...just happens to be a EWE LAMB out of Jazz...WOHOO!!

I'm so looking forward to this girl...and watching her grow...Sterling was acting 'fishy' when I got home from the trial today and by evening feeding she had two feet sticking out...when I saw the pinkish nose.....I was thinking....no FREAKING way!! But WAY happened!

so indulge me by viewing many photos of the girl.....

WHITE PINE SEDALIA!!

Sadie's great weekend!

Sadie had an amazing first weekend on with the AKC sanctioned agility trial with the Fargo-Moorhead Kennel Club. This was Sadie's second agility trial ever (last fall in September we did a NADAC sanctioned trial where she got her first leg in Tunnelers) and she did such a great job!
A quick recap:
Saturday: Novice A Standard - 100 points (perfect score) and 1st place. She also received her first leg for her NA (novice A standard) title by qualifying for this.
Saturday: Novice A Jumpers with weaves - 100 points (perfect score) and 1st place again!. She received her first leg for her NAJ (novice A jumpers with weaves) title by qualifying for this.
Sunday: Novice A Jumpers with weaves - 95 points and 2nd place. She qualified for her second leg for this title (you need three legs to get a performance title).
Sunday: Novice A standard - NQ (not qualifying) due to HANDLER ERROR when I touched the table when I asked her to 'down'. D'oh silly me!!!! I finished the rest of the course with her however because I felt it was great training for her.....and me! She did the rest of the course great but of course no 2nd leg as I touched the obstacle.....Hello i'm NOVICE!!

Thank you to judge Lavonda Herring of Lagrangeville, New York for being so amazingly nice and comforting when she could tell I was nervous! I didn't sleep well friday night and AFTER our first Q on saturday morning I almost threw up because I was so GLAD it was over!

Sadie was so happy thoughout the entire event and even barked a few times while running (barking is SO unlike her 99% of the time) and she even was the FASTEST time in ALL levels of Novice A JWW on Saturday!

That's my baby girl!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

"New to me" sheep

I met Mary Ellen "Bo Peep" in Mpls yesterday evening in the torrential rain :) After hearing about her terrible 'end of the world' scenarios replaying over and over again at her farm, and her asking folks to take her sheep somewhere safe, I had to act. I am glad that I could help such a good friend out in her time of need, and that I'm able to give them a good home, or find them a good home. I have a few more coming. She could only fit so many in the back of her truck at a time! I would do this for any one of my friends and would expect the same from you guys to if it came to it!

Minwawe Hopscotch with her Ag flecket ewe lamb Minwawe Merry Go Round. Hopscotch was hand sheared a few months ago so she is not in full fleece. Isn't her girl a DOLL!?
SheltrngPines Wind Sprite is actually SHAELA!! (my third one already!) and her twin HST ewe lambs...one looks dark brown, the other will be a fawn. ewe lambs are Minwawe Twister Sister and Minwawe Sea Breeze.
Minwawe Flopsy and her twins from this year. A black ewe lamb with 'bedroom eyes' and a black and white HST ram lamb. I have Skippy also from Peeps from last year. She is a Flopsy daughter as well. Lambs are Minwawe Mopsy II (ewe lamb) and Minwawe Cottontail (HST ram lamb)
Minwawe Do Si Do is a two year old black HST ewe with her moorit yuglet flecket ram lamb, Minwawe Fiddler.
And another photo of Fiddler just because I think the's cute :)

Happy Mother's Day!

My mom is in Detroit MI for a bowling tournament with her lady friends.......so I don't get to see my mom on Mother's Day!

Wishing all you Mothers, Grandmothers, aunts, great aunts etc a blessed and happy day filled with family and loved ones!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Crazy Busy!

Its been over a week and no new news! No new calves, no new lambs and nothing much to report.

I did finally till the garden and plant my asparagus roots, onion starts and broccoli and cauliflower plants. Its too chilly for much of anything else.

I'm dog sitting my good friend Erica's German Shorthair Pointer Rukkus. He's 5 months old and a WILD CHILD! he dug a hole under the gate to let Ell out to run around while I was at work the other day. thankfully my Grandpa is on the farm during the day and she found him right away and he fixed the gate issue.

I've been a working machine trying to catch up on spring clean ups. Next week I do fertilizing and prepare for the onslaught of mowing. First it needs to rain. even with the four huge snow storms in April we had, its a dust bowl here and we need rain to make things green!

The cattle have been doing their annual break a fence/gate/feeder month where every night it seems they are finding the weakest point in their pen to make an escape for green grass. I know girls.....soon enough you'll be in pasture...did i mention we need some rain?

I checked the remainin ewe lambs from last year to see if they are bred. They are all showing signs of pregnancy, however most will not be due til the end of May, early June. I KNEW I should not have kept the rams in until the 5th of January! I'd rather KNOW they aren't going to lamb, than to have such LATE lambs...how dumb of me! What was I thinking!!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Dog Walking

Ell, Zoe and Mac

My mom and sister always have this great idea to walk the dogs in a group. All of their obedience goes right out the door when this happens! Its like a Kentucky Derby for Cardigans, trying to see who will be in the lead, as no one ever wants to be the LAST one. Just for the record. I CAN walk four dogs comfortably in town, on sidewalks. They tend to all stay on the sidewalk and move well for me. The gravel road I think has more smells and sights to see. Especially when the road grader has just gone by and stirred up a host of new smells.
Sadie and Oliver


And I just had to get a group photo!

Front Row L to R - Sadie, Ell, Oliver, Zoe, Mac. Back row - my mom Ruth, sister Lindsay

Friday, May 2, 2008

Do it anyway


Mother Theresa once said : People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; be successful anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, others may be jealous; be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world your best anyway. In the final analysis it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.


Makes you stop and think huh?

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Minwawe Lyra

Lyra as most of you know was purchased from Mary Ellen Kelly. She has a unique smirlset and branget marking that looks like it just slipped a few inches to one side.

She was bred to Jazz who is spotted as well as katmoget. I was hoping for an adorable spotted lamb. Well I got one. A black krunet sokket ram lamb.

When I brought the girls up early tonight b.c. i'm headed to Fargo for Sadie's agility class, I counted only 11 girls in the 'ladies in waiting pen'. I went back outside and saw Lyra standing at the back of the pen next to a lump. I ran over to see that she had indeed aborted a lamb about 3 or so weeks early. I know we DID switch over to a different kind of hay (we ran out, and had to get some from a neighbor) but if it was nutritional, I'd be seeing more abortions. Maybe she got plowed into by one of the other girls? Maybe she was just too little. Kind of puts a damper on the day.

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