Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Home again, Home again, jiggity, jig.

I just unloaded all of the new sheep/goats (mostly transported for other folks') in to quarantine pens until I can get them down to Heather Landin in Baldwin, WI. I was supposed to go today, but it took Emma and I THREE DAYS to get home due to tornadoes in Billings, MT and Miles City, MT. Heavy rain in Coer d'Alene, ID and that scary mountain pass, and rain so heavy in Bismarck, ND that we stayed over there for 4 hours in a motel room as we couldn't see the road, the lines on the road, the reflectors on the side of the road, or the hood of our truck.

I had a really fun time in BSG thanks to the BFL and Shetland people! While some avoided me like the plague(some Shetland folk), others were most welcoming. The best thing was I was not killed, injured, threatened, or beaten, so that was all I was hoping for :)

I did come home with FOUR new yearling ewes. The first ewe is 100% domestic and I've never seen such crimpy, soft, lusterous, silk, fine fleece. I was told her fleece was 5-6" long and she is the 'light badgerface' pattern I was searching for! And to boot she is moorit based. I can't wait to see if I can help save this very rare pattern in Shetlands. Her pedigree is quite short, and very old. her grandmother was 10 when she had her mother so you know its an old pedigree :0

The other three ewes are from a flock that I really admire. Two ewes are 81.25% UK, the third is 68.75% UK. The white ewe is the ONLY ewe that has this sire in her pedigree that is not on their farm. I'm stoked about the prospects of the new blood in my linebreed Orion/Jericho flock. I ended up with a white, a fawn (light moorit) and a shaela. They are everything I think of when I think of Shetlands in the SSS registry and I am very appreciative that I had the chance and bringing them to Minnesota :)

More later.

The tornado hit south of our house about 5 miles and my friend lost his home and his parent's barn with all their heifers in it. Wadena was hit terribly and 75% of my client base is in that town and I'm eager to help them clean up their yards.

More when I can.


Gail V said...

Oh my gosh, I'm sorry to hear about your friend's home, and about the lovely sheep you've brought home.
Talk more about the light faced badger. I'm thinking the only fawn badger born here this year has a light color all over.

Michelle said...

Garrett, did you stop by the farm I THINK you stopped by?!? The one you didn't have time to stop by? And here all I thought you were taking home for YOU was Wally's katmoget, you sly dog, you! ;-)

Potosi Sheep Farm said...

He is a sly dog. I didn't think he was bringing anything home!
Garrett,I am so glad you got through that weather without mishap. Lots of us were worried about you.

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