Well my friend Kody, Bless his heart, volunteered to help me collect fleece samples today. We did NOT get 106 sheep collected. We did get the Shetland rams and Shetland yearling ewes done (40 sheep......) fleece samples collected, photos of fleece parted on every one of those, and then standing photos of the sheep in full fleece. Some are not the greatest stances, but you get the idea.
I also roo'ed Jazz's sides completely (this is an annual thing) and Levi was completely in the rise (about a month later this year) and I got some good 'action' shots of that. My carpal tunnel really hurts so much that its difficult to type almost, but type I must!
Since I'm way too tired to edit and upload photos from today, you will have to accept the photos I took yesterday while it was sunny, instead of today when it was very overcast and SNOWING! ugh.
So here are a few from yesterday of the mature Shetland ewes. I hope you enjoy them. leave me a comment so I know you are reading!!
Below is WhitePine Neriah (Wintertime Blues x ShelteringPines Nirvana) She's one of my bestest ewes and when bred to an F1 Jamie (WhitePine Levi) last year she had an amazing ewe lamb whose fleece is so blue its nearly black. No lie. Photos tomorrow of that!.
Below is one of my favorite all time ewes. A matriarch of the flock, she has been improved upon with every ram she's been bred to. Her daughter from 2010 (Regine Spektor) was sold to a lovely family in Indiana. They want another :). RYL Rachildas is on the left. her breeder was from Scotland orginally and would certainly know what a real Shetland looks like. This ewe is NOT double coated, but a long intermediate. As an 8 year old her micron was 32.2 AFD, 6.2 SD and 20.1 CV. Fantastic numbers for an aged ewe. She has stood the test of time. I've retained two ewes and a ram from her and she will be available for sale this summer after lambs are weaned. She is Awt/Ag and thows spots on her Ag lambs every time.
Below on the left is WhitePine Skor. My shaela ewe from my very first year of breeding here. She was the pick of the crop and has such remained in my flock. She was bred to Orion last year and gave me a gorgeous shaela krunet ram and a fawn krunet ewe. this year she is bred to WhitePine Levi for solid colored lambs. Both carry spots. The sky is the limit!
The two ewes below are ShelteringPines Fleur de Lis (front) and ShelteringPines Nirvana (rear). Both ewes I persuaded out of Stephen's flock a few years ago. Every lamb from both of them have been retained. Nirvana has given me two ewes out of Blues and two out of Jericho. Fleur gave me Festus out of Jazz and Flo Rida out of Greenholme Holly. Nirvana is also bred to Roman, and Fleur is bred to WhitePine Barnabas, a mioget katmoget out of Orion and FirthofFifth Booto.
Below, the black gulmoget is FirthofFifth Taika, out of Forrest and FirthofFifth Twiling. I have her two full siblings from the next year here also. What is interesting is that Taika has one of the least crimpy or wavy fleeces, one of the longest fleeces, but is VERY single coated and one of my SOFTEST ewes.
This closeup below is of FirthofFifth Booto (F1 Timothy) and one of the Shetland-Cheviot ewes. Sorry. I haven't named them. I can't. Their kids are just destined for my freezer and its easier to not name any of the 'production' animals. If you biggify and look close you will see my F1 Holly ram WhitePine Caiphus in the with the ewes yet. He was my clean up ram that I ...uh...never took out. He'll get put back in with the boys at shearing. To his left is WhitePine Naomi, one of the Blues x Nirvana lambs (twin to Neriah who is photo'ed above). She is shorter, wider and has a longer fleece than her twin sister. She was the one i witnessed getting bred to Caiphus, so she'll be later to lamb.
The moorit in the foreground is WhitePine Bethany. She is F1 Orion x Justalit'l Black Lambo. Stephen never thought Lambo would produce moorit and Lambo gave me a ram AND ewe bred to Orion. Bethany is a fantastic ewe. The gray behind her is my F1 Greyling from Susan Kimball in California. She's 75% UK and her name is Owl Hill Pranilla. The spotted gulmoget to her left is FirthofFifth Agio, a Forrest daughter out of FirthofFifth Ashanti (also a Forrest daughter).