Saturday, June 18, 2011

A few of the keeper rams

Some of you may have been missing some photos...So I went to the new ram pastures (its fenced off in quadrants).

Below is the fantastic, fabulous, incredible, Wintertime Jazz. He is 87.5% UK, and a very proven ram at four years of age. He is spotted, and homozygous black. He is out of Todhill Jericho (imported semen) and Whistlestop 0424 Izzy. This ram is the one I compare all other rams to that I have. He's still available to a serious UK type breeder.

The two gray kats and the moorit are ALL F1 Holly rams. Two fully horned and one polled. Cool huh? The big guy is WhitePine caiphas and we'll talk more about him below. The other gray kat is WhitePine Flo Rida who is Holly x ShelteringPines Fleur de Lis. I'm excited to use him eventually! The moorit is WhitePine Ludacris out of River Oaks Lucy. I'll be using him this fall. The fawn kat with scurs is FirthofFifth Kiso out of WhitePine Ephraim (F1 Orion mioget) and FirthofFifth Kamachariy (a Forrest daughter). Caiphas is 2, the other three are yearlings.

Another photo of Ludacris below.
This is WhitePine Caiphas out of Justalit'l Chloe and Greenholme Holly. He is going to Maryland to be a flock sire. he was my clean up ram last fall and produced some awesome lambs! So many that I don't need to keep him around.
Caiphas' rear (and whitePine Levi , polled F1 Jamie black ram)
White Pine Roman (Orion x RYL Rachildas) He's also going to Maryland, and yes his horns are turning ;) he's been used for two years and i LOVE his offspring.
WhitePine Levi, F1 Jamie out of RiverOaks Lucy. He's been used two years as well and just a super impressive ram.
Levi's noggin.

After I took several photos I realized I was missing a few rams. I searched the pastures high and low and couldn't find them. Surely they jumped the fence? Coyote? 


I just couldn't SEE them :)

WhitePine Barnabas (Fawn kat F1 Orion) and WhitePine Christian (F2 Orion F3 Jericho) were found 'grazing' in their pasture.
Both are two years of age.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Available ram lambs

These ram lambs are passing evaluations so far. This is RiverOaks Lucy, a proven poll carrier ewe with her WhitePine Barnabas (F1 Orion, F2 Timothy) twin ram lambs. Both appear scurred at this point and both are for sale as I have two polled Lucy boys already in the flock!
WhitePine Radler. Sire: FirthofFifth Nekomis x Dam: FirthofFifth Rahu (Black Forrest daughter)
Radler again
Radler in the background and WhitePine Salvator in the front (also for sale)
Radler with his dam Rahu.
Below is Salvator again. He is out of Nekomis and WhitePine Salome (black yuglet flecket sokket horned ewe). He carries spots and is linebred on Jericho .
WhitePine Kaliber out of WhitePine Levi (F1 Jamie) and FirthofFifth Koosi (F1 Jericho) who is shown below with her son. He could be double polled and could carry moorit. he does carry solid..
WhitePine Nastro Azzuro : WhitePine Roman (F1 Orion) x WhitePine Neriah (Blues x Nirvana). He is fully horned. Could carry katmoget under the white. Also could carry moorit.
Below is Kaliber again. Smooth polled handsome boy.
Nekomis x ShelteringPines Nessebar twin ram lambs. One of these is going to Washington, the other is available.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Black Sheep Gathering

Trying to finalize my trip! It looks as though I will leave around June 22 and be home around June 28. My dad is taking care of all animals (thanks Dad!) but it will be easy on him since all the sheep (rams included) and cattle (bulls included) are in lush pastures and will be just needing daily fence checks to make sure the fences are not down or someone is stuck.

I will be taking Oliver and Zoe with me to place them in their forever homes and Ballantyne and Brewer get to make the trip out west to see their daddy Pilot's breeders. It should be a good time.

If anyone needs hauling I'm the cheapest there is! Someone inquired with a professional hauler for about a 12 hour trip and the first animal was quoted at 1065.00 and each additional animal 65.00. I guess my rates don't look so bad after all :) And I'm doing a 29 hour trip so double that price! :) :)

I'm so fortunate to have a dad who is willing to help me out, and a business that I can get everything squared away before I leave and can leave in good hands until I return.

Unless something changes, this will probably be my last trip west for awhile. The only way I can afford to go is if I am able to transport animals for people and this year is a slightly more meager year in that regard.

Can't wait to see those of you who are going there! Should be fun as always!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sale List

black ewe lamb. Conformationally lovely. Will have a longer fleece than I personally like. Less crimp. Some would call this intermediate, but my guess is it will be 5-6" long with little crimp. It IS soft and she will be jet black like her mother. Sire is White Pine Roman and Dam is WhitePine Festus. Available any time.

ShelteringPines Fleur de Lis - gray katmoget smirslet ewe. Has given me two great ewes and a ram and therefore can move her on. She had mastitis on one side of her udder last year but is raising a single lamb this year with no assistance. Her price will be lower accordingly. Her pedigree and conformation are enough reason to give this girl a try!

WhitePine Eve - mioget F1 Orion. She is a very typey ewe like her mother was, and her micron results were nice last year. However she falls out at the last rib (too much britch wool for me) and although she really can produce (was bred to Jazz this year) I need to sell a few nice ewes to pay for some bills. Serious inquiries please.

Sommarang Emerald - black flecket. Looks like a dalmation. Had twins the last two years, very milky ewe. So milky in fact she was the ewe that got mastitis this year on one side. She is available for auction price immediately. I retained a daughter from her last year and she is amazing.

Wintertime Jazz. Anyone who follows my blog knows about this handsome ram. He's available to a serious shepherd who has the 1927 standard and Appendix A in mind when looking at the ideal Shetland.

Five ram lambs.
white ram - WhitePine Roman (F1 Orion) x Justalit'l Chloe. he's the ram in the previous post with the phaeo and incomplete color coming through. Fully horned.

white ram - WhitePine Roman (F1 Orion) x WhitePine Neriah (Blues x Nirvana). He's pictured in the previous post as well. I may hang on to him if he does not sell. Beautiful ram. Fully horned.

gray katmoget - WhitePine Caiphas (F1 Holly) x WhitePine Centennial (Jazz x Chloe). He is dynamite! Will not be available until mid July. He's correct in structure and fleece. Cannot fault him.

gray katmoget - WhitePine Caiphas (F1 Holly) x Justalit'l Black Lambo (everyone knows her!). He is horned, but to what degree I'm not sure. His fleece will have less crimp like his sires did at the same age, but should still be quite fine. Available mid July.

gray katmoget - FirthofFifth Nekomis (Blues x Bramble Nadeen) x WhitePine Salome (Jazz x SP Snow Cloud). This ram lamb carries spots, and possibly moorit but not sure. He's had pizazz since he was born and he knows it too. dam is also horned and therefore ram lamb could carry the horned ewe gene, although its hard to know without test breeding.

I also have four polled ram lambs available that I posted to the polled yahoo list.

Once micron results come back I may have a few more adult Shetlands for sale. With the current price at the auction houses it makes me anxious to breed them all to a crossing ram for market lambs next year, so I may not have many to sell. And with fleeces like the ones that are in my flock, its getting harder and harder to part with any ewes!

Available sheep

With my work load continuing to pile up, and less time to spend with the sheep, I am offering the following: My entire flock of BlueFaced ...