As I went through my paperwork prior to my annual SFCP inspection last week, I came across photos and information on LOTS of sheep that have come and gone over the years. There were so many special sheep that I had to let go. That got me started thinking I should concentrate more on fiber and a less on lamb production. So I decided to get out of the third tier market lamb portion of my flock and just stick with the purebred Shetlands and BFLs. Fortunately I found a new home for my Shetland Mules and Ile de France/Dorset ram. They will be close by and I will be able to keep tabs on their production and answer any questions from their new owner.
I almost traded away my 2 year old natural colored BFL ram, Beechtree Granite, but at the last minute decided to hang on to him and trade our natural colored ram lamb, Devlyn instead.
Devlyn will get two ewes at his new home, I'm sure he can handle that. And he may even get to serve as clean up ram too. Lucky Devlyn!
Our new LGD, Shachah, is now in with the ewes. He has full run of the paddocks and is doing great. I'm loving having a BIG dog here so far.
Shachah started barking last night about 3:30 a.m. So do I have to get up and check out what's going on when ever he barks at night? Of course I did get up, but as soon as I turned on the outside light, he quit barking. Not sure if that was a good thing or not.
So my 2009 breeding plans for the BFLs have changed a bit. Granite will get Lanora and Rhyn again this year. He was used on them in 2007 and gave us two nice ewe lambs, we'll hope for that again. :-)
Ward Harwell will get Granite's two yearling daughters. Leora at left and Rhaya below.
I'll post more about my Shetland breeding group when I have some better photos of Greyson, the button scurred ram lamb I'll be using.