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North Texas State Fair is around the corner!

And it’s now less than 3 weeks away… Read here for more info about the fair! I hope to see you there! Please help us share the word that the open breeding sheep show is back. What are we doing now? Well, Friday I shaved the heads of Niecey, Pixie, Flopsy and Malia and now they look like Cheviots.   I was taught to shave their heads three weeks before the fair so that their wool grows out nice and pretty. The day before the fair, I then slick-shear their faces, excluding the area from their topknot forward, and from the inside corner of the eye down to the smile.  This enhances the breed character. Some people shave the whole head, ears and all, but I feel that this makes them look like space aliens. The other thing we are […]

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New pictures of lambs for sale

We finally have pictures of most of the lambs that are currently for sale. They are all about the same age and would be best for fall or winter shows. Unfortunately they will be too big for Spring shows.  These photos were taken July 27, 2010.  You can click on the small image below for a larger photo. All are wethers except for #24, who is a ewe lamb. Below: #23 wether and #24 ewe lamb, twins born 2/19/2010. #23 has been sheared again since this picture was taken.

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Yes, we still have good lambs for sale!

These are all sold, but I am keeping this here just for fun! … But not this one.  One of our buyers sent this pic of “Rocket,” a ram lamb she bought from us. What a handsome boy! The funny thing about him is, he is off our Ballard ewe “Big Momma.”  The other twin showed much more promise early — we called him “Big Boy” — and called this one “Wrinkly Guy,” because he was just a wrinkly little guy.  I guess he didn’t get the best teat or something. When he was still in his scrawny phase, the breeder of our ram stopped by for a visit and he picked Wrinkly Guy out right away and said he liked him. I said, “Oh but he’s so wrinkly!”  Sure enough, he grew into his wrinkles and a young woman […]

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Weaning / Screaming has begun!

Oh weaning…. other than freezing in the barn all night, my least favorite thing about keeping sheep. We are past the worse of the screaming time, but the mothers are still not happy at all about being locked up and away from our nice, green grass. On the positive side, it’s getting to the point where it’s safe for most of the lambs to go home. We have not wethered the males yet, and have already sold one as a ram.  However, if you would like a show wether, we will wether him and send him home in a week – just so that we can watch for any complications (it hasn’t happened yet, but we don’t like to send home potential trouble). Most lambs were born 2-13 through 2-25, 2010 – these are being weaned now. Also, there is […]

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