Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles
Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles! Our farm mission is to enjoy and promote the wonderful diversity of the Shetland breed by fully utilizing to the best of our ability all they have to offer historically. We believe the best preservation and management of this breed includes it's full spectrum of history. We encourage old and new shepherds alike to join in the fun by engaging in fiber arts, especially spinning and knitting, as this breed is so intimately linked with those aspects of the arts.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Can you believe it?? Another trophy graces our home! This trophy was earned at a state poultry competition in which exhibitors came from all over our state and others! There were hundreds and hundreds of birds, all bathed and poofed. How fun to see all the varieties, shapes, sizes! This trophy was earned in showmanship, making it the fifth trophy to come home this summer in only two competitions!
The class was pretty big. We have not attended a show like this before and felt we were just going for the experience. Imagine our surprise when our exhibitor won Reserve Show Person!!! WOW!!!!! Not bad for the first time out! The other exhibitors seemed to know so much, and had beautiful birds. We met more new friends, and learned a lot more about the show and other breeds, and breed clubs. It was a great experience that I'm sure we'll never forget!
The bird we took was a beautiful black purebred Ameraucana pullet. She has lovely muffs and a full beard, but unfortunately, she began moulting just before the show!! Oh no!!! We took her anyway, as she had JUST started, and hoped for the best. Her body was still beautifully feathered, with just a few tail feathers missing. She did get placed down to third, but we were happy anyway! First white ribbon added to our growing collection! The chicken's name is Star, and she made for another happy trip to a show. I'll get pictures of her maybe tomorrow and post them.
Ok, when's the next show! (giggle, giggle)