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.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Meet Wheely Wooly Starlight!

Wheely Wooly Starlight
born April 21st

Greetings everyone!  Spring is giving us lots to do, and lots of fun!  Late Friday night, our Shetland ewe, Sweetie went into labor.  She gave us Wheely Wooly Farm's first ever white Shetland lamb!  He was born early Saturday morning quickly and easily, and of course, his mother is awesome at her mothering skills!  Sweetie is a very gentle and loving ewe so we weren't surprised!

Little Starlight was such a surprise in that he's all white!  He's sired by "King of the Farm" Wooly Bear...who has sired all of Sweetie's lambs.  Together, they have given us moorit and Shetland black, but this is a first for all white!  We named him Starlight for the clear, quiet, cool spring night he was born in which nearly every star was out and shining brightly.  As we made our sleepy way back to the house a few hours before sunrise, we were struck by how many stars were out and glowing brightly.  Out here in the country far far away from the city lights, the night sky is indeed impressive!  We thought Starlight would be a perfect name for our first little white lamb.

Meanwhile, little Moonlight is now out on pasture with the big girls and doing great!  He's such a little cutie!  When Starlight was born, he was very excited and was prancing all around the pen.  As his little hooves hit the ground, he made the CUTEST little sounds of "thump, thump, thump"!  His all black wool makes him look like a little shadow in the night, especially to tired eyes.  I'll never forget sitting in Sweetie's jug, watching her nurse and care for her new tiny lamb, while Moonlight's "shadow" thumped happily by time and time again!

Have I ever mentioned how much I enjoy my Shetland sheep? :)

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