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.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Gwendolyn has twins today!

Quick update:  Gwennie had her lambs today!  Twins again!  One ewe, one ram, both black with little bits of white on top of their heads.  The ram is a lot like Splash, Gwennie's ram from a previous year.  I hope his fleece will be like Splashy's as his is the softest our farm has ever produced!  Gwennie is a great mom, and I have very little to do.  I got them in the jug and navels dipped, got her nice hay and a good drink.  That's about all I need to do, and she does the rest.  I think she's tired.  She gave birth in the main ewe pen, which is where we have all our ewes lamb cause the other ewes have never really been a problem and it's natural.  However, the other little lambies in there kept her plenty busy!  It seems they could hardly wait to meet and initiate their new little playmates and she was continously gently butting them away from her new babies!

In the meantime, I'm still trying to get those photos!  Things have been very busy around here, and yesterday was a" got loose, broke, not working" kind of day!  When a farm is running harmoniously, it's all because of the shepherd's hard, attentive work!  

(Read: lots of repairs and clothing changes!) lol

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