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.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Lambing is done!

Quick update:  we are all done with lambing now!  The ewes and their lambs are all mixed together, with the lambs having a blast racing around, leaping, and playing together.  It's a super fun time to be on a sheep farm!

Our weather has moderated thankfully, but that brings lots of glop, muck, and mud.  But the robins, red-winged blackbirds and sandhill cranes are here and we are so delighted, the mud is a distant afterthought.

Meanwhile, the barn needs lots of tending after that brutal winter.  Light bulbs need replacing, door handles broke, bedding froze rock hard in a deep layer, and sheep fencing needs to be put back together.  The work is rewarding, and quite pleasant when leaping lambs are racing around and playing!

We are also working on bringing in this year's fleeces, but that is a work in progress with all the barn repairs needed.  We are very excited about some of the fleeces!  There will be whites, and many natural colors for a wonderful array of yarns to come.

Meanwhile, wait until you see what we've been working on in the house, after dark!

Have a great weekend everyone, and hope you have some nice spring weather to enjoy!

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