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.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Showing and Mittens in May!

I wore my wool socks and mittens out to do my chores this morning, and my winter coat!  Crazy!

The sheep are still not out on grass as it's been too cold for the grass to grow properly.  I've been walking my pastures and am very pleased to see how our improvements have materialized!  The sheep will be getting good eating when the warmth finally comes!

The farm is a very busy place, with lots happening, lots going on, but the sheep are just basically stuck and waiting it out at this point.  We are body clipping other animals, hoof trimming, and caring for other babies and loving every second of it.  Decisions are being made as to what shows to attend this year, and who to take.  We will not be showing any sheep, as the person showing doesn't want to do that, especially Shetlands.  Our very historic wool has sold extremely well over the years and people seem to love it just like we do, so we will be doing our sixth market season this summer!  We've had huge success first with showing sheep, then other species, but had a LOT more fun showing in other venues, and we've brought home many top trophies, including Grand and Reserve Champion, and top poultry showman three years in a row, and Champion of Champions in another species, as well as top herdsman trophies!  So there are many decisions to make, paperwork to fill out, and travel plans to pull together.  At this point, it's all speculation right now as it's early in the season.  We've now been outstanding in the shows in THREE species of animals!!!!  That is really something to be proud of, and shows excellence is at work here at Wheely Wooly Farm!  We'll keep trying in the season ahead!  In fact, we are going to switch family lines and see if we can do it again!  F-U-N!

The reason I'm sharing about showing is that I think it's a great idea to get off the farm and present your daily work before others.  It helps you set goals, and see where you are doing well and where you could do better.  It helps you focus on what you like, and gives you a better sense of direction for improvement.  I love doing that kind of thing.

So in this time of the lambs nearly weaning themselves off their mothers, and the grass nearly ready for grazing, our thoughts are turning to the show season, goal setting, tossing around ideas, and maybe making plans.  And maybe...just maybe...the warm air will find us as we work on this, and bring sweet summer back to our farm!

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