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, August 25, 2014
Violet, Lerwick's lamb
There is one person here on this farm who wanted to try something new in sheep. This shepherd went shopping for their dream sheep with money saved over two years, and ultimately picked out and brought home some really nice ewes to breed. Then, the search for a ram began, but one the shepherd really liked was not found in time, so the choice was made to use my purebred Shetland ram, Lerwick on these ewes for the first season. Wow! We are so glad we did that!
Meet Violet, one of Lerwick's lambs this year.
Isn't she lovely?
Violet is a keeper! She is going to have a nice future here on this farm. Her growth has been fantastic, with great bone density and glistening health. She has excellent parasite resistance so far, and is a very calm sheep. She has been raised like a Shetland, purely on grass. And her fleece has her owner very, very, very excited. Violet will be sheared this fall, and I have a feeling her fleece will be on the wheel as soon as it's dry!
Her twin is a ram and also has a wonderful fleece suitable for things their owner wants to do, which is dye the fibers and add glitz. A pack of assorted glitz colors has already been purchased just for this, with money made selling stuff to friends.
I think this shepherd is having a ball with their sheep. Thanks to Lerwick, things are going well! A non-Shetland ram has already been selected for Violet this fall, as she has grown so nicely.
It will be really fun to see what happens next!