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Flock for Sale

For Sale:  A Spinner’s Flock of Finnsheep, Shetland, and Bluefaced Leicester and Border Leicester X sheep – ewes, rams, lambs in black white, brown, gray, solid or spotted.  We have had a good run with the sheep but it is time to disburse the flock due to the desire to spend more “adventure” time away from the farm.

Our loss is your gain!  Perfect for a small farm or fiber flock, they are priced to go to new homes.  We are also taking reservation for grass-fed freezer lamb to be ready in October/November.

PHOTOS AND PEDIGREE INFO WILL BE UPLOADED TO THE FOR SALE PAGES.  Please leave a message or email roundaboutacres @ gmail DOT COM

 

EWES

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We have one white Shetland ewe who is an attentive, milky mother – singled, twinned, twinned  $125, not registered

We have two purebred,  registered Finnsheep ewes available.  Reese Emmi and LRO Kuuka.  Both are black with HST spotting, Kuuka carries brown.  $250 + transfer fee

 

RAMS

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We have a registered Finnsheep ram Knuut for sale for $250 plus FBA transfer fee.  He is gray with mild spotting, carries brown.  Pedigree information will be uploaded with his photo.  He is a mild-mannered ram, soft, crimpy fleece.  He has thrown more brown than black this year!  His lambs are white, black, brown, piebald and HST spotting.

Finnsheep/Shetland yearling ram William, brown with mild spotting $200.  He is a gentle boy with fabulous, crimpy, golden-brown fleece with a wonderful handle.  He sired Shetland Phyllis’ twin lambs this year.

Border Leicester X yearling ram Jasper.  He is mostly Border Leicester with some Columbia thrown in.  He was put on four BL X ewes who are lambing now.  $150

LAMBS

Shetland X twins - black ram and white ewe lambs

Shetland X twins – black ram and white ewe lamb

 

Purebred Finn lambs $250 + transfer and registration fees

Finn/Shetland/BFL X lambs and Border Leicester X lambs $150

We are offering a Starter Flock of two unrelated Finn X or BL X  ewes lambs and a ram lamb for $425.

Fresh Fleeces Listed!

I have started the list of fleeces from shearing in October 2012. Most of the fleeces are lamb fleeces from our flock of purebred Finnsheep, Shetland, and crosses of Bluefaced Leicester, and Border Leicester.

Please check out the Raw Fleece page for photos and prices.  The quickest way to reach me is via the comment section or email at roundaboutacres AT gmail DOT com (you know what to do with the AT and DOT)

Thanks for looking!

(This posted has been edited.  I originally set up a new sales blog but decided, after two days of use, that I didn’t like switching between two blogs so I transferred everything to this blog.)

A Sad Reality

I have wanted to post for quite some time but haven’t been able to muster the courage….

This winter, I have had to face the fact that my lungs can no longer tolerate the dust and winter cold that comes with maintaining a flock in Minnesota.  When we moved to the farm, I knew that my history of pneumonia and lung issues would most likely have an impact on what I could or could not tolerate.  So now, it’s come to that point.

This will be our last lambing season and by the end of pasture season (October?) we will have sold MOST of the flock.  We will keep a handful of sheep and the llamas.  Trophy Husband insists.  I’m not so sure because that will place the burden of winter chores upon him, but we have a few thoughts on different ways to feed a small flock so there is less time spent, thereby decreasing exposure to the dust and cold.

Sheep For Sale

We will have Finnsheep and a Shetland ewe or two for sale.  I want to see what the lamb crop looks like this year before making the final decision.  Our lovely gray yearling ram, Stillmeadow Toivo, already has a new home at Little Red Oak Farm with Gail.  Our moorit Finn ram, Little Red Oak Eino (three years old) will need to find a new home.

I have a moorit Shetland Bonnie who has been exposed to Eino.  I would be willing to sell her now.  She is almost two years old.  This will be her first breeding.

We also have three 3/4 Bluefaced Leicester ewe lambs (one black and two white) who are for sale or will be going to the butcher within a few weeks.  They are beautiful, sweet girls with lovely fiber.

We have a small black, two year old Shetland with lovely Ag gray fiber.  She has not been bred.

I have not updated the Sale Site yet.  If you have an interest in any of our sheep please leave a comment and I will get back to you.

 

 

 

I’m Baaack! And I Have Sheep For Sale!

Yup, we’re still here on the farm!  It’s been awhile since I posted and the Friday Farm Photo has gone by the wayside.

Yellowstone

The Black Hills

At the beginning of September, we took a much-needed vacation to Wyoming and South Dakota.  Thankfully, the weather was perfect and we had a wonderful time!  While on vacation, I solidified my desire to do more traveling and camping.

The View that is waiting for a cabin...

Are you reading in between the lines?  More time to travel means less animals on the farm.  I have figured out my breeding groups for this winter so pretty much all the other sheep will be sold.  My focus is still on Finnsheep so I am selling most of the rest of the flock, including Bluefaced Leicester Dougal.

Please check out our sales page.  There is nothing wrong with any of these sheep – they just need to go to a new home.

Less Sheep = Less Hay to Buy

The best laid plans…

My flock goal at the start of 2010 was to make the switch to Finnsheep but keep some Mulesheep and Shetlands for a lovely mixed fiber flock.  I could breed for purebred Finnsheep but also have some fiber crosses and meat lambs.  Sounds like a great plan!

But plans are subject to change…

Negotiations broke down between the Minnesota Nurse’s Association and the Twin Cities Hospitals.  The Union members voted overwhelmingly to strike.  I don’t intend to bring the specific issues to this blog as I want to keep the focus on farm, flock, fiber and family.  So how does this piece of news relate to the farm?  The economic future of the “city job” is uncertain for the next several months.  As much as I don’t want to sell many of our lovely ewes, I also can’t justify keeping them when it may be impossible to afford to feed them this winter.

A sweet 3/4 Bluefaced Leicester ewe lamb.

Our loss is your gain.  I would rather see the ewes go to a good home on new pastures.  The reality of farm life is that they will be sold for butcher – but that is not my first preference.  The sheep and lambs are listed on our Sales Website; photos are throughout this blog and on the sale pages.

We are  almost sold out of Shetland ewes but we still have Shetland-BFL Mulesheep ewes, a North Country Cheviot ewe, and a few fiber crosses.  Also, we have three lovely 3/4 Bluefaced Leicester ewe lambs.  We can put together a fiber flock with one of the two Finnsheep ram lambs or Bluefaced Leicester Dougal.  And we have whethered BFL-Shetland Mulesheep boys with beautiful fleece!

Prices have been reduced on several sheep but feel free to make an offer.  Email is preferred at roundaboutacresAtgmailDotcom (replace At and Dot with the real thing.)

Rams Bluefaced Leicester Dougal (white ram - For Sale) and Finnsheep Eino (NFS)

Sheep Sales – Prices Reduced on Ewes

In the last three weeks, about half of our sale sheep have gone to good homes!  We have reduced the price on several of our ewes. Please click on the Ewe Sales Page to see what we have for sale.

Shetland yearling ewe Bonnie has a lovely, moorit single coated fleece.

We still have three Finn ram lambs available, two white and one black, with spotting and the rare brown color genetics.  Finnsheep are a gentle and easily managed breed.  By adding a Finn ram to your flock, you will see an increase in lambing rate as well as adding qualities of luster and crimp to your flock’s wool!

Finn ram lamb Esko after I removed his fleece jacket. (LRO Eino X Gale Woods Elina) He carries spots and brown. Awt/Aa B?/Bb S?/Ss

Finnsheep single ram lamb is spotted and carries brown. Aa/Aa BB/Bb Ss/Ss

Also available, with regrets, is our Bluefaced Leicester ram Dougal.  He has sired many lambs for us over the last few years.  Very easy to handle, he is a gentle ram with excellent, shiny, purly BFL fiber.

Finnsheep ram lamb Little Red Oak Eino and Bluefaced Leicester ram Dougal

Please click on our Sales Pages to see what sheep are still available.  If you don’t like our prices, please make an offer.  All offers will be considered.

Out of the Jug

Finnsheep triplet ewe lamb Eeva (NFS)

Hi, this is Eeva.  My brothers and I are doing great at six days old!  Here is the latest news from the barnyard…

A few days ago, The Shepherdess removed a panel from our jug and made it double sized.  That was nice because then we could explore and play more.  And we have great news!  Erno has opened his eyes completely!  Yay!  Now he can see me!  I like to snuggle up with him when we nap.  Esko kind of likes to lay off the the side by himself.  We have a very good mama, she is calm and has alot of milk for the three of us.

Finnsheep triplet Erno has eyes wide open!

The Shepherdess still brings me out a bottle twice a day.  I run over to her and drink it down but sometimes I only drink some of it because I have enough from my mom.  Last night after I had some milk from the bottle, I decided to take a nap on The Shepherdess’ foot.  She thought that was really special!

Finn ewe Eeva takes the bottle while Esko looks on. Esko is For Sale.

This morning, we got weighed again.  The Shepherdess was very happy that we have all gained almost two pounds in 6 days!  She put clean new jackets on us and then we got our ears pierced!  We didn’t need our tails banded though because we have short, skinny little Finnsheep tails.

Then the Shepherd walked my mama out to the nursery while the Shepherdess carried us.  It was really scary at first with all those new sheep and big lambs.  We cried and yelled for mama while the other sheep and lambs greeted us.  They were all nice to us though.  There is this one lamb named “Tank” – he is really big!  After awhile, we settled down and The Shepherdess took pictures of some of the other lambs.

Greeting party

Finnsheep ram lamb (For Sale) with 3/4 BFL ewe lamb 2010

Finnsheep ram lamb 2010 (For Sale)

Aren't I pretty? 3/4 Bluefaced Leicester 1/4 Shetland ewe lamb

The Shepherds are relieved that lambing is over and everyone is healthy.  They promised us that they will work on getting us onto some nice green grass now.  Our mamas are eating alfalfa hay but they are anxious to get on the grass because they see it growing in the pasture.

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