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Introducing – Two New Finn Lambs!

Sometimes things just fall into place…

Such is the case with our new ram lamb from Stillmeadow Finnsheep in New York!  He is a gray badgerface twin  who carries brown.  Here is a photo of him in the isolation pen.  Those are sawdust chips on his back, left over from the transport.

Elizabeth at Stillmeadow Finnsheep has a closed flock with six flock sires.  I was browsing Finnsheep sites and came across this stunning ram lamb.  After a few quick emails I learned that yes, indeed, he was available and there was a gentleman from Minnesota who was purchasing a group of sheep from her.  I spoke with Chad and made arrangements to pick up the ram.  This was all possible because he was willing to provide transport for a very minimal fee.  Thank you, Chad!

The ram’s sire is a brown spotted ram from Eldorado stock and dam is a gray badgerface ewe from Cook stock.  We are so excited to have his excellent genetics added to our flock!  He and our current Finn flock sire Eino (with Wee Croft roots) will give us almost every color and pattern possibility – white, black, brown, gray along with badgerface and spotting.  We will work on piebald in the future.

I couldn’t get a very good photo of his fleece but here is a sample.  He is a very light gray – the blue cast is visible on the left in the photo.  And look at that crimp and shine!  Elizabeth said I would like this ram lamb and his fleece.  She is right – I am very happy with this boy.  Thank you, Elizabeth!

An enjoyable drive…

So yesterday, I drove a few hours away to meet Chad and pick up the ram.  After a particularly rough week – I will save that for another post – I looked forward to the drive and it was a glorious “puffy cloud, blue sky day.”  Gail Von Bargen agreed to join me for the day; we had a great day of good conversation and a nice lunch.  We decided I should bring home one of her ewe lambs I was purchasing so I drove to her place and picked up a lovely black spotted Finn ewe lamb (who carries brown.)  I will call her Katariina.  Her fleece is super soft – it feels like it is melts beneath my fingers!

Happy Mother’s Day to Ewe

North Country Cheviot with her mulesheep lamb "Tank"

The Shepherds and the girls would like to send out a wish for a wonderful day to all the moms out there!  The Shepherdess usually attends Shepherd’s Harvest and Llama Magic in Lake Elmo on this weekend.  In fact, I was going to teach a class on drop-splindling, have a booth at Llama Magic, and take a class on spinning novelty yarns.  Unfortunately, a bug attacked and I am home sick with the flu.  Aargh!  Sometimes, the best laid plans…

Mulesheep Sasha with her 3/4 BFL ewe lamb

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, here are a few photos of the girls and their lambs.

We hope you had a great day!

Shetland Lulu and her mulesheep ram lamb

Minnesota Grown Fiber Friends

Minnesota Grown Friends

I have decided to join Minnesota Grown, which is an organization that helps to promote locally grown Minnesota produce and products.  As I was looking at the site, I was delighted to stumble across this video clip of a shepherd friend.

Sherry Stirling, of Grazeland Farm in Lindstrom, MN, has been involved in Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers (MLWP) for a number of years.   Sherry was one of the first “sheep” people I met when I took a Beginning Shepherd class given by MLWP at Shepherd’s Harvest a few years ago.   She and her husband live on a farm that is just a few miles away, as the crow flies.   They have been helpful and kind to the newbie Shepherds at Roundabout Acres, offering advice and even help, if needed, during lambing.  Sherry and her flock were recently featured on a local television program.

If you’d like to watch the clip – complete with woolly sheep – click here.

Newbie Spinner

A few months ago, I answered an email from a local gal who was looking for fiber.  She had bought her first – yes, I said first – wheel and was anxious to get started with spinning.  I brought over some lovely, soft, white Shetland and my wheel.  After a Fiber 101 lesson, we chatted and spun yarn for several hours.  She had received a beginner lesson from another local spinner; I gave Patty her second spinning lesson and the rest is history…  I knew another spinner had joined the flock.  A few weeks after that, she bought another wheel and fiber from Craigslist and has been spinning like crazy ever since.  It’s nice to have a new fiber friend who lives nearby and is so passionate about the sheep! Welcome to the world of fiber, Patty!

Patty proudly shows off her first handspun fiber.

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