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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.

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Baa, Baa Grey (?) Sheep

Our new Finnsheep ram lamb is from Gail VonBargen of  Little Red Oak Farm.  His mother is black piebald (wildly spotted) and sire is brown. So he BBBb with spots.  Or so we thought…  Last Saturday, as Knuut was being sheared, his fiber fell aside to reveal a beautiful silver grey.  Finnsheep genetics are not as well understood as Shetland genetics, but Shetland breeders would call this type of change “modified.”   I think it is beautiful, whatever it is called.

Finn ram Knuut

Finn ram Knuut

Fleeces

On Sunday, daughter-in-law Ashley helped me skirt 21 fleeces.  This is our first year shearing in autumn.  We will always shear twice annually from now on!  The fleeces were very clean and the six-month old lamb fleeces are luscious!  I am working on a Roundaboutacres Sales blog and will get photos and prices of sale fleeces online in the next few days.  In the meantime, here a few photos.

Bluefaced Leicester/Shetland Mulesheep Sasha

Finn/Shetland ram lamb

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.

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!

Finnsheep Ram Lambs

Elina’s five week old triplets are really growing and their wool is coming in nicely.  I was able to get a few photos this morning and wanted to post them before I head off to work.  We are keeping the brown spotted ewe lamb Eeva – she is exactly what I was hoping for in lambs this year!  Her brothers Esko and Erno are both for sale.  They carry brown and spots.  Looking at Elina’s pedigree she has more brown in her background than black.  I hope to add more detail to her genetic information this week.  Also, I will be weighing them sometime in the next week and will post the numbers then, but Esko is the larger of the rams.  There is also a photo with Finn ram lamb Elias, black and spotted, carries for brown.

(Click on the photo to enlarge.)

Finn ram lambs Esko and Elias (black)

Finn ram lamb Esko

Finn ram lamb Esko

Finn ewe Elina with Erno and Eeva

Why Do We Have Sheep For Sale?

Why are we selling our sheep? Finnsheep are the primary reason.  When we moved to the farm and I was researching sheep breeds, Finns were at the top of the list.  Some of their attributes include beautiful fiber highly sought after by handspinners, a gentle nature, a medium size, easy breeders, multiple births – including lambing quads and quintuplets…

Huh?!  Quints?  Now I became nervous!  Having never been a shepherd, or ever lived on a farm, I couldn’t wrap my mind around successfully handling multiple births.  So the breed moved down the list;  Shetlands and Mulesheep moved to the top.

We bought a small flock of Shetlands ewes and whethers.  That winter we added a ram and began our journey into breeding sheep.  Everything I had read about Shetlands and learned from Shetland breeders was true.  They are easy keepers, lamb easily, are excellent mothers, do well on rough pasture and browse, and due to their small size they are easy for a newbie shepherd to handle.  And the lambs!  They are so cute!

Finnsheep ram lamb Little Red Oak Eino (left) and Bluefaced Leicester ram Dougal (right)

A Bluefaced Leicester ram arrived next as we wanted to breed Mulesheep.  We are fortunate to have gained some clients who enjoy grass-fed lamb and we wanted to to raise a number of market lambs.  Beechtree Dougal came to our farm, purchased from Becky Utecht of River Oaks Farm.  Dougal is our gentle giant; he is a white BFL who carries color.  He has passed on his lustrous, purly locks to his progeny over the last two years.  He has sired five lovely Mulesheep ewes, four 3/4 BFL ewes and a number of rams – all with fabulous white or natural colored fleece.  With Dougal, I discovered that I really liked having a polled ram.  As Finnsheep rams are polled, we will now have polled rams.  Dougal is now For Sale.

Last year I bought a Finn fleece which came from Osmo, a brown Finn ram owned by Gail VonBargen of Little Red Oak Farm.  I loved the fleece and revisited the original idea of raising Finns on our farm.  We purchased Eino (sired by Osmo) in July.  He is a very mellow ram, like BFL Dougal.

Tim, the Farm Manager at Gale Woods weighed the ewes before they went into my vehicle. I didn't write down the numbers but as near as I remember, Emmi weighs 86 lb. and Elina weighs 78 lb. (at 7 months.)

Last fall we were able to buy two Finn ewe lambs, a black and white, from Tim Reese at Gale Woods Farm in Minnestrista.  His Finn stock has its roots in Wee Croft genetics –  very good genetics indeed.  The two ewes were in a group of sheep which were going to the sale barn.  Gail VonB. actually picked them out for me as she was at the farm looking at sheep and we live several hours away.

Gail selected two nice sheep for us.  Emmi, the black ewe, was sheared, and Elina, the white ewe, was still in full fleece.  I brought them home and they were bred to Little Red Oak Eino for April lambs.  This spring, we had four lambs from the two ewes; they all carry brown which is a rare color in Finns.  Emmi and Elina were very easy to work with in the jug and are steady girls when I approach them outside.

Greeting party in the nursery

So now we have about 35 sheep – which is more than we want to manage.  The Shetlands and Mules don’t really need any special management, just fresh water, minerals and good pasture; but the Finns and the 3/4 BFL ewes need some extra daily grain in their first year of life.  The management part is the amount of time and effort required on our farm to support the flock on “good pasture.”  We use a combination of field fence and electric with electronet fencing used to section of pastures for rotational grazing.  Eight llamas and 35 sheep are too much pressure for our pastures and we won’t be able to house that many come winter.

So our flock has grown! This is not a surprise, but now that we have more experience, we have a better idea of the numbers we want to keep.  My plan is to have 5-6 Finnsheep ewes and the 3/4 BFL ewe lambs, along with a few whethers and a Finn ram or two.

That means we need to sell Sheep.  Please check out our sale pages by clicking on the tabs at the top of the blog.  Leave a comment or email with any questions.  Thank you for looking!

It’s a Green May Day in Minnesota!

Finnsheep Elina walks with her triplets

Green Grass

The pastures are greening up yet not quite ready for the flock/herd.  This is the time of year when the animals get antsy.  The llamas, in particular, become annoyed when they can see the grass growing and are not let out onto it.  To prevent the llamas from jumping the fence, I let them out onto some grass growing right outside the barnyard.

The ewes got the choice grass in our back yard.  Unfortunately, that meant Gus had to stay on the porch while they grazed.  His herding genes were screaming as he sat and watched!

Gus loves to watch the lambs in the nursery. I made him stay on the porch when we let the moms and lambs into the back yard. Gus was very, very sad while he waited on the porch.

Moms and lambs enjoyed a few hours on the green grass and went back into the nursery.  The older lambs enjoyed their lamb races but the Finn lambs stuck closer to mama.  It won’t be long and they will be joining in the races.  This photo shows how fast the lambs grow.  The Shetlands were our first-born on April 1st.  They look huge compared to the Finn lambs born three weeks later.

Finnsheep ewe lamb Eeva and one of her brothers - growing but the still small! Shetlands Phyllis and Curly were born 21 days before the Finn lambs.

Finns For Sale

Below is a photo of Finnsheep Emmi’s single ram lamb.  He has excellent confirmation and his fiber is coming in nicely.  I still haven’t named him.  He is FOR SALE.  His sire is Little Red Oak Eino, a single brown Finn.  His dam is Gale Woods Emmi, a black spotted ewe.  I will post more detailed pedigree info. on the Sale Page.

Finnsheep ram lamb enjoying the grass (For Sale)

Finnsheep triplet ram lamb Esko is also FOR SALE.  I will update the Sale Page soon with information on him.

Finnsheep triplets Eeva (in red) and Esko (in blue.) Esko is FOR SALE.

Pretty Girls

And finally, I just have to post a few more pics of the 3/4 Bluefaced Leicester girls.  They are all so pretty!  I love their faces, ears, curly wool, long legs and loooong torso.

3/4 Bluefaced Leicester ewe lambs

A sweet 3/4 Bluefaced Leicester ewe lamb.

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