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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.

Shearing Day – Fleeces available!

Shearing Day!

Saturday is shearing day on the farm.  We are trying something new this year – we will shear in the fall and again in spring.  Many Finnsheep shepherds shear their sheep twice annually.  The fall clip is clean because the sheep have been on pasture with no hay to contaminate the fleece.  I have also noticed that with the Shetlands and the Shetland/BFL cross sheep, the staple is VERY long when sheared annually; at times it has been too long for the fiber mill.

Fleeces are available from $9-$16 per pound plus shipping.  Please email roundaboutacres AT gmail DOT com

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Breeding Groups

We have two breeding groups this year.  Our new Finn ram lamb is Little Red Oak Knuut.  He is BBBb (black, carries brown) with spots.  His mother is piebald.  On Oct. 7th, he was introduced to ten ewes and ewe lambs and everything appears to be going well.

The second breeding group consists of four ewe lambs and a ram lamb which we brought home from northern Minnesota.  They are Border Leicester crosses.  The ram is 3/4 BL, the ewes are Border Leicester,  BL/Columbia, or BL/Karakul crosses.  I am really curious to see what we get from this group.  We are hoping for lambs with a bit more size.

And I had to include this humorous photo of a ewe lamb who didn’t want to go into the breeding pen.  She flopped… and then she flipped.  Enjoy!

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)

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.

More Lambs! Yeah!

Three More Lambs

On Sunday, our black Mulesheep (Shetland X Bluefaced Leicester) birthed beautiful twin lambs, one black and one white!  I arrived home from work to find her cleaning off the black lamb.  The white lamb was already fairly dry and nursing from mom.  I quickly checked the sex of each – EWES! Yeah! – then picked up the black lamb and led Maliah and her white lamb into the lambing jug.  I could tell that milk was flowing from both of mom’s teats from the milk mustache on each lamb.

I snipped and dipped the lamb’s navels and gave them each a squirt of Nutri Drench. I then gave Maliah hay, filled the water bucket and gave it a few good glugs of molasses.  The white lamb weighed 7 lb. 1 oz., the black weighed 6 lb. 14 oz.  The white lamb has a black spot on her rear right leg.  They both have tight curled, purly, BFL type fiber.  They are 3/4 Bluefaced Leicester 1/4 Shetland so that is exactly what I was hoping for!  I didn’t get a great photo of the black lamb so I will post a photo later.  Her fiber looks very similar to her twin’s.

2010 Twin ewe lamb, 3/4 BFL 1/4 Shetland

2010 Twin ewe lamb 3/4 BFL 1/4 Shetland

Monday Morning

2010 Mulesheep (Shetland X BFL) ram lamb

I woke up this morning to find that first-time Shetland mom Lulu had a white Mulesheep ram lamb at her side.  He also has fantastic fiber.  Yeah, again!  I got them into the jug and snipped, dipped, stripped and watched the lamb sip.  Lulu had one side of her udder which was more filled out than the other and the second udder took more stripping to begin flowing.  The lamb had been drinking out of the other side.  I will watch her udder closely.  This lovely boy has a few facial spots and a quarter-sized black spot on his right hip.  He was a mellow boy in the sling and weighed in at 10 lbs.

The Jugs are Full

We have three lambing jugs.

In this photo, you can see our three lambing jugs look more like a jail.  We had to install a hog panel across the top of the jugs for “crowd control.”  The panel is hinged and can be attached to the ceiling.  Those darn llamas love nothing more than stealing the ewe’s good hay!  It doesn’t seem to bother the ewes but I feel a bit sad for them.  The Shepherd made the panels all removable so the small barn has more space when we are finished lambing.  In a few weeks, we will set up a creep feeding area for the lambs.  We haven’t done that before so I’m sure we will have a few new challenges working on that!

Fiber Fun

BFL X North Country Cheviot in an exhausted food color dyebath

It’s snowing, blowing and cold outside.  We are in that monochrome time of year – white… gray…brown…black.  My last post, Friday’s Frosty photos not-so-vividly displays our winter colors in Minnesota.  Needless to say, I am in the mood for color!  I pulled up some photos of recent fiber adventures.

I love dyeing.  I enjoy seeing how the colors will reveal themselves; I also enjoy those “oops” moments when I don’t stir the dye well enough (see below) and the color separates.  I particularly enjoy working with food color because the only thing I need to worry about is preventing spills and cleanup.  No mask needed and I can use whatever pots and utensils I choose.   This BFL X NC Cheviot was dyed using blue with a few drops of black.  I didn’t stir well enough so the black separated out a bit.  This black has red in it so it leaned more toward the purple end of the spectrum.  The colors came out beautifully.  I am still spinning it so I will post a photo when it is all done.

BFL-NC Cheviot dyed and dried.

BFL X NCC Mule fiber. I carded this fiber, leaving in the short fibers for texture. This fiber is VERY SPROINGY! I am combing some blue to spin for comparison. I will post pics when done.

BFL-NC Cheviot dyed and dried. I used yellow food color with a few drops of red.  This fiber has a very nice, springy soft handle.

Last week I visited my llama mentor Sheila Fugina, of Shady Ridge Farm.  It was an enjoyable afternoon spent with our hands in fiber, chatting, and petting her lovely llamas.  I asked Sheila to share some of her knowledge of llama fiber and skirting techniques.  It’s always helpful to gather some tips from the experienced fiber person!  It was a wonderful afternoon.

Sheila showed me her new corespun yarn.  It can be used for weaving, crocheting or knitting, or whatever your imagination desires.  The llama was blended with sheep wool, in this case Shetland, and loosely spun around a twine core.   I will have some made this year.

Sheila holds a bump of Llama/Shetland corespun yarn.

Corespun Llama/Shetland yarn

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