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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.

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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)

A Surprise Visit

We had a delightful surprise visit from our “second son” Mark this week.  Mark is our daughter’s best friend from childhood; and his parents, Robbie and Frank, consider Amanda a daughter to them.  As fate would have it, both Amanda and Mark live and work in the Washington, D.C. area.  Mark and his partner, Troy, hosted Amanda and Kisu’s wedding at Troy’s lovely home last summer.

Shetland ewe lamb Phyllis nibbles on Troy’s arm while he gives her a scratch.

Mark and Troy were in Minneapolis visiting Mark’s parents when they decided to drive up to the farm for a visit.  It’s an especially fun time to visit the farm now that there are lambs romping in the pasture.  And the llamas always enjoy visitors!  It was a brief but very enjoyable visit.  Thank you Mark, Troy, Frank and Robbie for stopping by!

Mark and Troy being greeted by llamas and Finn ram Eino

After we showed our visitors around the farm, Troy and I caught a few ewe lambs to cuddle.  Troy has a small acreage of his own and recently started raising chickens.  I could tell he has had practice “catching” because he quickly caught a lamb.

Troy was a natural with the lambs!

Mark is holding Finn ewe Eeva

I love this photo of Frank holding Eeva!

At the end of our sheep cuddling session, Finnsheep Emmi walked through with her ram lamb Elias.  He has good growth and confirmation.  He is FOR SALE.

Finnsheep ram lamb Elias with his mother Emmi.

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.

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.

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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