Posts Tagged ‘Llamas’

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



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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



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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


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.

I Need Some Cheer!

I have yet another head cold this winter.  This is my fourth cold since November.  Usually, I get one or two head colds during the winter.  I don’t know what is different this year.  I take a multivitamin and have been eating more fruits and veggies than in the past.  And these colds have knocked me for a loop.  I sleep all the time, feel run down with body aches and a full head.  I have a hard time thinking so it’s just better to sleep.  It’s not the flu.

Needless to say, I am fairly disgusted with being sick.  I need some cheer, please.  Leave a message telling me what is wonderful in your part of the world.  I thank you in advance!

Sunny with a 100% Probability of Snow

One week ago, I was in California visiting my son and family.  The temperature was in the 60’s to 70’s with clear blue skies.  It was sunny and dry during the visit; and I was truly able to relax knowing that my Long-Suffering/Trophy Husband was back at home taking care of the critters.  It was wonderful to play with the grandchildren, knit and watch movies.

John, Ashley and the kids. (Hazel, too!)

We went to Joshua Tree National Park one afternoon.  At first, Grandson Liam was confused when he found out the “park” didn’t have a playground.  We had a nice picnic lunch and everyone scrambled on the boulders.  Meanwhile, back at home in Minnesota, a snowstorm was raging!  With a tinge of guilt, I enjoyed a warm, pleasant afternoon in the sun.

Joshua Tree National Park at sunset.

Now back on the farm, I am recovering from a head cold.  Yuck!  And today, more snow is falling out of the sky.  The snow is getting so deep, the animals will be able to walk over the barnyard fences pretty soon.  I dread the thought of shoveling around fencelines…

I took a few photos today of critters in the snow.  (It’s a bit tough to get a really good picture with the white background.)  Enjoy!


Aussie pup Molly (McFluffyButt) and Border Collie Angus (McNeedy)

Finn ram Eino with his girls. The snow-covered sheep in the foreground is black Finn Emmi.

It's warm under all that wool!






Friday Farm Photo #8 – the Good, the Bad & the Mucky

Oops.  I’m late.  Actually, I have not been motivated to blog the last few weeks.  Can you tell?  The posts have slowed down.  Between the sick lambs, and record heat, humidity, and thunderstorms we try to get work done in the barnyard.  The muck seems like it is knee deep (but not really) and the llama dung piles continue to grow.  (It’s hard to clean the barnyard when it is in a constant state of mud…)  We have the fans running in the barn and plenty of fresh water and shade for the critters.  As I fill the water trough, I spray several of the llamas with the cold water from the hose.  Karma, Nessa, and Minah enjoy having their neck, legs and undersides sprayed.  After that they roll in the dirt; water + dirt = mud.  Caked mud in their fleece – is good to help discourage flies – but bad for the Shepherdess who has to wash it out!

In this photo, the weeds at the left are about eight feet tall.  They are in an area which has not been reclaimed yet.  The grass is much greener than shown in the photo.  This lane leads to a back pasture of about eight acres.  The good news about all the rain is that we will have forage for the flock well into October or November.

I thought of taking a photo of the rain gauge.  But, quite honestly, I am sick of looking at it.  It has another two inches of rain in it from Thursday’s storms.

On a good note – Australian Shepherd pup Molly is doing great!  Here’s a photo of her lying low in the heat.

Friday Farm Photo #4 – A Little Late

I had a busy weekend and missed the farm photo last Friday, so here it is – a little late.

These photos were taken in the spring of 2009.  The lambs enjoyed jumping on Rudy and several other llamas.  It was a disappointment that this year’s lambs didn’t jump on the llamas.  Too bad, because they were just so darn fun to watch!

Twin Shetland Mule ewe lambs playing on Rudy

Friday’s Farm Photo #3

Some days life on the farm is just side-splitting funny.  Or should I say side-spitting funny?

Llamas are intense and regal creatures.  At least they like to think so. This is a photo of Minah a few moments after the spitting war is over.  Maybe she’s disgusted about the horrible taste of regurgitated rumen contents?  Or perhaps she’s humiliated that I caught her with her lip hanging – permanently documented on camera!  Whatever is racing through her mind – she doesn’t look very dignified!

Friday’s Farm Photo

Grandson Liam just loves chasing the sheep!

One of the greatest joys of having a farm is when family and friends come to visit.  This is one of my very favorite photos of life on our farm.  Our grandson Liam is three years old now.  This photo was taken about one year ago.

Last week’s photo was of our llama, Tangled up in Blue.  It was great to hear what you saw reflected in her eye – trees, sky, and a human-animal bond.  Thank you, I enjoyed reading your thoughts.  In addition to those things, here is what I saw.  Look again at the photo – in the center of her eye is the reflection of the shepherdess taking the photo.  🙂

“Where Did I Put the Ear Plugs?!”

Shetland lambs Curly and Phyllis. Curly is yelling for mom!

It’s that time of year when the blissfully peaceful country existence is set aside.  I know it’s coming.  I put it off as long as I can until it can’t be put off any longer.

Weaning.  Let the cries begin.

A 3/4 BFL 1/4 Shetland ewe lamb cries for her mom.

We left the lambs with the llamas and moved the ewes to the another pasture.  To help decrease the lambs’ stress, I gated the door from the llamas and opened a pen so the lambs can be close to mom.  However, instead of laying next to each other along the fenceline, they tend to stand apart and scream. Yes, sheep can scream…

Blue observes the barnyard chaos.

It’s amazing how much a lamb “baah” sounds like MAAAAAH!  Where are you maaahh??  Why aren’t you near me, Maaaahh?!  The ewes baah while they eat, looking for their lambs.  I have one lamb who sounds exactly like my daughter did as a teen.  Maaaahh!?  Sorry, Amanda but you know what I am talking about.  🙂

The llamas are always agitated when we work with the sheep. They like peace on the farm also!

It’s hot outside so the air conditioning is on and the windows closed.  We will be able to sleep without the noise.   In a few days, peace will again return to the farm for a short time.  A few cries will arise when lambs and ewes are picked up by their new shepherds.  New adventures await on different pastures.  Such is the cycle of a lamb’s life.

Rams Bluefaced Leicester Dougal (L) and Finnsheep Eino

The rams continued to graze as if nothing was new.  They are just biding their time until fall – breeding season!

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