Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Definitely Not Gettin' Tired of This!

Locksfield Griffin x Fairlight Luna

Last night I went up to check the last two preggie ewes around 2:00 a.m. They had been acting suspicious, which is nothing new, since they have been toying with me for weeks now. At 2:00 a.m. all was quiet, Duckie looked a little restless, but Luna was piled up with the others, chewing cud. At around 3:00 a.m. I hear sheep baa-ing and some grunting noises. I had been hearing phantom baas all night, so I wasn't too keen on even going out there again. But I did. When I got to the barn, Duckie was standing there looking at me, no lambs... sigh. But wait--there was a little clearing around Luna. I moved the flashlight over the other sheep and literally gasped at what I saw. Fairlight Farm's first spotted lamb! Wow. Perfect marked looking little thing. Even if he is a he. :-) Yep, it's a ram, but I'm still thrilled all to pieces. After years of working towards this, the genetics are now in place. Luna is a Minwawe Redford x Locksfield Willow daughter and was a smashing little wildly marked moorit flecket as a lamb. She has since faded out to a oatmeal musket. Locksfield Griffin is a black smirslet/sokket. I had a trio of Redford girls this year, but two of them, bred to Sheltering Pines Jerome didn't take, so this was the only ewe to lamb that would show what was 'hidden'.

Yes, I took a zillion pictures and you will probably get to see them all! ha At first I thought he was black, but in the pictures I took last night, you could see a brown cast. This morning when I went out, he is a definite moorit. Whether he will be musket I don't know yet. He looks pretty dark, I'll check him over good later and see if there are any Ag signs. So is he yuglet or smirslet?

Whew..... lamb 14 now on the ground. And one more ewe to go.


Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

What an exhilarating discovery! Wow! Are you going to keep him yourself? You must have girls who aren't related to him. Is Ducky bred to Griffin as well? If so, I'm crossing my fingers and toes that you'll get a spotty girl or two from her.

Kathy said...

Congratulations, Tammy! I am so very happy for you now that you have your HST ram lamb!
To answer your ? from the comment on my blog, Bluff Country Skittles did the honors this year as sire. Everyone carries spotting but as you know, it's getting those spots to appear that's the kicker.

I am so very tickled to see your little guy. Will you be keeping him for breeding? Good onya, mate!

Tina T-P said...

Well, he's a handsome little devil! Congratulations - keep your fingers crossed - we're hoping Grumpy Gwendolyn has a spotted baby - ewe preferred, of course - ha, ha...

Glad to see you're feeling better! T.

Corinne R. said...

Congratulations! He's adorable. Still at least 2 1/2 weeks til I see spots here :(.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I'm coming from Jennifer's blog. We used to raise Shetlands:)

Vicki Lane said...

Hey Tammy,

I 'm finally caught up with your busy life! For weeks I kept getting the same Feb. post when I went to Musings and just figured you were too busy with lambing to post. Today I realized what I was doing wrong. Wow -- what great pictures and darling babies -- especially this little spotted ram!

Of course I haven't a clue about all this moorit/fleckit/smirslet/sokket stuff but I do like the glimpse into your life! And I love the word yurglet!!

Janna's Page said...

Congrats! Are you going to keep him as a ram?

hmm I wonder what his fleece will be like next year..

Can I call dibs on it? hehehhe


Jennifer said...

Wow, how cute is that! He may be even more adorable than goat babies (shh..don't tell my goats I said that! LOL) Congratulations!

Kathleen from Eggs In My Pocket said...

He is precious! Congratulations! Will you keep him for breeding? blessings, Kathleen

Tammy said...

Thanks for your comments everyone! He sure is a cutie. I will probably not keep him as he is related to about everyone. I think Allena might use him though if he turns out nicely. Alas no spottie girls this year, but its nice to see the spots starting to crop up. Welcome to the blog Amy, I'll have to drop over and check out yours. Vickie--the names that we use are to denote color and markings--they are taken from the orignal Shetland dialect, they are really kinda fun descriptions at times! Glad to see you stop back by. Thanks for stopping in Kathleen. Janna--I'm not sure he will still be owned by me by next year... :-)

Vicki Foster said...

I thought I was looking at pictures from my own camera!! We just had a lamb ram with very similar markings - my husband was fooled!!