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.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Redford

Minwawe Redford
The other day I was surfing around looking at lamb photos, and I hopped over to check out
Poor Ridge Ranch . I once had a ram named Minwawe Redford, my first spotted sheep. He was a cute little thing and very sweet. He stayed here for two breeding seasons and gave me some lovely ewe lambs. He helped improve fleece considerably and added the fawn color into my flock. However he was a miserable little bugger, as he had to room with Jeff the Rotten, Callum (Jeff's wethered brother) and Drake (Callum's ram son). Jeff didn't like him much, and tended to pick on him. Drake could get by with murder, maybe because he was family, but if Red so much as looked wrong he was in for it. Red was not a fighter and didn't even participate in the little tussles that rams seem to enjoy. He ended up on the bottom of the totem pole pretty quickly. I felt mighty sorry for him. Since I had several of his daughters it seemed best to try and find him a happier home.
I was thrilled when Terry from Arkansas decided to purchase him. She had a few unregistered ewes and later acquired some registered ewes from Locksley to round out her flock. He left for his new home in January one week before the massive ice storm hit this area.
This year it looks like Red produced a lovely crop, with several spotties. I absolutely loved this picture when I saw it on the website and asked for permission to post it here. Red looks pretty content, even with little lambies jumping around on him. Hope you enjoy!
(I promise I'm working on lamb posts!)

8 comments:

Vicki Lane said...

Love it! He looks like a real family man.

corinne said...

Handsome boy! I love his horns.

Deb said...

What a gorgeous ram! He seems very patient with those babies. She was lucky to get him :)

thecrazysheeplady said...

He's gorgeous!

Tammy said...

I just loved the picture with the lambs romping on him. It's funny---he is a classic example of why you shouldn't give up on horns on a ram lamb. He had the nastiest little horns for the longest time. They really were more like scurs. Then suddenly they just started growing and growing. I love the big wide sweep.
Tammy

Nancy K. said...

What an unbelievably gorgeous picture!! Such a handsome ram and being so tolerant of his lambs. It could be a BILLBOARD for Shetland Sheep!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

I agree with Nancy!

Allena said...

Redford is a great guy! Liam was also like this, I think when you have just one ram they are very family oreinted. I liked running the ram with the ewes, he kept them safe...

Lamb posts? Promises promises :)