It has been a month since these pretty faces have been in our pasture, but it seems just like yesterday that they arrived!
They are all California girls and I think they have enjoyed the move to the valley of green 🙂
There are 4 new girls and 3 of them are lambs. From left to right – Viola, Pansy, and Trinity.
Viola is a 4-horn lilac ewe lamb (Kenleigh’s Tristan x Castle Rock Aphrodite) from Joan at Mud Ranch. I had originally picked out a couple ewe lambs from pictures online, but had the opportunity to see them in person at the end of April and fell in love with her. She brings blood lines from the East Coast that are new for us.
This is Pansy, also from Mud Ranch. She has big shoes to fill because her mom is one of my favorites. Her mom is Kenleigh’s Paisley and I knew she was special the moment I saw her. I still enjoy seeing her on my visits to Joan’s house and this year she had a ewe lamb that reminded me a lot of her. I am very happy that Pansy has come to live here!
Trinity is from Meridian Jacobs and also brings some new blood lines for us. Her sire is Sweetgrass Clint.
The three young ones were chaperoned by Susannah. She is another Mud Ranch girl and another wide 2-horn ewe to add to my collection. Since she has been here, I have found myself singing ‘Oh! Susannah’ on more than one occasion 🙂
Love her horns!
I was headed out to take pictures of our new sheep to share with you and I couldn’t find some of them! I know I put them in the pasture and I saw them in there the previous day, I even have proof….
see, there they are!
Here is the empty pasture – no sheep here…
I knew they had to be somewhere, but I was getting a little perplexed.
Finally, I looked a little closer at this cave in the blackberries…
There’s the missing sheep!
They have made themselves a ‘man cave’ and enjoy spending the heat of the day tucked away into the coolness.
Now that I found my sheep, I can share them with you 🙂
The new boys are…
Unzicker Aragon – all the way from Royal Unzicker in Pennsylvania! He started his trek at the beginning of May and finally arrived here at the end of June. He seems to have travelled well and has made some new friends.
Windy Acres MacCallum – from Sandra Van Liew in Hermiston, OR. I admired ‘Mac’ as a lamb and feel fortunate that we were able to add him to our flock at this time.
Here is Mac and the ram lambs. He has been very well-behaved and the young boys love following him around. No question about dominance in this group 🙂
The new girls are…
bide a wee Shana – from bide a wee farm in Newberg, OR. Her sire is Sweetgrass Tobin, very different bloodlines for our flock…and her fleece is so soft and pretty!
Mud Ranch’s Lisette
Mud Ranch’s Hyacinth – both are from Mud Ranch in California. I love different qualities about both of them and am excited to have them join our flock.
Our new sheep are here! A couple of them have been on the road for two weeks. I wish I could tell them that their travels are over because I’m sure they are just waiting to be put on another trailer.
Bringing new sheep home is fun, but it should be done with care. As much as I would like to turn these new sheep out into the pasture, this would be haphazard because they have been exposed to a lot of different sheep and farms over the last couple of weeks.
I would hate to expose my sheep to an unknown threat, so the new sheep will have to wait a little longer to enjoy the Oregon grass.
I have them in a quarantine area in the barn. This will help acclimate them to our property and I can watch them closer for any signs of distress. I am also taking this time to worm them. In addition to buying new sheep, you could also be buying worms that you don’t currently have in your flock. It is recommended to worm with 2 different classes of wormer. It is best to flush the worms out in your quarantine area and not in your pastures.
In addition to Albus, whom you have already met – we have…
a handsome 4-horn ram lamb from Peg Bostwick. His name is Sweetgrass Clint and he will be traveling to California with Robin Lynde in the middle of October.
Albus’ traveling partner – Blue Ewe Meg. Very pretty girl with a lovely fleece.
An unplanned (but one I am excited about) purchase from Dan Carpenter. Such a cute face on this girl. Her name is Dandy’s Hope.
This girl may look a little out-of-place 🙂 She is a Navajo-Churro from my friend Karen at bide a wee farm. Her name is Ursa and she is the ewe that I mentioned briefly in a previous post about breeding to one of my ‘brown’ looking jacob rams. I can’t wait to see the resulting offspring and am hoping for something other than black. I wish I understood color genetics better (I am TRYING) so that I could discuss it with some intelligence. So, please don’t ask any technical questions – but feel free to help me in understanding the extension brown and dominant black aspects! On another note about Ursa – her name means ‘bear’. So far I haven’t seen that she takes after her name, except for maybe looking like a big brown bear. The churros aren’t much bigger than the jacobs, but just that little amount seems like a LOT!!!
After Albus realized that Clint is NOT a girl, they have settled down…
now he has his eyes (nose) on Ursa.