Monday, May 26, 2008

MA sheep and wool festival

I am SO tired. We had a very good weekend at what was our first show for both sheep and fleeces. We left at 6am on Saturday and after a low bridge incident and a little map reading creativity made it to the show grounds at 8.30am. We entered Gypsy and Sabrina's fleeces in the 'Rare and minor breeds' class, Gypsy's was the one I was particularly proud of. Sabrina's was not as clean as I would have liked. Then we unloaded Gypsy and Dream Weaver and took them to their pen for the show on Sunday. After lots of practice they both lead like champions. A flake of hay and they settled right in.

Anyway then our tents went up and we looked around. I don't think it's bigger than the NH show but they have a lot more sheep there. 

At 2pm we got to find out the results of the fleece show and I am very proud to say that Gypsy's fleece won her class! Both fleeces also sold rather quickly which was a shame as I would have liked to get a picture of the ribbon with Gypsy's but when I went back with a camera it had already gone lol. 

On Sunday after a little asking around (and a lot of waiting) we found out that we were showing in the any other breed group in the wool division as we were the only Shetlands at the show. Dream Weaver came 3rd in the yearling ram class, getting beaten by 2 large welsh black mountains and Gyspy failed to place in her class that was a lot larger. I think the judge was looking for size and Shetlands are never going to win there, plus Gypsy is wonderfully delicately boned. The classes were a little disappointing and I'd like to see how they would do against other Shetlands. Overall the show was a success though and both sheep were fully admired, we also promoted the Shetland breed and Dreamer especially had a lot of adoring fans by the end.

Pictures will follow when I am more awake.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Growing along nicely

Well except for escaping sheep here at the farm (damn fencing) things are going well. We are getting ready for our first show which is both nerve wracking and exciting. Need to decide if I am going to bathe the beasties or not beforehand. Any suggestions?

The NH sheep and wool festival was very informative to attend and I learnt a lot about skirting and fleeces. Enough to think about showing a couple of fleeces as well as showing a couple of sheep at the MA sheep and wool festival. It was also nice to see Nadine as well.

Anyway here are some pictures of the lambs. They are growing beautifully. All of the lambs are very playful and curious. 

New fencing is on it's way thanks to Premier and my mastercard and hopefully the permanet will be enough of a shock that they don't try and visit the neighbors any more. I'll give a full report on how the installation and use goes :) 

Thursday, May 8, 2008

And introducing....

Ridgeway Yosemite out of BluffCountry Jewel who was a bad girl and broke in with Dream Weaver. Anyway a very leggy and beautiful HST ram lamb greeted me this morning. I'm not sure why all my girls insist on being shy during birth lol. Both mother and baby are doing very well.

Better pictures will be coming later.