Monthly Archives: April 2011

Feeling Fleecey

The weekend before Easter weekend we had the sheep shorn, 41 ewes done and 4 rams to go (in mid-May.)  This past weekend, my friend Shannon at Kenleigh Acres visited us on her way through to deliver some sheep for delivery back East (no, she wasn’t going all the way back east, though with her drive it probably felt like it!) and she helped me go through my fleeces.  We made three piles; raw/show fleeces, process fleeces, and compost fleeces.  The nice thing was that I had more raw/show fleeces than the other piles and the compost pile was definitely the smallest.  That was a good feeling – all in all, some nice fleeces to be had!

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Yesterday I was lamenting that I had to get all my fleeces skirted and cleaned so that I could list them for sale or send them off for processing – BUT I didn’t have a skirting table!  Since we had an Easter lunch, instead of dinner, we had the whole afternoon to ourselves and Hubby decided to head up to the barn with skirting table plans in his hand (thanks to bide a wee farm!).  He knocked it out quickly, and it’s portable, all I have to do is fold it up and take it where I’d like it to go which will be handy for the piles of wool at the house still from last year and the piles of wool in the barn from this year!

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So here’s Paisley’s fleece being cleaned – second cuts, and dirty wool being pulled off.  The second cuts were allowed to fall through the chicken wire and pile up on the floor leaving a beautiful fleece behind.  One down, 40 more to go (give or take a few.)  Here’s to hoping I can get it all done within a reasonable amount of time – and boxed and sent to a fiber mill!

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So thank you to Hubby, Shannon, and bide a wee farm for the making of my skirting table, and fleeces – may you continue to smell like wood dust and lanoline.

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Lambing Season is Over

I believe I can officially say that lambing season is now over.  We had 53 lambs born, 28 ewes and 25 rams.  To say we were busy is an under statement and actually this season was too drawn out for me.  I found myself ready to quit on ewe number 20 and then they kept going…  But, lots of healthy lambs and mostly uneventful.

Mud Ranch's Stardust with her ram lamb, Stetson

I’m seeing a lot of consistent fleeces and some pretty color patterns.  Seems as though my breeding plans have been working out and I’m starting to see the fruit of my labor.  That’s always a good thing!

Mud Ranch's Percival aka "Percy"

I’ve also been impressed by the amount of four horned lambs.  I personally like the two horned variety, especially a nice wide sweep, but the four horned are easier to sell as they’re more unique.

Mud Ranch's Princess Eloise

And Larry Boy isn’t our only bottle lamb – meet “Ellie.”  She is by Kenleigh’s Prescott and out of Sagebrush Lura and was abandoned in the bucket of our tractor.  I have no idea why she was there, and why she was never claimed but she’s now living in the garden with Larry and we’re enjoying her girlie antics.  There’s a big difference between ram lambs and ewe lambs – Ellie is much easier to feed… She’s certainly more polite.

Mud Ranch's Cora

With Prescott babies came the lilac coloring back to the flock.  I’ve been using Raider on all the girls to improve fleeces and he has also improved horn-sets too but I’ve been wanting to bring back the lilac coloring also.  Prescott is a black and white himself, but his daddy was a lilac (Patchwork Abraham) so he is what is known as a lilac carrier.  When bred to a lilac or another lilac carrier, the resessive genes could mingle and produce lilac babies such as little Cora, above.  Her mama is a five or six horned lilac (five horns can be seen, the sixth is fused) sired by Kenleigh’s Debonair.  Cora (for “corazone” – notice the little heart on her butt?) will be staying here.

Mud Ranch's Patrick

Little Patty here was born on St. Patrick’s day, hence the name.  He is developing very nicely – nice length, topline, fleece and horns!

We’ve had some hiccups over the past couple months but all in all, came out with some lovely lambs and another successful lambing season.  To see updated photos, pricing, and all the lambs in one place, visit our website at: www.mudranchjacobs.weebly.com (lots of nice potential flock sires!) or check out our facebook page at: www.facebook.com/mudranch – you know, you can even look at my facebook page, without having a facebook account so don’t be shy!

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