New Girls, 2012
I’ve brought home some new sheep this summer, to add new bloodlines and traits that I’d like to see in my flock. I gave up a little in the fleece department on a few ewes but I know I have rams that can correct that quite easily. I selected the three ewes for their horns and their structure, and of course, new bloodlines. Unfortunately, I don’t exactly know what their real pedigrees are but that doesn’t bother me much as I started with a flock of “unknowns.” They’ll register, that much I know, and they’ll be the start of something new.
This is Gardenia, she brings nice wide lateral horns and height and length.
This is Aspen, she brings nice structure and substance along with pretty horns. She is my favorite of the three, a very pretty ewe to look at.
This is Ponderosa, she is obviously lacking in the lateral horn structure but I believe the genetics are there. It is quite apparent that her horns have been broken before causing a lack in length and one has been laid down in an unatural way close to her head. She has great structure, is tall, and has nice depth. All three girls are calm, cool, and collected — I’ve dubbed them the “cool club.” They go everywhere together at a slow pace as if they are too cool to be in a hurry. I love the different personalities of the sheep, and people say they’re “just sheep.” Not so.
This little gal is a lamb that I got from Robin at Meridian Jacobs in Vacaville, California. We did a trade, this gal (still unnamed) for Mud Ranch’s Foxglove – a two horned lilac ewe lamb. I’m really enjoying this ewe lamb. She has a nice presence, a pretty, crimpy fleece and her horns are coming in nicely.
There’s more to come, one of which is a ram lamb — but not a ram you’d expect to see here. More on that later.