Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Traumatic Tuesday

Actually, the trauma occurred yesterday morning, when I decided to torture start halter-training the last lamb. Right after taking everyone out to pasture I caught Bart and haltered him for just a little bit. This morning was less traumatic, because I haltered him in the fold (along with five others) and led him out to pasture with the group.

Of course I took full advantage of the opportunity to get a good look at his fleece:
Mmm-MMM! He has a big, bold crimp and so much lovely variation in color; it's GORGEOUS! If he doesn't sell as a potential flock sire or fiber pet, I'd love to keep him until shearing next spring just for that hogget fleece. However, space here is an issue. At any rate, if no one has expressed interest in him as a ram by the end of June, I think I'll have Rick wether him.

That's it for today from . . .

11 comments:

Laura said...

Yum - that's truly gorgeous. I'd offer to board him until he's shorn, but don't know that I'll have a place!!

Kelly Bartels said...

Would you please come back with Garrett and halter train my sheep???

C-ingspots said...

Well, I tried changing my blog design, and I don't like it. I don't ever have time to really try and figure it out, oh well. Let me know if this works better for commenting, ok? I like that fleece color too - very pretty!

An English Shepherd said...

I didnt know that sheep could be lead trained :-)

Jenny Holden said...

Gorgeous boy! I love those halters BTW, where are they from?

Michelle said...

Jenny, the red and blue halters I bought used with my first sheep. They are fine; a little bit bigger than my others so will fit my rams, too. But the black and brown ones I got from usefullamaitems.com; they are the 3-way Adjustable Alpaca Halters (Mallon Design). I've gotten the XS for the lambs and the S for adults; next time I order I'm going to find what the next size up would be in the llama halters and get some of those for rams. They are the BEST halters!

Christine said...

I'm not sure which is more impressive. The fact that you had that many sheep on halters at the same time all going in the same direction or his GORGEOUS fleece.

Cloverleaf Art and Fibre said...

I echo Christine's comment -- Five sheep on halters at once, wow. And what a beautiful fleece.

kristi said...

Five sheep on halters and your writing to tell about it! Props to you as a brave woman! I am seeing you writing a manuel on this in the future!:)

Kara said...

Oh I really should start halter training too...thanks for the inspiration to get in gear!

Sharon said...

That's a great picture! I couldn't helping thinking, Mary had a little lamb, little lamb.....