Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Life is hard and then you die"

That is probably what poor Benny is thinking right about now. This morning we finally did the deed so he can hopefully live a long, happy life as a loved-on fiber producer. (Brian will be thrilled with the news; he's told me I couldn't sell Benny.)

A glimpse of Benny's fleece

We'll have to work on the "loved-on" part; Benny's had minimal human touch for the last couple months in case someone wanted him as a future flock sire, and is as wary of people as Barbados is now. But I am confident I can coax out those memories of bliss buried in the back of his mind – memories like this:
Sweet baby Benny!

Speaking of Barbados, he still has all his parts and will keep them if I have any say in things. He is the most stunning ram lamb I've raised; I think he will find a breeding home eventually. Below is a fleece shot I snapped this morning, along with a shot of his scurs, which haven't grown at all.

After torturing Benny, I exchanged Bali's coat for a bigger one (admiring her crimpy fleece in the process), and cleaned up Blaise as best I could and put a coat on her. Blaise's dark fleece is long, very soft, and is finally showing some crimp at the base, but the camera could only capture a picture with flash, which doesn't show it accurately.

We're getting a good, soaking rain on this cool, spring-like day; that's why we took care of Benny this morning. After a couple more mild days it's supposed to heat back up; hopefully by then Benny will be over the worst of his recovery.

Oh, and Rick, 2; ground squirrels, 0.

That's it for today from . . .


JanetD said...

Yea Rick - go get em! Those ground squirrels really will drive you crazy if you don't deal with them.

Spinners End Farm said...

Poor Benny! Life is hard for a ram lamb if you aren't acting as the Tup. Better the deed than in the freezer! He will forget and be the most loving sheep in your flock. :)

Fiona said...

What lovely fleece to be!

Laura said...

Go Rick!! If you have the time ( yeah, right), you might think about shearing off the "Lamb tips" from Blaise's fleece for sure, and the others if possible. It will make their first real shorn fleece much nicer. The lamb tips tend to be tender and break off when processing. They are very yummy, every one!!