Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bada-bing bada-boom photo-bomb

Yesterday I gathered up some baggies and a Sharpie for wool samples and headed to the Sheep Sheraton with the goal of doing the prep work on the remaining five girls. But on the way I noticed that Bittersweet had his head caught in the fence, a not uncommon occurrence this time of year when spring growth IS greener on the other side of the fence.

Blake and his two compadres are harder to round up and catch than the little boys or the girls, so this presented an opportunity. I turned the girls out to pasture, and went to extricate Bittersweet, exchanging a halter for the fence. I was hoping the other two would follow if I led Bittersweet into the fold, then got even luckier when Blake came up and I was able to put a halter on him, too.

Now Bing would be sure to follow!
None of them needed much in the way of toe trims, and truth be told, I probably should have rooed Blake and sheared Bing and Bittersweet while I had them in custody. But it was late and Rick came home while I was collecting the last fleece sample, so I didn't have time. (I'll have to hope for another head-stuck opportunity to catch them for fleece harvest.) Here are the three big boys and their fleece samples (if interested in fleece, click to biggify).

Bittersweet (Cadbury x Annabelle, 2012 wether)

Bing (Bunker x Marta, 2012 wether)

Blake (Braveheart x Brava, 2010 ram)

Blake always has a lot of grease at the roo line and he's a 'stinky' ram, which is why I'm planning to send his fleece off to be commercially processed. The other two are available.

Having unexpected checked off the boys off my mental list yesterday, I was even more motivated to finish up the girls today. Thankfully, the weather has turned the corner from wet to wonderful, so here are the rest of the lovely ladies, from oldest to youngest:

WhitePine Sarai (2010)

Mid-side photo before the crimp was stretched by rooing – only it wouldn't roo!

OK Acres Vienna (2011)

Bernadette (Nightcap x Babette, 2017)

Surprise; she can be rooed!

Close-up (bad color) of Bernie's crimp
Bette (Nightcap x Bree, 2017)

I thought I could roo her sample, so took a mid-side photo

Snipped, not rooed

Don't worry, they were rewarded for their 'torture'. 😉

As I've said before, if you see anything you want to reserve, speak up. I need to roo Butler, Blake, and Bernadette ASAP, but reserved fleeces will be expedited.

That's it for today from . . .

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Time away, and two more (photo-heavy)

Last weekend I ran away to the Oregon Coast for our church's annual women's retreat. It was held in Yachats (pronounced "YAW-hots"), the furthest south I've been, so I got to explore new coastline and a quaint town along with the fellowship and spiritual feeding. It was a wet and windy weekend, but I still enjoyed watching, walking – and photographing, of course!
(All photos taken with my iPhone8.)

While I was away, I got an email from someone interested in Butler, my yearling ram. With that motivating me, I set aside time yesterday to tackle pedicures, fleece samples and photos of Butler and his wethered yearling uncle Bogie. Butler is ready to roo so I was able to pull, rather than snip, his sample, hence the odd-looking lock structure. So I took a photo of his mid-side, last rib fleece undisturbed to better show his lovely crimp. (Fine Shetland wool is supposed to have six or more crimps per inch.) If his rooed hogget fleece doesn't sell, I think I'll combine it with the three rooed fleeces of his grandsire Blake and have them all processed together into roving.

Butler (Nightcap x Bree, 2017 ram)

Bogie (Blake x Vienna, 2017 wether)

That's seven down, eight to go on the preliminary work!

That's it for now from . . .