Sunday, February 07, 2021

Ewes Win Sheepy Bowl

Vienna, on the left, with her daughter, granddaughters, and Blaise on the right.

Blaise isn't related to Vienna or her daughter Bree, but she is related to Vienna's two granddaughters, Bette and Bernadette.

All three share the same sire, Lil'Country Nightcap.

And where were my other two ewes? Closer . . .

MUCH closer. Bridget was keeping her eye on her mom Sarai; Sarai was keeping her eyes on ME.

Sarai has turned into a professional beggar since I've been giving her a few handfuls of alfalfa pellets every day. She's coming 11 years old and hopefully pregnant – along with Vienna, coming 10, and Blaise, coming seven. No visible signs yet, but coats and wool can hide a lot and they are only halfway through gestation.

Pretty girls; pretty scene.

The next morning, a rainbow (taken from our church parking lot):

That's it for tonight from . . .


Retired Knitter said...

What is the lifespan of sheep? Is 11 years old - old?

And what happens to sheep who age out of producing off spring? Are they kept for wool producing?

Maybe this is info I really don’t want to know????

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, I love that picture of Rick and Poppy. I bet he'd tell anybody that Poppy is "yours", wouldn't he? Yeah, right.

Michelle said...

Elaine, Shetlands can live into their teens, but yes, 11 is getting up there. That's why I evaluated Sarai's (and Vienna's) condition before breeding them, and this WILL be their last lambing. The Shetland breeders I know keep their retirees as wool producers and acknowledgement of their contributions to their flocks. Mine live here until they die.

Sue, I've noticed Rick interacting with Poppy more since Brian left for winter term. I don't know why, but it IS heartwarming!

Mama Pea said...

The Sheepy Bowl makes a lot more sense than . . . well, that other one.

Great picture of Rick and Poppy. Could she have gotten any more comfortable?