Friday, June 29, 2007

Husband has gone and done it. We are now not only alpaca shepherds, but also will be sheep shepherds. Yesterday we drove to Brooklyn, MI and put money down on a ewe (that's a girl) and a boy ( is that a buck? a ram? a gelding? - I have a whole new vocabulary to learn.) The little girl isn't weaned yet so we can't get her until the end of this month. He also called a farm in Ohio and spoke for 4 more there.
Credit for this charming picture goes to Amy Bidlack of Shepherd, MI. Amy is the lovely person who helped us get started in this new adventure. Visit her farm, The Bidlack Pasture


♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Breeding update
Hopefully the two girls here are bred. Ariana did another 20 minute breed with Alde this a.m. and Celeste did a little couple minutes with Pudge yesterday. We will spit test both of them in a couple of days. Spit test? We're not going to spit on them although my imagination is going wild creating a new pregnancy test. What we do is take the girl up to the stud and, supposedly, if she is, in fact, bred, she will run, or kick, or spit, or all of these to reject the male. I guess the old head ache plea won't work here.

8 comments:

Idyeroving said...

She's a cutie.

Ewe-niss said...

boy sheep - is a ram :-)
Your ewe is pretty cute.

Peggy said...

Ha!!!! In reference to the headache comment. Funny!!!! A sheep herd as well. How awesome!!!! Is there a particular breed you will be raising?

Cary said...

Maple, you are so funny ;) You better find out for sure if your boy sheep is a ram (breeding animal) or wether (castrated male) so you will know if they can make babies or not (just picking on you!) And although sheep are supposed to be seasonal breeders (in the fall when daylight is shorter and temperatures are cooler) don't let them fool you. They will make babies any 'ol time they feel like it!

Keeping my fingers crossed for you for the alpaca breedings...AND ~ the fibers look GORGEOUS!!!

Hugs, Cary

HobbyZu said...

How sweet! You're going to be really busy huh!? Does this mean we're going to get some sheep porn too? lol

Pamala Rose said...

She is so cute and now more fiber for spinning and knitting. How can you go wrong.

Tracy said...

WOW! Great news. I love it, as I'm living vicariously through you until I get my fiber friends. Gook luck with your new babies.

Sheknits said...

Seriously....spit test....are you kidding here...is this a wives tale??

Map