Update

Ewe lamb #1358 was born to Dinah back in March and we named here Dete. Yesterday we isolated the ewe lambs, culled the flock and divided the remaining ewes between our two breeding rams, Woodruff and Siegfried. Just before all of this I had filled the mineral feeder which had been empty for several days. Sheep are curious. They are reasonably intelligent and knew that the large bag I was carrying was filled with mineral to replace what they had consumed. The flock gathered as I emptied the contents of the bag into the feeder. When I backed away chaos ensued as all the sheep fought to get at the salts at the same time. Because this was not possible many who were willing to wait mingled about and this provided an opportunity to compose a few portraits. Dete was one of those I was able to capture. She is six months old. Some of her markings have faded but she retains the white muzzle. Notice that her fleece has changed dramatically. The mottled grey, white, and (predominantly) black has become what looks to be a more uniform golden brown, or mioget. By the time her fleece is sheared come spring its color will probably lighten even more. She has a nice face and is, by Shetland standards, quite calm. She is a very welcome addition to the flock.

7 thoughts on “Update

  1. Now I can see where the pelts that adorn my family room chair come from. Are those tags in their ears? To identify them?

    • Yes. Girls have a white tag in the left ear (boys have one in the right). Shetlands have a yellow tag in the off ear and crosses have a blue one. Makes identification from a distance a bit easier. Actually, the tags are not only for convenience – they are required by law. The white tags identify animals as registered with the Volunteer Scrapie Flock Certification program – a federal program designed to monitor and eradicate scrapie in and from the US. We’ve been in the program for six years and are fully certified.

      • Sounds perfectly fine to me! I love sheep though I can honestly say I haven’t owned one. When we were on a walking trip in the Cotswolds, I kept asking when we’d see sheep. Of course after the first day when we came across a number of flocks, my husband and our hiking partners made sure to call out “Did you see this sheep? How about this one?” Needless to say I saw lots of sheep. Yours is such a beauty! Will someone knit from her wool?

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