Alice

Alice is a shetland cross and the three year old daughter of Tess and Reuben; she is shown enjoying one of a very few dry and sunny days we have had this fall. She produced two beautiful ewe lambs last spring which we have named Audrey and Lucille. These little ones, along with all of the other ewe lambs, were isolated on pasture and away from the rams this past weekend and the older ewes were put out to breed with Woodruff and Siegfried. Ovine gestation lasts for a period of 150 days and, assuming that the boys get down to business in good time, we will be expecting lambs once again in the middle of March … cross your fingers and stay tuned.

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10 thoughts on “Alice

  1. Gotta say, I continue to love your animal portraits. The autumnal background is very effective. Does it hurt them to have the tags put in their ears? I continue to enjoy all 3 of my pelts scattered around the house!

    • Lots of people have asked us about the ear tags. Because I have never had one put into my ear I really cannot say whether it hurts them or not. What I can tell you is that a special set of very small lamb tags are applied on the day they are born … and these are replaced with larger adult tags when they are a year old or so. I can tell you that application of the adult tags is no problem since this second pair are simply set into the holes made by the first set (after removal of the first set, of course). As to whether application of the lamb tags is distressing … I can report that the lambs make more of a fuss when we dry them off with a bath towel than they do when we apply the tags … they often do not make even a ‘peep.’ So, I would guess that along with everything else that they have just experienced (birth) a bit of a pinch to the ear doesn’t distract them much at all. D

      • I always thought it was like getting your ears pierced … but only once 🙂 Dave, you should get your ear pierced in solidarity with the lambs. A nice little silver tag that says “Joanna’s” .

        • You know all about my relationship with needles … no, piercing is absolutely OUT as far as I am concerned. I would much prefer to be able to grow either a really long beard … kinda like the guys of ZZ Top … or a nice thick pony tail. Alas I do not believe I am capable of doing either. The first would totally drive me nuts (I speak from experience, I’ve tried before) … and I do not believe I am capable of producing the second. Sigh. D

  2. Your sheep have beautiful names! The geek in me can’t help associating any Alice with ‘Alice’ as used in cryptography. Sender Alice (A) talks to recipient Bob (B). So to me, Alice looks really smart! Do you have a male sheep named Bob? Other loaded names are Trent, Mallory and Eve.

    • I thought you were going to refer to names associated with the phonetic alphabet table, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, , Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu. I didn’t know there was something similar in the world of Cryptography. In what way are these code words used? D

      • Trent is Trusted Entity, Mallory is a Malicious Attacker damaging something, and Eve is an eavesdropper. Alice and Bob are simply A and B as in ‘getting from A to B’. They are ‘roles’, used to explain how protocols work, why an attacker cannot break it for example. Thanks for adding the phonetic alphabet – I didn’t know the English version by heart – which makes it next to impossible to understand Indian IT helpdesk personnel when they try (on the phone) to spell a new password they have just set for you in accented English and using that alphabet 🙂

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