Lambs 2021, Ages from 1.5 Weeks to 1+ Month

Please contact us by phone and/or email if you are interested in a particular lamb or a small flock. Lambs are still young and can change as they grow, however this lamb crop has the most potential for overall quality we have ever seen in our lambs at this age.  It is a genetically diverse group of fine-fleeced Shetland lambs bred to be dispersed into small flocks for new breeders interested in breeding quality, pedigreed Shetlands, or to be sold individually to experienced Fine Fleeced Shetland Sheep Association breeders or those aspiring to that goal.  If we do limited breedings…

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It’s Cold Outside!

Preg-testing Our Ewes We have only preg-tested our ewes once before, a few years ago.  We had the same vet do it again this year because we sorted out the 7 ewes of breeding age among 4 ram lambs, each ram had 1-2 ewes in his breeding group.  The ram lambs were old enough to breed, but we had one once that really was a late breeder, so we wanted to be sure all the ewes were pregnant, and, happily, they all were.  We then started giving them a little supplemental grain for the last 2 months of so of…

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Raw Fine Fleece Shetland Fleeces For Sale

Livestock Conservancy's Shave "Em To Save 'Em Stamps Available for Raw Fleeces, Rovings, Top, and Yarns Purchased from Us Our Fine Fleece Shetland Sheep Association ® and US Patented Fleeces qualify for Stamps from the Livestock Conservancy's Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Program.  I am just finishing the 3rd  or 4th skirting on them.  We have fine, white raw fleeces available for sale as well as black and possibly moorit, depending on what you want and will be using them for.  Any that don't sell or won't be retained by us for hand-processing will be sent for processing into yarn…

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14 Lambs in 2020, 8 Rams, 6 Ewes

GT Dijon,  S'More Arabesque X GT Gamgee, Single Fawn AbAa , horned Fawn Katmoget ram, DOB 4/13/2020, well-built; we estimate he will have fine fleece. Adult colors and pattern will be similar to photo.  Available post-weaning, possibly by early August 2020. GT Tahini, GT Gussalyn X GT Gamgee, Twin Ag Aa Musket ewe, DOB 4/13/2020, well built, we estimate she will have soft, fine fleece.  Adult fleece color will be creamy white-to light grayish brown like oatmeal, and she will retain her milk chocolate head, belly, legs. Alfredo, horned ram, breeding quality if horns work out, fleece wether if not…

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2020 Lambing Season Began April 13

After a huge snowstorm on Easter Sunday, the sun came out crisp and cold the following day and by about 10:30 am Monday, April 13, we had 2 ewes, Arabesque and Gussalyn, give birth to their lambs. Both were bred to GT Gamgee, our moorit gulmoget ram. Arabesque's ram lamb, Alfredo, carries both her katmoget and Gamgee's gulmoget, so he is dual patterned. He is looking good so far and could be quite useful to someone who has a lot of solid colored ewes and wants to introduce Katmoget and Gulmoget patterns into their flock. Gussalyn has a beautiful Ag…

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March is Micron Testing Time

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA All our lambs we retained from 2019 become yearlings on their spring birthdays this year, and the yearlings we retained turn 2 years old on their spring birthdays in 2020.  We cut a lock from midside over last rib every year on all our sheep  so that we can grade each fleece accurately for FFSSA and sales once sheep are sheared.  It is especially important to sample all yearlings when they are at least 22 months old so we can test midside samples to qualify them for permanent FFSSA fleece performance registration.  All…

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Breeding Groups for Spring 2020 Lambs

UTS Mancera's 11_16_19 breeding group Includes GT Gamgee, GT Winifred, GT Mirabelle and GT Talitha. Two gray breeding/show quality ram lambs for sale are to the right in pen behind cattle panels. GT Gamgee's breeding group inclues OK Acres Balsam, S'More Arabesque, GT Yanvanna, GT Gussalyn, and GT Malkyn Many thanks to our good friend and neighbor Sharon Voldberg for helping me herd sheep into 4 groups today--she is very skilled at it!  We have the two breeding groups plus the two groups of lambs--we are not breeding any lambs this year.

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Our First Farm to Table

Rainy today-- quiet, restful--we slept a little late and now we are picking up and reorganizing. We had a wonderful Farm to Table Dinner with close friends Sharon and Craig Voldberg hosting and providing their farm products as well (apple and pumpkin pies, grass-fed red Angus Sirloin tip roast, home-made bread, local cheeses and wine, etc.) , and some good friends attending our "pilot dinner"--our first attempt at this, a fun group! For our farm's contribution Russ grilled an herbed, butterflied leg of lamb outside, and I sauteed some Mutton Loin Korabiak inside, plus baked a "Free" Pumpkin pie (gluten,…

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Great MSSBA Show 9/7/19, Jefferson, Wisconsin!

GT Mirabelle, Reserve Champion Ewe for Second Time, First Place Senior Ewe, Second place Best Small Flock with Scottish Judge Andrew Bain GT Lefse, spotted Ag gray patterned ram lamb, wins Sue Russo Memorial Trophy, 2nd place ram lamb, 5th place pair of ram lambs under Judge Andrew Bain We showed 9 sheep in all classes, placed in all classes, and 3 of our sheep qualified championship classes, with GT Mirabelle earning Reserve Champion Ewe for the Second time--she had also won it as a lamb.  We cannot keep all these lovely sheep as our space over winter is limited. …

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Comparing Ram Lamb Horns

Left to right, Lefse, Crumpet, Rugelach All 3 ram lambs pictured at left look fully horned at ages of at least 4 -4.5 months.  At this age, horns should have at least 2-3 man's fingers of width between them on the skull to allow for increase in thickness as the lamb grows.  All these lambs have at least 2 fingers of width.  The white lamb on the right has the most width between his horns at the forehead.   Horns most likely to clear sweep back, and out at about a 45 degree angle while at the same time they also…

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