Friday, June 25, 2010

Has it really been a Week?!

...since the Black Sheep Gathering?
I got away without buying much... except a Shetland ram and a semen tank. Those I arranged ahead of time and Garrett Ramsey brought them out from Minnesota.
Here's the handsome fella who gets all our Shetland ewes this fall. All 9 of them. Unless some get sold.
Meet FirthOFifth Barish, an F1 Campaign Timothy son. Barish produces only black based sheep, and his katmoget (badger face) pattern is my favorite. With the modified genetics we got from Buddy over the last 3 years, perhaps we'll get some shaela offspring. Barish is a small ram, very nice Shetland size, and is half polled, even though his scurs/aberrent horns are fairly good sized.

Barish will be staying with Michelle at Boulderneigh to service her ewes before coming here to continue his job. While he's with Michelle, her Blackberry is sharing quarters with our two 75% Gotland rams. Blackberry isn't much smaller than they are and all seem pretty amicable.

On Saturday evening at BSG, right before the Spinners' Lead, there was a Shetland Costume parade. Most of my photos were dark and blurry, but I did get a couple of my favorite costumes. Tracy had a great sign, especially considering all the discussion surrounding fleece types in our little sheep. I remember wearing those foamy curlers!!! Mine were pink.
Lynn Deshler dressed her little sheep in a peacock costume, and carried a stuffed peacock. They were very colorful, and I wish my photo had been better. Notice her tail feathers in front of the curler sheep above.

There were several sheep led by kids - monsters and ballerinas, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, and this cowgirl with her bucking bronco.

The sheep were remarkably tolerant of their saddles, sweaters, hats and wigs. I hope it'll be on the NASSA AGM video!
- Franna


Garrett808 said...

I cannot believe it either! I was just walking the pasture tonight watching the girls and lambs and stopped and was like WOW I cannot believe last friday I was in Eugene talking at the BFL banquet!

It was so great to meet you. Barish is much missed here, but I'm so happy he'll get some girls at your place this year. Perhaps a ewe lamb back next year if you have plenty to share :)

Franna said...

If all goes well, you might be able to choose between Shetland and Scottie ewe lambs :-)

Kathy said...

It was so great to finally get a chance to meet you in person, Franna. I only wish I had been able to stay for all the good-stuff at BSG! Between relatives and car problems, I was amazed I made it home with all my hair. lol!
Next time, just me (or maybe Ralph).