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Saturday, March 27, 2010

It's Raining Shetlands

As I've said before, my Shetlands keep me entertained. Yesterday I checked the barn to find 2 Shetland moms cleaning off their newborns. It was apparent that one mom was not happy with situation as it stood. When I got behind both moms one still had her lamb stuck in her. Only the feet and nose were out. She had obviously claimed the other ewe's twin. After I pulled her lamb and placing it in front of her,she quickly allowed the lamb she had cleaned so carefully to return to her mom and accepted hers. Every year we have a Shetland mixing of the lambs and it always amazes me how they sort it out. Their mothering instinct is so strong and wonderful to watch. That makes 17 Shetland ram lambs and 10 ewes. Lopsided but better than last year. Now what am I going to do with them? shetlands are not exactly a hot commodity here in York,Co. PA.

8 comments:

Mac said...

are you a NASSA member?

Somerhill said...

I'll take the twin with the white nose and feet. Looks just like Jack, our cat. And about the same size, I bet.

Garrett808 said...

Oh my gosh look at the smirslet sokket and yuglet sokket lambs! are they ewes?? SO CUTE!!

Mac said...

if that one twin with the white cap and white lips/ankles is a ewe i would be interested in her

Potosi Sheep Farm said...

Yes, Mac, I am a NASSA member. Flock #1078. Yes, the one with the white nose is a ewe. Lisa, I'm sure she's smaller than your cat. The yulet sokket(thanks Garrett for the correct terms)is a ram. I have another ewe like the one pictured from another mother. I'll post her picture. They are for sale. email me. I can take Shetlands to the Great Lakes Show in Wooster Ohio over Memorial Day weekend.

Cate K said...

I have two shetlands now. A ewe and a wether. I want one more (about the limit of my space). I'm glad you are nearby and will contact you later, if I can convince hubby that three is not too many on an acre. I'm down in Virginia.

Becky Utecht said...

Very cute Shetland lambs Kathy, I especially like the little moorit ewe lamb. But I'm not in the market for any more Shetlands, just hoping to get some moorit lambs myself this year. Last year we used a homozygous black ram so not a single moorit lamb was born here. Thanks for sharing the photo of your cuties.

Potosi Sheep Farm said...

Cate, please contact me. We go to visit family in Tappahanock often. We pass right by you.