Sunday, October 27, 2013

Meet Bilbo Baggins. New herd sire.

 This is my new ram, Bilbo Baggins. Isn't he too cute? He's the same age as all my lambs born this year. He's Katahdin. I am hoping he'll add some color to my drab flock. Maybe not this breeding season, but next for sure. I think most of the ewes are already bred.

And if these 3 ewes don't lamb in the next month, they need to go on a serious diet! They are SO big.I got the 3 ewes standing around him from the same place. Not Annabelle, the wooly one, but the other 3.

Now I need to decide what to do with Abraham, the Finn ram. I am leaning more toward butchering him in a month or so. Then start looking for a good wool breed ram for all my wool ewes. I don't think I'll get a Finn ram though. Wonder what other breed would be good to breed Finn ewes to? Any ideas, all you shepherds out there? I think I'm going to Fiber in the 'Boro bext weekend up in Murfreesboro, Tn. I'm sure there will be lots of sheep people there to talk to.

I wish I had gotten Bilbo earlier, but maybe the younger ewes aren't bred yet. And they are all hair sheep. Except for little Buttercup. And she's too young to breed.

I am happy I got this ram. He looks like he'll make a fine herd sire.


Sandra Morris said...

Congrats on your new Ram!
Handsome fella :)

As far as what type of wool Ram, it would depend on what kind of wool you want and what you plan on using it for??

Kris said...

I am just learning to do all things wool: cleaning, carding and spinning so far. So I'd need wool that could be hand spun. Nice and long and soft wool. But I live in N. Ga. so it gets pretty hot here. I have seen Icelandic around here. But they are SO expensive. I know there is Finn. But have not seen Cotswold or BL or anything like that. I have seen some Shetland too. They are about the same size as the Finns. I hope to go to Murfreesboro, Tn. this Sat for the Fiber in the 'Boro fiber show. So maybe there will be people there with sheep for sale. And I want to go find that fiber mill there too. And I would like a more hardier breed. One not as sickly as my Finns have been lately.

And I don't know why I thought you were in Kentucky.

Sandra Morris said...

There are a lot of people that raise Shetland around here!
For the Longwools, I am partial to Border Leicester and Romney :)
With me being a beginner spinner the wool has been great to work with.
Going to sheep or fiber shows in your area is a good idea.

Kris said...

Thanks, Sandra. I think Shetland would be a good way to go. I thought you were an old pro at all this! Have you gotten you new "old" machine up and running yet? Would love to see a post about it soon.

Betty Ann said...

Don't know anything about sheep but I do know handsome when I see it. Ooh he's pretty.

Sandra Morris said...

Kris, not an old pro at spinning, I have had my wheel for a long time but really have not been serious about making yarn until the last year or so. Learning to knit helped my motivation :)

Now sheep and wool, more my comfort zone :)