Friday, June 17, 2016

Finnsheep Flock Dispersal!

I've decided to sell all my sheep. My body just does not have the strength and energy to care for sheep the way I think it should be done AND my sculptures and other handmade items are in high demand. Below I describe the sheep I have available and prices. All serious offers will be considered.

Triplet Ewe Lambs: SOLD  
So sweet and built quite nicely. Two are Brown HST with white patches on their polls, while the third is a Brown Badger Face. They are wide across the shoulders and hips, are long from withers to hip and are deep through the back leg. I appreciate how square each of them is on their legs and their mouths are correct. Both parents have lovely, soft fleeces. They will be FBA registered at time of sale. $300.00 each or contact me.

All have VERY SWEET dispositions!
Dam: Suklaa. 
Dam: Suklaa.

2 Triplet Ram Lambs One stands out as being really wide across the shoulders and hips, long from withers to hip and very deep through the back leg. The other one has just a tad thinner build. I appreciate how square each of them is on their legs and their mouths are correct. Both parents have lovely, soft fleeces. They will be FBA registered at time of sale. $250 for the most complete ram lamb and $150 for the slender ram. Contact me to make an offer.

VERY SWEET dispositions!
Dam: Fiona.

Adults for Sale:

2014 FBA 27226 Grey Badgerface Ram. Lovely, soft fleece. 4 inch fleece if sheared twice a year. Sire of all my 2016 lambs. Long bodied, square legged, correct mouth. Beautiful. Respectful and curious disposition. Halter trained. Sired lambs last year for Johanna Hunt in KY. $400, make an offer.

SOLD     2013 FBA 26476 Brown Ewe. Luscious soft, espresso colored fleece. 4 inch fleece if sheared twice yearly. Lambed twice, both times unassisted: Aug 2015, 2; April 2016, 3. Long bodied, wide hips, wide across shoulders, square on legs and correct mouth. Halter trained and friendly. $400.00. Make an offer.

Monday, January 25, 2016


After much discernment I decided to sell all of my Icelandic sheep. Living here in the hot humid Southeast (central NC) where there are strings of days where the temp reaches into the mid to upper 90's along with very high humidity with 80's at night is just too hard on this lovely sheep breed. I grew tired of watching them be stressed from the heat and then having to drench them with all manner of things to keep them healthy enough to fight off the menacing barber pole worm. I had a feeding and mineral regime which worked well enough that I only lost one sheep to parasites since 2012, but the worry and all the dosing with things to keep them healthy here became too much for me. I just love this breed and I loved each individual Icelandic sheep I've owned. This was a heartbreaking decision that was made out of love for my sheep. I sold them all to farms that are at least 10 degrees cooler on average than mine. Currently, I have two Finnsheep ewes, a Finn ram and two Gulf Coast ewe lambs. I am hoping that I can find a breed that is more adapted to being healthy in my climate that also has fun personalities and lovely fiber.

In March last year I bought a lovely dark brown 2 year old FBA Reg. Finnsheep ewe and named her Suklaa (Chocolate in Finnish). She has a nice conformation and luxurious coffee colored fleece.
Suklaa on her way home with me.


Later in June I bought a yearling FBA Reg. Finnsheep ewe from Circle M Farm in Tennessee. Her name is Fiona and she is quite the pet. It's hard to get good photos of her because she wants to be up close to me whenever I'm in the paddock with her. Along with her I bought a weanling wether, Pilvi (Finnish for Cloud).

Fiona is a 2014 ewe that has won my heart as a pet. She's silly too.
Fiona has a lovely, open, curly, very soft fleece!
Included in that trip was my purchase of a gorgeous 2014 FBA Reg. Finnsheep ram named Highlander. He was bred by Ironwood Hill Farm in New York, but had spent the year with Joanna Dufort in Kentucky siring some lovely lambs. I am so excited to have him and Fiona!! Both Fiona and Suklaa are bred to him for April lambs.
His fleece is so soft and open. His color is gray and his pattern is Badgerface.

In September I took a road trip with my friend June to Colbert, GA and purchased two wonderful Gulf Coast Native ewe lambs from Hope Springs Farm, Jan Souther. Their names are Frida on the right and Kahlo on the left. I'm excited to have this landrace breed that has been adapting to the hot humid South for nearly 500 years. The breed shows parasite resistance and heat/humidity tolerance.

Frida and Kahlo at SAFF. (Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair)
Kahlo won the Fine Wool Ewe Lamb class in the Jr Show and went on to win the breed Championship.
Both Frida and Kahlo placed well in the Open show.
Lastly, in November I bought a 2015 Gulf Coast Native ram lamb, Finster, from Joanne Maki of Smithsonia, GA. I want to add some color to my flock and Finster was as close as I could get this year. He has a lovely smokey blue face and legs. His fleece is very soft with small but open locks.

My plan is to breed Finster to Frida and Kahlo in March for August lambs. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Lambs!!! Cutie Patooties! Finnsheep Mom x Icelandic Dad.

BB ("black beauty"). Preemie sized ewe lamb.

I knew my Finnsheep ewe Suklaa ("chocolate") was due soon, but I wasn't expecting anything yet. I had felt her bag Sunday night and it was definitely filling up. Walked out to feed Monday morning and found two lambs on the ground and one very confused 2 yr old first time mom! She delivered a normal sized white ram lamb first but there was a soggy teensy tinsy black ewe lamb on the ground awaiting her mother's care. That wasn't gonna be happening. Suklaa decided that the solid black 1.5 pound ewe lamb wouldn't make it so she focused on her ram lamb.

My neighbor came over and we took them to a small stall and set up watch to see what would happen and sure enough, Mom rejected the tiny tiny "black beauty." So with help from Nathan our Vegetable Production Manager, I set up a metal dog crate for BB to stay in and I hustled up some colostrum from our goat dairy neighbors (Once Upon A Meadow) and started working on getting BB comfortable.

Meanwhile, the handsome ram lamb got Suklaa's colostrum started and settled in. Then he was up and curiously wandering around the stall.

Ram lamb with mother.

Suklaa making sure ram lamb is safe from me. ;)

My friend Anna came over and cuddled with BB and wanted to take her home!

Wee hours of Tuesday morning for 4:00am feeding.
BB really wants to live and to prove it she is drinking her colostrum and getting her legs under her for little walkabouts in her crate! Welcome to the world little lambs!

Monday, July 27, 2015

2015 Icelandic Ram Lambs For Sale

This year's ram lambs are sired by INGL Zeke 2012 (CLRC # 684958-H) who is a three time winner at SAFF. Because the dams are both polled, the rams have small scurs (1 inch or less). They both have lovely fleeces and great dispositions. They've had their CDT shots, hooves trimmed and are being halter trained.

I. Cato: Moorit Mouflon. SOLD
Out of SM Deva 2012 (Moorit Badgerface Mouflon Polled) (3 time winner at SAFF)

SOLD        Cato: 2015 Moorit Mouflon Ram
Cato: 2015 Moorit Mouflon Ram

Cato: Very broad across shoulders, back and rump.

Cato: Lovely, soft fleece.

Cato's Dam SM Deva: 2012 Moorit Badgerface Mouflon Polled

II. Melark: White Patterned with heavy phaeomelanin.
Out of FMGL's Portia: 2013 Black Grey (CLRC # 697067-P). 2 time winner at SAFF.

Melark: 2015 White Patterned Scurs

Melark: 2015 White Patterned Scurs

Melark's fleece: very soft!

Melark's dam FMGL's Portia: 2013 Black Grey Polled

Reference photo of INGL Zeke, Sire of above ram lambs.

Zeke: 2012 White Patterned horned, amazing fleece

2015 Icelandic Ewe Lambs For Sale

All three ewe lambs are friendly and come up for treats. They have had their CDT shots, hooves trimmed, etc. They are being halter trained now. $500.00 each

I.   Twin ewe lambs out of SRX Tacocoa M2C (CLRC # 623250) by STAR THROWER R M5SP.

A. Sae: Moorit Grey polled.

Sae: 2015 ewe lamb, moorit grey polled

Sae (left) and mother SRX Tacocoa

Sae: 2015 ewe lamb, moorit grey polled

Sae's fleece.

B. Effie: Moorit Grey Spotted Polled
Effie:2015 ewe lamb - moorit grey spotted polled

Effie (right) with her mother SRX Tacocoa

Effie:2015 ewe lamb - moorit grey spotted polled

Effie's fleec

II.  Ewe Lamb out of SM Deva M34P (CLRC # 673952) by INGL Zeke 01H (CLRC # 684958). Deva and Zeke are each three time winners at the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair.

Hawthorne: Moorit Badgerface polled

Hawthorne: 2015 ewe lamb - moorit badgerface

Hawthorne: 2015 ewe lamb - moorit badgerface

Hawthorne: 2015 ewe lamb - moorit badgerface

Hawthorne's fleece - SO SOFT

Hawthorne: 2015 ewe lamb - moorit badgerface

Hawthorne's mother: SM Deva - 2012 Moorit Badgerface Mouflon Polled

Hawthorne's father: INGL Zeke - 2012 White Patterned Horned