Tuesday, October 27, 2009

On A Field Trip

To The Farm...to bring back new genetics. Which lead to meeting some wonderful new friends. I left home Saturday morning and drove to Winnemucca, NV where I met Becky. This first leg of the trip took me three and a half hours and Becky was forty five minutes from Winnemucca. Becky left her car and we proceeded north into Oregon then Idaho and a time change and back to Oregon to reach this beautiful farm!

Home of Brook and Lois Moore, horses, dogs, cats, chickens, guardian llamas and their awesome Stonehaven Shetland Sheep. This leg of the trip was over eight hours. We were welcomed with a wonderful dinner and conversation to end our day.


I went to pick up Watson my newest ram. His brother is wildly spotted, Lois's words, so maybe he could carry some "chrome" He has nice width, legs and a very soft black fleece. Love the horns, something else I need here at Desert Peach. Horns with a wide sweep out away from the face. When I have his papers I'll post the information.


And look who followed him to our house. She is a black and white spotted ewe lamb. Her brother and sister are black and white HST humm more of the markings I want to get started in the flock could be hiding on her future lambs. Of course since she has a brother and sister there is another trait I'd like to see more of  in my flock, ewe's who produce triplets.


She has a nice square body the thing I look to first in my sheep.(Weak shoulders and rear ends will not a productive ewe make.) and her fleece is also soft longish and tippy.  Her name will be Celeste, coming from all the star like spots over her body.

I had such a good time, and I believe Becky did too. Great way to shop for sheep!

9 comments:

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

I absolutely did have a great time! :)

Garrett808 said...

that flock of sheep is incredible! I would have taken them all home :)

Sharon said...

Beautiful animals, beautiful farm - so green! Hope your acquisitions improve my chance of getting a black fleece from you.

Laura said...

Impulse buy, impulse buy... But looks like a good one!! They both look like great additions to your flock. Love the horns on the ram - very nice!

It would have been fun to get together, but I'm too far west - maybe next time.

Michelle said...

Oh, I'm jealous! You actually got to VISIT Stonehaven Farm, home of one of my favorite people in the world, who bred one of my favorite sheep in the world (dear Valentine)! Lois showed me the addictive beauty of a long, soft, lustrous Shetland fleece, and gave me my first spinning "lesson."

Mim said...

Yes Michelle!! I think Lois and Brook are the sweetest people I've met in a LONG time! I could live there.

Lois said...

We enjoyed your visit so much...every minute of it. Wonderful to finally meet a one who was already a cyberfriend, and find a real life friend! So many things in common, especially the love of these little sheep. And thank you for bringing Becky...a double bonus.

Kathy said...

Aren't Lois and Brook special?! Lois was just here yesterday on her way through to Tuba City. I so enjoy our monthly visits, but look forward to the time when I can visit them. I'd love to add some Stonehaven genes to my flock as well.
If you haven't seen them, look on YouTube for Brook's movies of their farmlife in the winter and shearing day. Just search for StonehavenFarm and your should find them.

Tina T-P said...

Oh, their place is so beautiful - we are hatching a plot to have the NW Shetlands group meet there next fall...your new babies are gorgeous. T.