Monday, August 9, 2010

Fun new things coming to our farm...

This has been a very trying summer across the country for livestock owners. The unrelenting heat and high humidity has been, at best, unbearable. The one blessing that we've had is rain, lovely rain. I haven't had to water the garden once. The pastures rebound in no time after the sheep graze them. The downside, is that this is ideal weather for parasites. We have spent a lot more time monitoring the sheep this year. We run them through and check eyelids every 2 weeks, or less. I've put a deposit on a Billy Goat Gruff worker system. It will be a great back saver. Another Icelandic breeder uses one, and highly recommended it. We are adding a new ram to our flock this week,
and I can't wait to see him, I'm just thrilled to be able to add him to our flock. He's a ram that Susan Briggs from Tongue River used as a ram lamb in 2007.
"Thunder" SRX 917T
2007 Photo courtesy of Tongue River Farm

This is Susan's description of him: SRX917T "Thunder" Grey moorit twin horned ram. Fabulous fine silky fleece. Long body. Wide hornset, Quiet disposition. Excellent meat conformation; the best hind quarters of all of the ram lambs this year. Sire: TCE228R Laekur/Hunn) High percentage of Tongue River Farm breeding. Dam: SRX623R a gorgeous Neptune daughter with his silky lustrous fleece. Excellent milk production, easy lamber, excellent mother. (1,2) (Kani/Bambi/Blaevar/Stubbur)"Thunder", photo courtesty of Hedgeapplefarm in Iowa

Thank you, Lorraine, for sharing this wonderful ram with us!


Kenleigh's Fiber Studio said...

Sorry to hear about your parasite problems - yuck! Congrats on your new ram and handling equipment, very exciting!

Marie said...

Very interesting chute. I will be interested in seeing how well you like it.
Thunder looks AWESOME! Congratulations! Can't wait to see his babies on the ground.
When does your other ram come?

Kelly said...

Thunder is a very handsome ram. He looks so masculine in the face. I love the chute. Your flock is getting large and this will save you time and pain. Thank heavens you have had rain. We are in a drought right now. Cooler temps but very dry. Send the snow. LOL.