Sunday, November 22, 2015

Welcome to Fiberton, Rocky and Adrian!

After a bunch of work on fencing and prepping for them, we are excited to announce the arrival of our new Shetland Sheep, Rocky and Adrian!

These two now have a nice big pasture to graze to their little hearts' content!  Here are a few quick and interesting facts about these guys:
  • Shetland Sheep are a Heritage Breed and are currently in recovery.  According to The Livestock Conservancy, Heritage breeds are traditional livestock breeds that were raised by our forefathers. These are the breeds of a bygone era, before industrial agriculture became a mainstream practice. Heritage animals once roamed the pastures of America’s pastoral landscape, but today these breeds are in danger of extinction.
  • Shetland sheep are fine boned and small in size. Rams weigh 90–125 pounds, and ewes weigh 75–100 pounds. Most rams have spiraled horns, while most ewes are polled. Shetland sheep are calm and charming in disposition, docile, and intelligent.  (They are so small and cute!)
  • The Shetland breed is especially prized for its wool, which is fine, soft, and strong. Fleeces average two to four pounds and vary in crimp from wavy to straight. (Yay!  It will be awesome for yarn!)

This is Adrain.  And guess what...we think she will be having a baby soon!

And this lovely chocolate brown guy is Rocky! He is so funny and playful!  And so protective of his gal.

They love their new home!  

It is a whole new experience getting sheep, but we are excited to learn all we can and work with these two little cuties!  Stay tuned for more soon!


No comments:

Post a Comment