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The Great Sheep Shuffle

by Heidi on August 9th, 2010
 
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This weekend we played our part in the ‘Great Sheep Shuffle of 2010′! The sheep shuffle was instigated by Bill and involved bringing a good number of sheep into the ‘Ontario flock’ from Alberta.

The shuffle has been being planned for a few months now, since Bill sent out an email to us all that a fellow Shetland breeder in Alberta was having to sell her entire flock. She has been breeding for fibre and had quite the wide variety of genetics. How could we resist!

Sheep in transport

Bill coordinated and then drove across country and back to collect the sheep headed for various Ontario flocks. Yesterday Donna and I road-tripped to Bill’s place in Prince Edward County to collect the sheep destined for flocks around the Ottawa area.

Shetland sheep

I got two all white sheep – Windy Grange Blanca & Windy Grange Blanche, and a warm black Windy Grange Beulah. Aren’t they beautiful. They have settled in really well, and I haven’t really seen any headbutting.

Shetland sheep

When we visited Bill last time I pointed out two sheep I really liked, but they weren’t for sale. Since then Bill has added quite a few to his sales list, including one of the two I wanted. What else could I do but bring her home too! So here is WillowGarden Blythe ….

Shetland sheep

He has a couple of others that I really want but I have to make sure I can sell a couple first – RuisDair Dougal is still looking for a new flock. Now we have ordered our hay I have to stay within the limit of 37!

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2 Comments

  1. Breeding for fleece works for me! I carded some fleece for Marsha last week… dual coat that was to die for. Soft and silky, it was difficult to let her leave the house without a chance to spin some of it up.

    Looking forward to seeing what the new sheep do :)

    Comment by Chriss — August 9, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

  2. I’m still trying to figure out how to get Dougal past bylaw. “Why yes officer, Shetland dogs do in fact have horns!” or maybe “He’s not livestock, he’s an environmentally friendly lawn mower!”

    I suppose I would also have to get Dougal past Himself. Oh well.

    Comment by elizabeth — August 9, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

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