Fall Breeding season has ended and the ewes are back together without those pesky rams around. I love watching the reunions of mother with their daughters after a couple of months apart. They are very glad to be together again, and spend alot of time together. Although the nursing relationship is over, a lifelong relationship has begun. I have many lines of ewes who stick with their immediate family most of the time. Today I enjoyed seeing the ewe lambs as young ewes, and noticing the similarities and differences of the mothers and daughters.
This is Ruby Peak Electra with her lovely daughter Cassiopeia.. Cassie got her leg markings and lovely 4 horns from her dad Shadow Mountain Flash, but her regal bearing from her mother. I think her fleece is an improvement on her mothers. Electra is a great grand daughter of my first ewe Red Wing Morning Star.
Ruby Peak Aspen already had many attributes I was looking for, a lovely fleece, and beautiful wide sweep to her horns. Aspen was a little short on color, but her spots and markings were clear and correct. Her daughter Ammi, has quite a bit of color, including leg Markings from her dad Flash, and an equally lovely fleece. I love the spot on her nose, and she loves to be back with her mom, can you tell?
This lovely ewe lamb is the last lamb her mom will have. Ruby Peak Iris is 13 years old, and had a tough delivery last year. I have never been able to quite repeat on lovely lilac colored Iris, but her daughter Ruby Peak Indigo by Mud Ranch Vincent has a lovely horn set and soft delightful fleece. Her mom has raised at least 22 lambs on the farm, and doesn't seem quite as thrilled to have her daughter back, but they are spending lots of time together.
Bide a wee Gwenda is a striking 4 horn from Huntsberger lines. Her daughters have always had very white faces and interesting horn sets. I think her 4 horned ewe lamb from Mud Ranch Vincent is exceptionally pretty, don't you? This line of ewes always has a stoic look about them, but I see the beginning of a grin in the nose markings on Ruby Peak Ginger!
This lovely ewe lamb out of Meridian Lassen by Shadow Mountain Flash was one of an exceptional set of triplets. I held on to her as I think she is absolutely beautiful. Ruby Peak Redbud broke one of her laterals but all 4 horns are very strong and well spaced. She has an amazing fleece, and wonderful markings. I love ewes that are a little on the dark side, and she is quite Flashy. Her mom is still in the breeding pen with Mud Ranch Vincent and I am anxious to see if they can do as well as this pairing.
Ruby Peak Verbena is out of Ruby Peak Violet by Windy Acres Oberon. Her laterals were weak last year, but this year they surprised me with extra horns. I will need to clip these, but Verbena is definitely a 5 horned ewe. She was bred this fall as a long yearling to Shadow Mountain Flash. As always, I am excited to see what the pairings produee, and it is hard to wait until the end of March. But hopefully our already cold and snowy winter will be almost over by then!
My name is Kate and I always dreamed of owning a farm. Although I have had livestock for 30 years, it took my husband and I many years to buy our 30 acre farm in Lostine Oregon in 1999. We raise Registered Jacob Sheep, Alpine dairy goats, heirloom laying hens, and Lavender. We also have several riding horses, dogs and cats.