When you have lambs being born, you always have to plan ahead for the following season especially when you plan to retain. This year, we were able to trade some of our gorgeous brown Finn ram lambs for the replacements that we will need for this fall and next year! Our stock here is all tested and we have not introduced anything new that was not tested. And so our new boys, Clark (Gable and grey) the CVM ram and Burl (brown) the Finnsheep ram lamb were quarantined and had to pass their blood work tests before joining the rest of the herd.
Clark is such the gentleman and has joined his ladies. I'm hoping for some lovely CVMs and Cormo CVM Finn crosses in the upcoming Spring. Clark seems happy and has no complaints. He has been courting and kind to his ladies. Clark comes from Heelside Farms in Benson, NC. This farm is full of nostalgia for us and is where we got our very first sheep while still in NC and just getting started. Carolyn and Ricky were so kind and coached us through the whole process. Carolyn also taught us many things about wool and how to get started in that department as well. It was sweet to be back there and exchange our brown Mugwort for their grey Clark. Mugwort quickly found a new home with his own ladies and will hopefully make beautiful brown lambs for the Beasleys soon!
We also exchanged another brown lamb to the Hambys at Fairwinds Farm in PA. They have named their new fella Brick and our new brown Finnsheep ram lamb from them we named Burl! Funny how these two names are so similar - although I really had a rather woodsy name in mind! I think that both of us are very pleased and it was so good to connect with the Hambys again! We originally met this family at the MDS&W festival and were a surprise YCP recipient of a lovely HST black Finn ewe that was a gift from them. Wow! This ewe was such a great addition to our farm, and we immediately fell in love with her. Of course, it's so very nice to bring in another very stout and handsome ram from such lovely people. Burl will be covering our brown Spring ewes in next year's fall. We are expecting great things from our lovely new boys from dear friends all around! A lovely summer with reconnections and new rams to add the the weavings at WoodSong!
This blog chronicles our very full life here on WoodSong Farm. We will share everything from dog to sheep stories, unique wooly works, to animal husbandry tips we pick up along the way. I hope this helps to give you an idea of what our extended farm family and wooly projects are like, and that we may somehow benefit everyone who reads about our journey.