Saturday, July 28, 2007

Sale sheep.. one more update

As time inches closer to my move to Indiana in early August, and my temporary separation from the sheep, I've decided to add a couple more to the sales list.

Locksfield Montague
Sire: Minwawe Tornado
Dam: Locksfield Amber Myst
Moorit yuglet sokket ram (HST). Might be modified. Awesome horns and head. Longish tail. He has an extra small and compact frame. He was very spoiled as a lamb on account of being about the cutest thing on four legs... He has rammed up close- it's been attention related. Even though he's never charged, he's not one to turn your back on in the field though. Has a long, curly fleece. $250

Locksfield Rosario
Sire: Minwawe Lariat
Dam: Locksfield Rosebriar
Moorit blettet ram. Excellent conformation with the best legs and perfect tail. He doesn't have bold spotting, but does carry spots- his sire was a flashy yuglet/flecket. The only reason this guy is priced lower is lack of bold markings and closeness to my original lines. He has a fantastic disposition and has always been well behaved. See more photos in earlier post. $190

Rosario's sire Lariat -->

Locksfield Braeton
Sire: Locksfield Crimson Archer
Dam: Locksfield Rosebriar
Excellent moorit blettet ewe. She has wonderful conformation and has lambed unassisted. Her parents are a couple of my favorites. She's three years old. Her twin is fawn, so perhaps some modified genetics.. See earlier post for more photos and info. Braeton is $275.

This is Braeton's sire, Archer. He's very correct and has a gentle personality.

To the right is my foundation ram, Fletcher Sundance. He was a wonderful, nearly perfect ram who has passed on both his great conformation and fiber, but an excellent disposition as well. He is grandsire to Braeton and Rosario.

*Looking for more ewes in southwest Missouri? See Fairlight Farm


Thursday, July 19, 2007

Need a Llama? or two?

With only two breedable female llamas, it seems that we don't actually need 6 males! We have the two handsome boys for sale.. They are from excellent bloodlines, ILR registered and heavy wooled. Both are halter trained. Nice fine wool on both boys- our llamas do not have heavy guard hair like the old "classic" style llama. I have had several comments that our llama fiber is as fine as alpaca.
Dakoda, the guy on the left, had a complete shearing this year- including his neck! Not all llamas look this good without some extra wool! He has the coolest coloring- greys, reds, and white in both paint and appy patterns, as well as the agouti markings that come with the deep red color.. His price is $600. The black male on the right is Midknight. He has great conformation and comes from well known grandsires. He is priced to sell at $450.
These two guys are not related, so they have the potential to both be used in the same herd (with great color variety). They have been pastured together since they were young, so they get along great. Price for the boys as a pair: $850.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

my dilema

Hawthorne is the lamb pictured above at three weeks old. His complaint was that his headgear was just a tad too big. He is one of the nicest little rams ever to grace the Locksley Fields pastures; he has a fantastic disposition and conformation. I had hopes for him becoming a flock sire here, but unfortunately his horn tips appear to be on a collision course toward his head. So what does one do with such a creature? :-) Obviously he won't be used for breeding because horns like this aren't desirable and the horn will be trimmed so that it doesn't actually reach his skull.... Part of me wants to keep him because he's such a pet, but the other part says I need to find him a home due to the upcoming move. I suppose if anyone wanted to give this guy a really good home... Well, email me...
At this point, all of this year's sale ewe lambs have gone to new homes, as well as all but one adult ewe. Likewise, all the sale boys have made it to their new residences, save one. I think I sent 22 sheep to new homes in about three weeks! I'm amazed- thank you to all of my buyers who have given so many of my "babies" good homes and for being very timely with arrangements.. Now I have the task of clearing out the wool in storage! I have sold most of this year's shetland wool.. I do have a few fleeces (extra vm!) free with purchase of a llama fleece. See llama fiber listings here:

It seems that I've been so busy trying to tie up loose ends, I haven't shown much of the lambs I retained from this spring's lambing. I took a few photos recently.. Well, here are my 5 wonder-lambs:

Hawthorne is on the right. Lumina, on the far left, has been posted here in her sire Rosario's listing.. The others have been off the radar for awhile. Next to Hawthorne is his twin brother, Joaquin (wa-keen), who does have horns that will clear. The girls in the back are Myst's daughters. I had this photo of them as lambs, but never got posted:

On Tuesday, these two posed similarly for a reenactment of their lamb photo. They've grown this much in 10 weeks?!

Lastly, this cool little guy is Joaquin... He's very UK looking with his British-style fleece and horns!

Monday, July 2, 2007

UPDATE: SALE SHEEP: Locksfield Braeton

Locksfield Braeton DOB 5/5/2004 NASSA#S18260
Braeton is the last of the available ewes.. She is one of my best sheep conformationally. Her parents are permanent members of the flock, so the choice is to sell her. She has excellent rear legs, very straight and good width between. Her tail is the perfect shape and short. She's lambed the last two years unassisted- all girls. This beautiful girl is available for $275.
Below is Braeton's sire, Archer. Beautiful, correct ram with wide horns.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

UPDATE: SALE SHEEP: Locksfield Finnegan

Prices lowered on my sale boys due to impending move. Finnegan and Rosario are now $190 each. These are quality boys and I had already thought my price was low! Cheap transportation may be available for either/both along the route from southwest MO up to northern IN in early August.

Finnegan is just awesome.. I can only think that one reason he hasn't been snatched up by now is that he's plain black and the trend has been for flashier colors/markings. However, his conformation and horn genetics shouldn't be overlooked. His sire and grandsire were foundation rams for my flock and produced extraordinary offspring. Finn has a solid foundation of excellent genetics. Around people he is polite , a quality that I've always appreciated in the rams from this line.

This guy's good looks are no accident.. Below are some of Finn's relatives.. First his sire Stonewall, who had the largest horns, both in diameter and curl, that I've seen. Stoney also kept good grey body color. The other two boys are Dante, who is a cousin and Archer, who is Finn's half uncle. Lastly, Finn's grandsire (as well as Archer's sire), Fletcher Sundance, my wonderful foundation ram.