Archive for March 2010

The First Warm Days of Spring

With more than a dozen lambs doing lamby things out in the field, there is an excessive amount of ‘cute’ to be had from every vista.  The important looking fellow below is Horatio, Wits End 1001, who weighed 14 pounds at birth and tipped the scales at 40 pounds at one month of age.  Needless to say, he’s a sheep with attitude, and he constantly tests the patience of the ewes as he makes the rounds bumming milk, mounting other lambs of any gender and generally making a nuisance of himself.  “Hey, just keeping folks entertained,” he says.

Sheep for Sale Spring 2010

The ram lambs offered for sale below were all sired by Merlin (Weik Overlook Manor Farm 2753), who was  champion Border Leicester ram at Maryland Sheep and Wool in 2007 as a yearling.   (pictured here at the right).

His sire was a son of the famous Canadian-bred ‘McCarthy ram’ (McCarthy 7E), and a great grandfather, ’Ice’ (Eldonview 83D), was another champion at Maryland.  In addiition, several grandsires and grandams are from Canadian Ayrvale and Ander-Vale bloodlines.

This is the best ram we’ve ever had in terms of prepotency.  He has crossed well with all our ewe bloodlines, and there never fails to be an improvement in terms of size and structure.