I need to cull my Bluefaced Leicester ram as he has very bad pasterns. I really like the Shetland/BFL crosses fleeces and mothering/milk production, but was very disappointed in the fleece weights. The Shetland/BFL fleeces were only 2# and it cost the same $$ to feed a ewe with a 2# fleece as one with a 6-8# fleece. I also want a good fleece for handspinning. I may also get a Coopworth ram for crossing. I really like Coopworth wool too.
This is my new crossing sire, Windham, a purebred Corriedale. He is an Australian type ram out of an AI ram with a 20# (unskirted) fleece. His sire is shorter and stockier than the show type Corriedales. Whitefish Bay Farm also grazes their flock. They use 2 strands of tape for sub-dividing! (I don't know if my sheep would stay in, but I never tried it.) Oh and they noticed that the woollier faced sheep have about 1/2# more wool than the less woolly ones.
I am planning to keep some ewe lambs out of him for commercial ewes.
Fleece shot-I love the bold crimp. His fleece was the most lustrous/silky of all the ram lambs. They also had some SUPER (with about 3x the crimp) fine colored ram lambs, but I did not want a colored one. All their fleeces are much nicer than the show type Corriedale fleeces. I have a ball of roving from a show type fleece and it has been sitting for over a year-it is very Dorset like. I can't wait until I get to shear him and spin some.
There was a 15-20 acre field of sunflowers-so breath taking.
I also got to see the bridges lift up for a sail boat.
I got some good Door County cherries and some blueberries, but they got eaten up before I could get any pictures! I also got some frozen cherries so we can have them in the winter.