Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ah Finns!!!

I was thinking today that it was time to take photos of Finnsheep and share them with you all. It also will help me to learn how to use this new camera.

So, for those who have asked about our Finnsheep, here are some pics! Enjoy

This winter was the most unusual winter I have ever known here in New York state.  It never froze, just rained...and rained...and rained.  Seldom any sunshine.  It is easy, as my friend Deb says, to become depressed during spells of such weather.  

I confess, I did miss the snow and I hated the mud.  It made farm life much harder as the trucks and other lifting and moving vehicles became stuck...even the wheelbarrow became stuck.  From then on, moving hay or grain became much harder to accomplish.  All had to be done by hand carrying...

This is where I will tell you I am blessed.  My son is now 14+ and as tall as me, widening and strengthening his body over the winter month, he began to carry more than his share of the farm work.  When I became sick, he did all of his portion of chores as well as my own.  When I tore a muscle in my arm, again he became the one who did it all.  Invaluable he became, and I told him many times he is my Blessing.

Then finally spring signs began to show up...little things at first, but each day we looked for any and all we could locate!!!!  The ewes have all become fatter and sassier as they call for us to "Come and Feed me MORE!"

February 18th, dawned a clear but cold morning.  My son went to the barn to do the morning check while I made breakfast.  He came running inside telling me to "Come Quick, there are lambs in the barn!"  My response  "What...Who?"  He told me that Betty had two lambs and they were still wet.   "Where did they come from... Neverland!??"  My son reminded me that one ewe had gone through the gate into the ram pasture and had been bred by Jimmy Cook, our Gray Badger Finnsheep ram.  Wow, Thankfully, they are all register-able lambs.

So it was, that Peter Pan and Tinkerbell arrived.  Peter Pan is solid black ram with the most amazing fleece I have ever produced here at the farm.  He also has a fabulous body build.  Tinkerbell was born black, jet black, but she has a gray nose and inside of her ear.  She will become gray.  She has black face and "hip boots", but is not Badger marked.  Their dam is Betty, a Black HST (Head, Sock and Tail have white) Finnsheep ewe, is the only daughter of my oldest ewe, Ursula.  I will place pictures up here for viewing when the weather allows.



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Who am I? What Will I Be?

I was brown, now I am silver...
I was small and helpless, now I am bigger...
I will be larger and mother protector...
What am I???

Look at the next blog for the answer...


We have been so blessed this year.

Lena turned 1 year old this year. She is a joy and a delight to our hearts.

Aiden was born this summer and is growing well... healthy and a delight.

Eleanora is now born, healthy, whole and home with her mom and dad. What Joy!

Gabriel is born this day! Healthy and whole. His mom and dad rejoice in him as do we all!

Heather and Jami are both due... we await with hearts aflutter to hear good news!

Dominique is due near to December beginning.

This year, the family has increased exceedingly, and the family has enlarged it's territories... Andrea in Florida, Tracie in Colorado, Larissa and Dominique in Kentucky, the rest of us in various parts of New York. May each of your family grow in favor and grace wherever you walk.

Finnsheep Available For Sale, NY

Hello to all of you,

This is just to let you know that currently Lighthouse Farm has some adult Finnsheep ewes and some lambs available for sale.

The adult ewes have been exposed to a ram for fall lambing. We have both ram lambs and ewe lambs currently available.

Come, visit us at our website: Our website is being updated, but the Available Finnsheep page is currently up and you are able to peruse Finnsheep to your hearts content.

I will be attending the FBA Annual Business meeting held in conjunction with the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY on October 15th-16th so transportation of sheep to that location is possible.

I hope we have something that meets your desires.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Usva - Finnsheep Gray Ram

This is a current photo of Usva. He is our Gray Finnsheep ram lamb from this year. This photo was taken in August and he was born in April.

His fleece crimp is as incredible as his color!!! He now belongs to Deb Hilliard of The Meadows Gate Finnsheep in Andover, NY as a herd sire. She is a long-time hand-spinner with a small flock of Finnsheep.

A white ewe from my flock of Finnsheep went with him to his new home. She is also of splendid fleece and her owner "can hardly wait to get her hands into their first fleece to begin spinning!"

Friday, July 22, 2011

This Finnsheep ewe is Star 901. Following her is Usva 1356, the gray ram lamb that we just wrote about. At this picture he was just turned out to pasture from the jug pen on the 3rd day and already you can note the lighter color gray showing on his neck/shoulder area.

If you look carefully, you can see a small set of legs underneath Star's belly. That is the little sister Aamu 1355 who is showing gray now that she is 60 days +... difference being that it is a clearly defined line between the black and her lighter gray. Am I correct in saying that the black/gray line color change shows the modified genetics and the gray like Usva where the baby fuzz fell out and he was all gray underneath just is gray??? Help me with this if you know...