Time is always such a hot commodity on a farm that I have a difficult time keeping this website up-to-date!
We had our vet come out a few weeks ago. She agreed with us about Link & Jacob’s legs. She said it looked to her like a defect from poor in utero nutrition or a genetic problem. Although they share one common great-grandsire, it is more likely to be nutritional. These are all things we had also independently surmised prior to speaking to the vet. No matter the reason, it is not only a reason to not breed them, but also a quality of life problem for them both. Emotionally difficult but straightforward decisions had to be made. We were never supposed to have to make this sort of decision about Link. We allowed ourselves to get pretty attached to him. More lessons learned. The hard-learned lessons are really piling up.
Enough about that. We found a ram! He is lovely, with gorgeous moorit spotted fleece! His personality is extremely friendly too! We hope his friendliness will win out over the less amicable natures of a few of the ewes. He is a purebred, registered Icelandic. We’ll be heading to Vermont in the next few weeks to bring him home! Of course, this means, despite the sadness the Finnsheep have brought us, we will be returning to our original vision of an all Icelandic flock.
With the new ram joining us soon, we are really trying to get our winter paddock ready. We’ve been busy putting in posts, driving to find more posts, planning, etc.
Rotational grazing is working beautifully! As a positive note from our vet visit, she checked FAMACHA scores (which helped me to know how accurate I was when I’d scored them) and reported that they were all very healthy! Yay!! She was pleased with all of our sheep and gave a thumbs up to our shepherding. That always helps so very much!