In Memoriam

This page is for special sheep who have moved on from our farm in one way or another. I simply move their listing here to remember them.

Our flock sire for our 2019 lamb crop:

Gumi [goo•me] is an incredibly handsome guy. He is a moorit (brown) with spotting! For those who haven’t studied Icelandic sheep genetics I’ll quickly explain the importance of this. Moorit is recessive to black and all Icelandics have a base color of brown or black. If we had a Ram with a black base color (quite common) we’d likely have all black lambs (although mouflon, badgerface or spotting patterns may keep them from appearing black). Also spotting is recessive. If he didn’t have the spotting gene at all, it wouldn’t show in any lambs. Since he has it, it means he has a double copy. Sigga & Freyja also have spotting so their lambs were spotted.

We brought Gumi from Shincracker Icelandic Sheep Farm in VT, in August 2018. He spent a wonderful year with us and returned to Shincracker in August of 2019, having done his job here.

Skye joined our flock in June 2018. She was born in March 2016. She had her first lambs, ewe and ram lamb twins, in 2018. They were Finnsheep crosses. Her previous owner said she was a fantastic mother. We met her lambs who were indeed large and thriving. Her coloration and markings are wonderful. We were quite happy to add another moorit to the flock, with the added bonus of spotting! Even more than her coloration, we are excited to have her pass along her incredible personality. She would stand out to anyone visiting our flock as she’d likely be the only one to come say hello! Skye is as sweet as they come. On April 6th, 2019, Skye had a very difficult lambing. Our neighbor, an experienced shepherdess, came up and pulled the first lamb, a very large ewe we named Aurora. Next, I (Misty), assisted in delivering a HUGE ram lamb, we named Borealis. Both are moorit spotted but, Borealis is almost entirely white. Aurora has a distinctive brown stripe across her nose and face. I can’t convey how emotional her lambing was. We were shocked that both lambs survived and were perfectly healthy. Skye required some extra attention to recover from the difficulty but she returned to her happy self within a few days. She is obviously a pro at nursing as Borealis is now the largest lamb in the flock!!
Skye has a pre-pubic tendon rupture. It was the reason for her difficult lambing. It is slowly progressing and will eventually cause us to have to make the humane decision to end her life. Until then, we are enjoying the time we have with her. We added her ewe lamb from last year, a Finnsheep cross, we named Andromeda (Annie for short), to our flock in May 2019, just before Skye’s diagnosis.

Update 8/7/2019 – R.I.P. Sweet Skye. Thank you for your precious lambs and the great memories.