I must go ....... great to be able to chat again
we're hopefully going to move them out of eye sight so he can relax lol
He's yearning for the girls he can see
yes that what i am very conscious of, hopefully lambing will go ok
unfortunately Peggy's fleece is tainted by patches of white hairs on her back legs, so although she's a lovely animal, she's not the best shetland, but we don't really care, she's lovely
They will be big lambs with Lance as a father - what a size the ewes will be if they have twins
it will be interesting to see if we get any shetland lambs with horns as all our ewes are polled.
here he is again, longing
so it will be an internet free holiday
need to properly get away
im not sure... it will be a technology free holiday.
Perhaps you will share some photos whilst enjoying the sunshine
i dont recall needing a holiday more ever, than this
Have a great time but take care of yourselves
Where are you going to on holiday
then can refocus after that
holiday coming in mid sept thank goodness.
Yes, it has been a really chatoic year i've not had chance to sit down it feels.
Great to have this chat Dan ...... we miss you and the family on Chat.
Last one was Malham about 10 years ago - the owner of the Lonks died in the 1980s - not able to walk far nowadays so I miss going to the small shows and the Royal Lancs is poor now
Yeah. they are quite popular now at shows. There's a lot of them... When did you last visit a show?
Lonks were never very popular and the show classes were small as too much work
You should be able to get your finger between horn and head at all times .
Mmm we've seen that on the Lonks, and some of them are even cut... we're not a fan of that as it shows a weekness in their design.
The Lonks' horns are tightly curved and can grow to touch the side of the face and of course they belonged to a "Lady" so money was not short.
We like Lance's fleece structure so he's getting some
For example, we like Boris's horns very much and his dark colours, so he will have a breeding group of his own to see if we can get any with those characteristics.
Oh we don't do anything like that... the horns are what the horns are. We try not to meddle with nature and develop the flock traits based on breeding.
We will have, if possible 4 breeding groups this year. We also need to find space for the young and retired ladies, and the young and spare boys.
The Lonks used to wear steel clamps on their horns when not being shown so that the horns grew correctly
If you look at Heather's PDF in the news post you can see.
Yes exactly, it can be dyed, but in terms of better for knitting, it doesnt matter, it's whatever the knitter wants. But the quality of the fleece, the staple length and softness, all affects the spinning and knitting, and Lance has good qualities there.
I presume white fleece is better for knitting wool and can be dyed
Yes they are very impressive horns. But it can make life difficult at times when dealing with them.
White is good for blending.
Some folks want white fleece, others like the colours, so it's nice to have some of all colours.
Are you and Heather getting used to all the fantastic horns on the boys .... and some of the girls!
as in Lance's quality fibres
Carbon copies of their mum, with Lance's fleece, would be lovely.
Lol yes we wanted to get a white ram for the shetland girls to see what colours come out, as all the girls are nicely marked.
Doesn't seem to be many dark brown in his pedigree - you know how I like the brown Shetland girls !
He is posing for you. admiring the ladies, he can see just further up the hill
and maybe some of my dad's too
he will be going with the shetlands this autumn yes
Will you breed with him next Spring?
He does look big for a Shetland - lovely horns
and is a bit on the familiar side, you need ot watch him
he has impressive horns and is a big animal for a shetland
Yes I will try and get a picture for you.
We haven't seen Lance since he arrived - can we have a photo some time.
This field is bordered mostly by fences so hoping that will keep them in.
Yes Cindy, the boys are now in the LambWatch field as it's more secure. The two ram lambs Rocky and Harry have spent the last week escaping and climbing walls.
I now see that it is the same field but the sheep have changed !
My picture is constantly downloading - this field is the original one isn't it ?
Back on again. We've had a bit of a reshuffle. You can now see the boys. We have 7 handsome chaps: Jacob, Boris and Monty (Boreray), Wispa, Rocky and Harry (North Ronaldsay) and Lance (Shetland). Can you tell who is who??