Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A Permanent Flock Member--Stacey

Glenmore Staccato came to our flock as a ewe lamb with a gorgeous moorit fleece going taupe. She eventually greyed out to almost white but as she has matured she has gotten quite a bit of color back into her fiber. She is the epitomy of "musket". Each year now I can rely upon her to produce a wonderful fleece of rose-grey tones that sells before it is even spun up into yarn. And the fineness of her fiber even now at the age of five is exceptional. Two of her sons were wethered and sold to fiber flocks on the basis of her wonderful wool. And this season we decided to retain her dark brown Tennyson daughter even though her fiber isn't as soft as we typically like to see, because Pianissimo has her dam's personality.

Stacey is the ewe that will come up regardless of what is available to eat and hang out, breathing nice hot breaths on my neck when it is 90 in the shade and letting me know just how much she enjoys my company. Nothing phases this ewe and as you can see from the photo which was taken just last week even drought and poor pasture doesn't hurt her condition. My thanks to Louise Hooper for allowing us to bring Stacey north so many years ago.

5 comments:

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

She sounds like my favorite, my sweet Valentine, in both color and personality (although Valentine isn't musket). :-)

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

Ohhh, so nice Karen! Is this Rosencrantz' mama?

Karen Valley said...

Yes...Staccato is Rosencrantz's dam. We repeated the breeding this year and her next wethered son(musket)is down in MO. We retained a dark brown ewe lamb who isn't as soft as Rosencrantz although the fleece is changing dramatically this month and may just surprise me. And Stacey will once again be in Tennyson's breeding pen this fall. Who can argue with those fleeces?

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

I agree Karen, no arguing with that fleece and temperment! Hmmm, will you let me know when Staccato lambs? LOL!

Karen Valley said...

Not only that but I can let you know when her daughter sired by Tennyson lambs as well. She is just as sweet as her dam and a very, very dark brown. I think she'll be bred to the gulmoget(fawn)ram you liked the fleece sample of. Or possibly a moorit F1 Orion son named Leonid.