Friday, November 16, 2007

Wintertime Thriller and Piper

Thriller has matured into a very nice polled ram. This year Meghan decided to just breed him to two of her NASSA registered ewes, as she wanted to use Black Forrest(her black gulmoget ram)and a very nice mioget Heights Orion F1 of Cynthia Caillagh-Allen's for the majority of her ewes. She also did a couple more breedings to Thriller's sire Wintertime Landslide. The ewe below is Sheltrgpines Piper. She carries spots, modified colors and has a nice intermediate fleece. The other ewe slated for him is Wintertime Pavlova who is getting an extra month to grow up a bit more before being bred. This breeding will be a linebreeding on Landslide and two strong polled lines of ewes.

Winter Sky Cointreau's Breeding Group

This boy is a total psycho in the barn, but I can't take a bad photo of him and his fleece tested 19.5 AFD, 5.6 SD, 28.7 CV with 4.4 % fibers greater than 30, so I've selected an interesting and diverse group of ewes to cross him with this year just to see what he can do. His dam is also being bred back to Wintertime Black Forrest to hopefully produce the ultimate ewe lamb this spring. The above growthy ewe lamb is a Tennyson/Staccato daughter--Pianissimo. Her fleece is more intermediate in handle and length but has a wonderful dark brown coloration.
This is Winter Sky Lorrie Morgan(a half-sister to Tennyson sired by Winter Sky Sandstone)and Winter Sky Deja Vu(Tennyson X Kismet ewe lamb from this spring). Both have amazingly nice, interesting fleeces and type and are into hanging out in the barn with us each evening.
Last but not least is Winter Sky Diva--Space Cowboy's full sister. I was going to breed her to a moorit Heights Orion F1, but we ran out of breeding pens, so Leonid ended up going south to Wisconsin for his group of ewes. I am sure this cross will be an interesting combination for those folks looking for something that carries a lot of patterns and spots.

Winter Sky Space Cowboy's Breeding Group

Winter Sky Space Cowboy is an F1 Jericho triplet out of Winter Sky Calypso. His fleece tested a respectable 21.9 AFD, 5.2 SD, 23.7 CV with only 6.4% fibers great than 30, but he has a rather testy disposition which was evident from birth, so he has one "hurrah" and then it is off to the freezer. He is pictured above with Winter Sky Kiss This--shaela smirslet ewe lamb from numerous spotted lines.
These are my daughters unregisterable white Shetland ewes Winter Sky China Silk(Winter Sky Sandstone X Cedarose Short Tale)in the foreground and her daughter Wintertime Kiera. Meghan decided this year to go for the ultimate fleece and if for some reason she gets spots and/or color, so much the better.
Winter Sky Breathe is a finely fleeced moorit smirslet ewe out of Winter Sky Ready to Run and sired by Winter Sky Sandstone.

Winter Sky Tennyson, Kismet and Halla

Winter Sky Tennyson is one of the few mature rams ever to reside at our farm. He has proven over time to have the type of temperament, fine fleece, and purity of color we strive for in our breeding program. This season because of our abundant number of ram lambs he only had three ewes in his breeding group, but they were all crossed with him last year and produced lovely lambs, so we feel 2008 will be a very good year as well. Below are Winter Sky Kismet(a Willowcroft Jamie F1 ewe)and her equally typey and lovely shaela daughter Winter Sky Halla. Glenmore Staccato was also bred back to Tennyson but had already been moved back to her favorite barn(she was pouting).