Saturday, January 24, 2009

RAGGEDY ANN


Raggedy Ann(a colored Cormo cross) came to our farm in November after travelling all the way from California(thanks Sue)to Kentucky and then up to lower Michigan(thanks Char). She was born last March and will be bred next fall, as with all the travelling she seemed stressed and not in the best condition. She spent November up at my farm in a pen with two little Shetland ewe lambs that I kept open this season and almost immediately won us over with her big sweet eyes and calm disposition. Butting heads is a game she doesn't quite "get", but she does her best to accomodate her Shetland buddies when they get going in the mornings.

Her fiber tested 17.6 AFD, 3.2 SD, 17.8 CV with a comfort factor of 99.9%. She's consistent from front to back. We plan to add at least a couple more colored Cormo crosses to our flock this next season and breed them in the fall to the finest colored/white rams available for use. We will have lambs for sale in 2010.

6 comments:

Juliann said...

Awesome! She is just gorgeous!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

She's cute, but her test results are AMAZING! What is cross, besides Cormo?

Karen Valley said...

We have found out she has a lot of Merino in her. Just checked under her coat yesterday and with all this cold weather her staple length is now 4"+and still extremely finely crimped from neck to tail. Can't wait to spin all this fiber up!

Charlotte Epley said...

Love your Cormo...Can I have some???:>)

susan said...

So she is a merino X Cormo? How big is she compared to your shetlands? In the picture she dosn't look that big.
Was it Sue Russo(I can't remmeber how to spell it) that you got her from? If it was I see her at the local wool show every year. Her fleeces always do well.

-Susan

Karen Valley said...

Raggs is from Sue Rueser's flock out in California. She wasn't that much larger than my mature Shetlands when she arrived but she has been growing and is now a little taller than my largest Shetland ewes. I imagine she'll continue to gain height and weight over the next year. According to Sue her dam is one of her smaller ewes.