In front, Kimberwood Leonardo, a polled Shetland ram.
Behind him, LittleRedOak Shawn, a scurred mioget Shetland with crimpy fleece that I've only seen on BFLs (Bluefaced Leicesters) and my own Finnsheep,
and behind him, Osmo the finn ram, from Tim Reese's flock at Gale Woods Farm. Osmo is 1-1/2 times the size of my Shetlands, and hornless-- a pacifist, a sweetheart.
The other rams who will winter here are White Pines Parker, a scurred musket Shetland I got from Sabrina at Boston Lake a few rainy cold weeks ago. Behind Parker is LittleRedOak March, a son of Kimberwood Leonardo and Minwawe November. He has button scurs, and we are trying for polled rams all around. Hmm, I just realized, all the rams are brown in one form or another. . . Oh well, we have different colored girls.
This is little LittleRedOak Elise, whose mom (Bramble Elsie) moved away this summer. Her fleece sample was the finest of all the lambs I tested.
And my old friend Twin Brooks Palisade, whose fleece is still jet black after 5 years or so. If ONLY she'd give me a ewe lamb-- Always rams! With big horns! I would let her retire or move to another farm and I'd keep her lamb. I don't really want the super nice horns she throws on rams, but I want that black, glossy fleece.
Maple certainly cleaned up nicely. Note the sheen on the wool-- reflecting sunlight-- on the wool on top of her back:
And finally, what you get when you tell your young ones to go out and take sheep pictures for you: