Immediately following my hand surgery last Tuesday, Rick and I loaded up our suitcases, hooked up the trailer and everything we needed to transport sheep, and headed off for a run to Montana to bring back a group of twelve Romneys from Grace Valley Farms. The trip was a true whirlwind: we left on Wednesday, arrived in Fromberg, Montana, on Friday morning, loaded up the twelve sheep we were bringing back to the Midwest, and began our return trek later that day, arriving home on Sunday afternoon.
The sheep all looked great and made the trip without issues. Nearly all of them trace back to our own farm’s genetics, since we’ve had several of our sheep go to Grace Valley Farms for breeding over the years. Now that they are selling off their flock, we felt it was time to bring some of those great bloodlines back, so three of the ewes and one ram will find homes here. One of the younger colored ewes (Heather) will go to a nearby farm that is just getting started. The rest are going to farms in Wisconsin — some to be delivered this week, a couple of them to be picked up in a week or two, and the last few will stay here for breeding and then head home in December.
Within the group meant for our farm is a ram named Edgar who originally comes from Tawanda Farms in California. To make age calculations simpler, we keep track of the birth year of each sheep by assigning a letter of the alphabet to correspond to each year. New purchases usually end up with new names in addition to their previous names. Edgar will now be known as Korbin Edgar. He’s a handsome ram who will be off to Wisconsin for breeding this fall and will return to our farm next spring to get a turn at our ewes in the fall of 2017. After getting a good look at him, I’m already looking forward to his lambs!
Our farm’s purchase also included three Romney ewes: Fluffy (now Lily), Harriet (now Nia), and Isabella (now Obella), all recessively colored and absolutely beautiful! We decided to keep Lily — the oldest ewe of the group — here with two friends from her original flock to make the transition easier for all of them. Nia (born 2014) and Obella (2015) are both fairly young ewes, so they should settle in well. They will also hopefully help Lily see that her new home is full of good grass and graham crackers! We are happy to have all three join our flock this year!