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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Finally....
« on: September 13, 2013, 12:06:17 pm »
The brown one is mine, all three will run in the commercial flock and be tupped this year by a Dutch Texel.

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Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Finally....
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2013, 12:11:29 pm »
Lovely looking sheep. Is the fleece any good for spinning?
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ZaktheLad

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Thornbury, Nr Bristol
Re: Finally....
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2013, 12:24:42 pm »
I'm not a fan of horned sheep, but do like the look of these  :thumbsup:

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Finally....
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2013, 12:30:17 pm »
They're lovely :-)

Mammyshaz

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Durham
Re: Finally....
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2013, 12:38:54 pm »
Very nice. Love the mix of fleece colours  :spin:  :knit:

SteveHants

  • Joined Aug 2011
Re: Finally....
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2013, 04:34:56 pm »
Damn - I could have sworn a 'funny looking' little flock by the road near me were Icelandics. Now I'm not so sure...

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Finally....
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2013, 05:46:36 pm »
Lovely looking sheep. Is the fleece any good for spinning?

Hoooohhh yeah!!!!!   :excited: :spin:

Should be double-coated; outer is tog, inner is thel (or the other way about, never can remember), mixed is lopi.  Thel (inner) very very soft, felts very very easily; outer is very hardwearing.  Think Icelandic jumper!  :idea:  Felted slippers!   :excited:  Ooooh, lots of uses!    :spin: :excited: :knit:
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Finally....
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2013, 05:47:34 pm »
I'm not a fan of horned sheep, but do like the look of these  :thumbsup:
Exactly what himself said when we saw our first last year at Lanark.  Good strong ewes, hardy as heck.   :fc:
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Finally....
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2013, 05:49:13 pm »
Damn - I could have sworn a 'funny looking' little flock by the road near me were Icelandics. Now I'm not so sure...

These are particularly fine specimens - big strong girls.  They are actually 7/8 Icelandic, 1/8 Berrichon.  So the ones you see could be Icelandic, depending on how different they are...  If you post some pics we can try and work it out  :eyelashes:
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

SteveHants

  • Joined Aug 2011
Re: Finally....
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2013, 07:04:49 pm »
Damn - I could have sworn a 'funny looking' little flock by the road near me were Icelandics. Now I'm not so sure...

These are particularly fine specimens - big strong girls.  They are actually 7/8 Icelandic, 1/8 Berrichon.  So the ones you see could be Icelandic, depending on how different they are...  If you post some pics we can try and work it out  :eyelashes:


That might involve crashing my car.... ;D


But these are all brown, similarly horned though. I know its not much of a description, I only get a good look at them in a traffic jam.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Finally....
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2013, 08:57:56 pm »
Steve, the ones you are seeing wouldn't be Castlemilk Moorits or Manx Loaghtans, would they?

Top pic is a Castlemilk Moorit, 2nd a Manx ewe with her Shetland X lamb.  You can get Manxes that are shaped like the Castlemilks, same horns too, but the all-over dark brown of my Manx in this pic.
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

mowhaugh

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Scottish Borders
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Re: Finally....
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2013, 09:35:11 pm »
lovely!

SteveHants

  • Joined Aug 2011
Re: Finally....
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2013, 10:17:05 pm »
Steve, the ones you are seeing wouldn't be Castlemilk Moorits or Manx Loaghtans, would they?

Top pic is a Castlemilk Moorit, 2nd a Manx ewe with her Shetland X lamb.  You can get Manxes that are shaped like the Castlemilks, same horns too, but the all-over dark brown of my Manx in this pic.


No - they are much more 'heavy set' than those, more like the first pic, but it makes sense if they have Berrichon  in. Some of my woolshedders have a bit in, and some have Friesland - I'll post a pic of a Berrichon 'throw out' you can tell by the pink noses....

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Finally....
« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2013, 12:03:25 am »
Most likely Manx Loughtan which can be quite sturdy and there's plenty of them about.
 
Sally - I love the sheeps  :sheep: :sheep: :sheep: 8)  in fact I'm quite envious  :wave:
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bloomer

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  • leslie, fife
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Re: Finally....
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2013, 08:07:23 am »
one day i need to come up with an excuse to go visit sally and have a look at all her different sheeps!!!

 

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