April 22, 2009

Black Welsh Mountain Sheep

Southfork Mesquite and Southfork Avens come over for a visit.

Resting in the shade of the spruce trees.



Southfork Cedar takes a closer look.


April has been a busy month. One of the things that happened was the arrival of a small flock of Black Welsh Mountain sheep (4 rams and 11 ewes and yearlings). Here are a couple photos of this small black sheep. I should have had someone stand beside them so you could see in comparison how small they are. I would think the rams weigh around 100 pounds at the most. Some of the tiny ewes are very large with lambs and will be lambing any day. I'll post some lambs photos when that happens. Meanwhile, I try to spend some time each day with them and get to know them.

9 comments:

angella said...

just look at that mug on Cedar. he looks like trouble! beautiful sheep, and what a wonderful addition to the flock. gonna watch for when you have some fibre for sale to take it for a "test-spin" lol.

Laurel said...

South Fork....would that be near my home? Melanie G's by the way?

val said...

love the new flock Val - it all looks so funny seeing no snow in your pics ;) these new guys look mean and tough!

Lona said...

They are beautiful and fierce-looking at the same time. My goodness--better not turn your back on that Cedar!

Kim said...

Handsome sheep, these! I can't wait to see babies. Lambing is my favorite time of the year.

Anonymous said...

Those are some huge horns for such small sheep. I'm amazed they don't tip over from the weight!

Katie Vaino said...

Gorgeous sheep, what I would give! I agree, I would love to get some of their fibre ...I don't spin but it would be amazing to have someone spin it up and dye for me to knit into something great.

Crazy Lady with purple fingers said...

I do not think I have seen Black Welsh Mountain Sheep before, they sure look stocky, would they be about the size of a pygmy goat? and those horns...my goodness...they look heavier than he is!! What is their fleece like?? have you spun with it?? Can not wait to see pictures of the lambs.

Val said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. I have sample washed, carded and spun just a small amount. Very crimpy, very spongy. I put too much twist and made rope! I'll try again.

Fleece is classed as medium to medium course, for outerwear and 2 - 3.5 inches average. I still have to skirt,sort and pick these fleeces (usually don't get time for any skirting until lambing is over with and the garden is planted).

They look fierce, but I think its the horns. They really are very sweet. But when out and about with rams, I never turn my back!