November 4, 2019

2019 started with a cold flurry of activity!

One of the February lambs, after getting dry and warm.
He was now  ready to join mother in the barn.

In January I planned to settle into a restful winter once the daily outdoor chores were done. So many wonderful projects like washing wool, skirting wool, weaving wool and maybe even some time to read about wool.

That all came to an abrupt end in February when lambs started arriving in -20 to -30c weather. Unknown to me a ram had broke into the ewes pasture in September, while I was away Judging the Fleece Competition at the Manitoba Fibre Festival in Winnipeg.

Weather was brutal, so I picked expectant ewes if they had any signs of early labour. The others had shelter at the sheep shed but lambs and moms need special care in these formidable conditions. Pens were quickly set up in the old barn stalls and although each pen had a heat lamp, it was not enough to dry wet, slimey lambs. As each lamb was born I would wrap it up and run with it to the house (up to an hour to dry and warm them so each could return to mom).

It would be a long story if I went into more detail but the outcome was good. Although the days turned into weeks and the weather remained miserable, I can report that all lambs born during those weeks are alive and well.

Some of the planned lambs born in early May.

February 2, 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Happy Groundhog Day too! Wishing you all the best in 2018.
 This photo from a few years ago is me with a little red hen
that hatched and raised a duckling “Chuck”.

December 11, 2016

Not Dead Yet!

Sorry for the somewhat morbid and cryptic title! But I seem to have dropped out of sight to many people since I put my Facebook account in cold storage. I won't go on a rant about public media, but I am taking a time out from FB until I evaluate where it fits into my simple life.

Meanwhile, speaking of this "simple life", here is a spring lamb of 2016. After climbing into a tub and soaking up the warm spring sunshine, he fell asleep. His mother is trying to convince him to get up and explore the world! For those of you who aren't familiar with Wooly Wool of the West, this is my on line shop for selling wool (8.5 years using the platform).

Contrary to the green grass in the springtime photo, we are in a Siberian deep freeze this past few weeks. Vehicles and machinery that could break down have done so. But the sheep are warm and comfortable having 8 months of wool grown back since shearing.

Best wishes for the holiday season and New Year! Have a warm and wooly winter.

July 31, 2015

Chocolate Welsh Mountain Sheep - rare breed indeed!

Chocolate Welsh Mountain ram lamb Newland Chaz Brown with Black Welsh Mountain ewe lamb.
You are looking at one of the newest sheep breeds in North America and possible the only one born this year. Color anomilies have occurred over the last decade in the Black Welsh Mountain sheep flocks of Canada and U.S. In late 2013 two new breeds were registered - the White Welsh Mountain and Chocolate Welsh Mountain.

At time of printing the Official American Black Welsh Flock Book there were 9 registered Chocolate Welsh, represented by 4 males and 5 females. Of those 9 sheep, only one is in Canada,  a ram born here in 2011at Newland Ranch - Newland Charlie Brown. He was the flock sire for our 2015 breeding season. Many black lambs were born, which seems to be the norm. However late in this lambing season, a little brown ram lamb was born - Newland Chaz Brown.

Newland Charlie Brown with a Black Welsh Mountain ewe.