More livestock, new pastures, yarns and more. 2017 lambs and kids were all sold. The Farm of Beauty added four new breeding rams. Nadil is a 75% Awassi dairy ram, unique for his long horns and fat tail which are adaptive mechanisms for the arid middle east which is the region of origin for this breed. Loki is a black gray ram; Dominik is phaeomelanin. Both were bred at farms that consistently receive awards at regional fiber festivals. Nels, a spotted ram with a cream colored fleece was obtained from a farm notable for parasite resistance.
They joined the almost 4-year-old East Friesian ram, Marvin, who weighs about 250 pounds, and wethers Miles and Lennon also nearly 4.
The breeding ewes were shuffled to diversify fleece colors and to continue to build a flock of milky ewes. Margret who had a solid moorit and a black and white spotted ram last year, and Nancy a yearling with exceptional parasite resistance (never treated!), were sold as part of a starter flock. The farm added two 2-year-olds: a homozygous gray ewe (Juanita) and a white (cream color) ewe (Crystal), Aurora, a black mouflon yearling (Dominik’s twin), her carbon copy lamb Portia, and Oslo, a parasite resistant homozygous gray ewe lamb that was acquired in a swap.
The ewes and lambs joined 3 yearling ewes , (Ny, Nott, and Njala), who were new breeders, 3 yearling ewes who were bred in 2016, (Natalia, Noni, and Nina), and 3 older ewes , (Kalipso, Leaka, and Lily).
The Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats increased the milking queue to 6. Luna was the only doeling in Isabelle’s litter of 5. Lola had a twin pregnancy, a stillborn, and Julissa.
Top Row L to R: Nadil, Loki and Nels. Middle Left: Dominik. They join the East Friesian ram Marvin (center) who weighs about 250 lbs., and wethers Miles (far right) and Lennon (bottom right).