NASSA Flock #240 USDA Scrapie Flock #MI17
Member Michigan Sheep Breeders Association
- Raising quality Shetland Sheep since 1993.
- Veterinarian owned and managed.
Our primary flock goals are excellent conformation and health. Secondary goals are preserving a diverse range
of colors, patterns and fleece types.
- Our award-winning Shetland sires and dams consistently produce championship offspring.
Wow, whatever happened to Spring? What seems to be becoming the norm lately- our lives here on the farm have become crazy busy and full of excitement. In a three week period of time we had 82 lambs born on the farm! For those of you who have been wondering, our theme for lamb names this year will be...... wines!
We have beautiful lambs of all colors and patterns that are now ready to be weaned and go to new homes. We are very happy with the quality of these lambs- they should do well as breeding stock and in the show ring! We also have a few lovely yearling ewes left for sale. Anyone interested in lambs or ewes please feel free to contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org
FFA contest season was ending during the first week of lambing. The girls had a great winter with FFA. Sammy's Demonstration team did a "Sheep to Shawl" presentation. They won their District and Regional competitions and took a Gold award at State. Alex participated in Junior High Public Speaking. Her speech was entitled "MEAEP- Protecting your groundwater and more." She won her District competition, took second at Regionals and was the State Runner-Up!
Track season started during the second week of lambing. Mike had a little medical setback that took him out of the mix for a while. This left the rest of the family picking up the slack, which they did valiantly. With all the track meets and practices, chores and other school activities, our poor website was neglected.
The weather did not help farming this spring here in West Michigan. We went from winter to summer sometime in late May. We went from parkas to shorts over night. Hey, it is Michigan after all! The upside is that we are all hoping that the drought of 2012 will be a distant memory. The cold spring rains have replenished our hay fields and have now made us wonder when we will get a break so that we can get the hay up.
Sheep showing season is right around the corner. Sammy has already taken her club lambs to their first jackpot show, with many more to come. The kids will have Shetlands, Targhees and club lambs at the Michigan Summer Spectacular at MSU in June. We are also looking forward to the All-American Junior Show and the Michigan Junior Livestock Expo in July.
Some new things that will be happening starting this fall- we will be expanding our flock, hay and pasture space. We will be putting 26 more acres into production which will be great for all of us and the sheep. Lots of time is being spent working on the plans that will phase us into a new rotational grazing program.
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Don't forget- we now have wool socks for sale! The socks are made with our Shetland wool that was grown right here on Windswept Farms. These were knitted for us by another small business right here in Michigan.
FLEECES ARE BEING SKIRTED AND WILL BE UP SOON!