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.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Happy 2013 everyone! Time sure does fly when you're having fun! This June we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of owning and running Windswept Farms. But more on that later....
In October we were blessed with two rams and one ewe lamb for our first fall lamb crop in many years.
In November we went down to NAILE in Louisville for yet another great show! We took home many ribbons and banners as did many of our friends to whom we've sold sheep. However, early Monday morning, a bit of a family tragedy happened; our beloved truck was stolen from our hotel. Thankfully, Mike had come down later that week and everybody could get back to school on time. We'd like to thank all of our friends and family for helping us through this and helping get our sheep and trailer home safely later in the week. We now have a new truck that is ready to be broken in!
In December, as many of you saw on our Facebook page, Sammy (Mike & Heather's oldest daughter) took over the marketing side of our farm. She is raising money for a school trip to Europe in 2014 and helping Dad out as he's going back to working full time for the Allegan County Conservation District. So please bear with us as we make some changes and please remember Sammy is both full time student and varsity athlete and has another job as well!
We hope that everyone had a very happy holiday season this year (even if you were missing the snow like us!) As soon as all of the parties were cleaned up we were all headed to Lansing for another great year at the Michigan Sheep Breeders Symposium. On Saturday, Heather gave a presentation to the youth program on keeping happy, healthy sheep and got re-elected to the board for another three years. On Saturady we also gave our family's presentation about our farm as part of the 2011 Purebred Producers Award. Then, on Sunday, the kids did it again by taking 1st in both the Master Shepherd's and Quizbowl competitions with their teammates.
Now we're all caught up to speed and in the middle of a very exciting FFA Leadership Contest season. This year, Alex is giving a speech about the MAEAP program and how we became verified. Sammy and her friend are performing a demonstration about the hand-processing of wool, from sheep to shawl.
And as soon as all of that winds down, we're into shearing and lambing! If you're lambing right now, or in the near future, we wish you the best of luck!
Be sure to follow us on Raverly, Facebook, Twitter (@WindsweptFarms1), Pinterest(@Windswept Farms), & Instagram(@Windsweptfarms) for consistant updates of what we're doing on the farm! Also, when putting pictures up or mentioning us on any social networking site, please use our hastag #WindsweptShetlands! Also, be on the lookout for the announcement of our 2013 lamb-name theme!
Don't forget- we now have wool socks for sale! Perfect for the chilly winter weather! 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.
100% Made in Michigan
Have a great winter everyone!
FLEECES ARE BEING SKIRTED AND WILL BE UP SOON!