Moe is a 2015 Teewater sheep out of Oklahoma. He is a wether (fixed boy) that thrives on the Farm growing happy long purled locks. He is the friendliest white teeswater, loving to be scratched and loved on.
Moe's fiber length is too long for him to be jacketed year 'round, but he is able to wear a coat in peek hay times during the winter. His shear schedual is a difficult one, due to needing a professional shear and my preferance of it being every 15 months.
Curly is my smallest Teeswater, born 2015 in Oklahoma and homed here at 5 months of age. He is very shy and a fast runner. Usually in cahoots with Larry, the other shy one. When Curly first arrived on the farm he was a wether, but had his tail yet!! And VERY chubby, he resembled a fat Raccoon as he bumbled away. He has had veterinarian care and his tail is the way it is best for sheep breeds now, but he will hold his "raccoon bumble" image to me forever. In the future, I think Curly will be friendly, he is just taking longer to warm us to us.
Curly has the tightest curl formation, and I would opt for delay shearing him to get longer locks, but not until he is more calm. This should happen as he ages.
Roxy is my Grandson, Noah's. She had one birth and it was a difficult one. It resulted in her staying 9 days in the winter in my garage, while I continued my normal schedule adding in crash hands-on-course in sheep midwifery. In the end, we emergency drove 1 hour away to have her babies pulled by our veterinarian. We had a book wrote about our ordeal, it can be found by clicking here: Roxy's First Lamb.
Roxy is a Suffolk non breed-able ewe. Her fleece is billowy and good for stuffing, but she is such a doll, the other sheep hopefully earn enough to pay for her keep. We developed a special bond and her friendliness helps the other sheep feel secure with us. We will pamper Roxy for the rest of her days, and Noah will show her each year at the county fair.
Isn't she a doll baby.... Miss Dainty came to us in 2017. She has only half her utter and cannot/should not be bred. She is perfect for us! She was covered in long fleece, so on the second day she got a shear, and I left the bang long to show how long she grows.
She has adjusted well, other then the one episode with Grunt after her hair cut. Ya see I did not realize there needed be a new acclamation after shearing! I guess she did look different, and Grunt thought she smelled different too! And he LOVES when he gets new play mates. -Imagine feeling a little naked after a haircut, then one of your friends wanting to chase you. Humiliating, with her half utter knocking around, now visible after the removal of wool. She and Grunt are now, the best of buds.
Miss Dainty has one of the cutest faces in the herd, and looks content and happy with her only job of growing fleece for me.
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Larry is a 2015 Teeswater wether born in Oklahoma on a teeswater breeding farm. Larry looks very similar to Moe, but is whiter around the neck and face. He is shy like Curly but WAY feistier! Larry was the biggest challenge to train to lead and I was glad to have my son-in-law, Philip holding his lead. Larry has a look like no other in the flock. When worried he gets wide eyed and white all around his pupil, giving him his "Crazy Larry" nick name.
Larry has the best curl formation of my Teeswaters, he was the top producer for spring 2017, and the first to sell out. I am waiting for him to mellow and be comfortable here, I would love to coat him periodically to keep his fleece extra clean. At this time, a jacket would scare him and here on this farm, the animal comes first, our fiber needs are secondary.
Sherman was born in 2012 and came to my Farm in 2014. His Previous owner wrote a book about him and his two buddies, called "A Pack of Alpacas", by Barbara Hagler.
Sherman is very kind and predictable. He is inquisitive, but only wants a human if they have a treat for him.
His Fleece is the biggest on the farm and yields an average of 7 lbs. a year. The even crimp and softness is absolutely wonderful. And his color over dyes beautifully with a red to give a nice rich color.
King is big for his age, born in 2014. His size is similar to Sherman even tho 2 yrs younger! He tends to rule the roost and is the first to protect the herd. I keep my eye on him, because he has the most aggressive attitude of all the Alpacas. He was gilded late, so he might think he is still intact.
This will be my first fleece from him and I can hardly wait. He has gotten blue ribbons for his fiber and I think the volume will be right up there with Shermans'. Being white, I will have the terrible decision to keep white or to dye it!
Norbert is my 2013 Model. He is part of the '"Pack of Alpaca" Book. Norbert is a fixed boy, his only job is to eat and grow fiber. His color as you can see is breathtaking beautiful!
I look forward to his shearing so his head can be shaped up. He and his 2 buds (Hershel and Sherman) were shorn quickly because they did not like it, and I was a newbe, not wanting to upset them. Ha! This year they WILL get their head shaped because I found out what a long year it is with them looking like dorks! He will become a very handsome boy.
Norberts' fiber is beautiful by itself, or I have had beautiful results plying it with Sherman and Hershel.
Hershal was born 2013 in Ohio, and came to Michigan together with Sherman and Norbert. He is part of the ,"A Pack of Alpacas" childrens' Book.
All three alpacas rode in a rented van to come to Michigan! Yes, in the back of a plastic lined van! Ya see, alpacas wont go potty just anywhere! They have what is referred to a communal dung pile. One spot in the pasture that they will all go on. Cool, uh? They are extremely clean animals. (if only they did not like to roll in the dirt) Hershal is dark, so he shows the hay pieces and bleached ends the most of all the alpacas.
Hershals fleece is extremely soft and very nice by itself or plied with Norberts for a two tone effect.
Mellow is the doll baby of the alpacas. He was born is 2015 and came to this farm with King and Goose.
Mellow also had a buddy (Goose) that we lost in the winter of 2015. Our hearts are still breaking missing Goose. Mellow was Goose's stall buddy and stayed with him so he was not alone. Alpacas are herd animals and need the comfort of another alpaca. The kindness Mellow displayed can never be forgotten. Also being the youngest of the herd, he is my baby doll.
Mellow has gorgeous soft white fleece.
Tess is a 2012 Leister long wool ewe (female). We saved her and gave her a "fiber" life, because she is not able to be a Mom anymore. Due to an infection she had to have her utter amputated.
Tess is the oldest and biggest of my Sheep and she acts accordingly. Her spunk and quick avoidance moves keeps us on our toes and laughing. Once caught, she is a big baby doll. During Tess's first training, we learned her; "I don't know what to do, so I will just kneel down", move! This was a bit of a challenge because she is sooo big! Check this out in the Video section, titled,"Training and hoof trimming". She is very smart and only needed two lessons to be halter trained.
Her fiber cleans up a soft bright white and usable in thick or thin spinning. This year we will try her with a coat.
Bentear is my sisters sheep. He is a leister long wool and was born in 2014. He is a wether and is very happy growing fiber.
Bentear got his name from having a bent ear when he was young. He is a very friendly guy and is super spoiled as you can notice his jacket. Sheep can wear jackets all year long to protect their fleece from dirt, straw and hay pieces. Oddly, the coats do not over heat the sheep in the heat of summer, the wool actually keeps them cool. An example of this would be the many people that wear wool socks in the summer.
Houdini is a Leicester Long wool, and quite the pistol! He got his name on the first day of Chris's farm. He escaped before he was even in his pen! Such a stinker, but you can tell by the look in his eyes, he is a sweetie.
Houdini's fiber is absolutely gorgeous, sought out by many. His lock structure is even from tip to end, with a lustrous shine.
He can be seen on Youtube searching Houdini, or Wheelycoolfiber.
Retha has beautiful gray even curls. She is a registered Leicester Long Wool, with quite the personality. The structure of her fiber is very soft and strong. She does not even lighten much in the summer sun. Her gray varies light to dark with minimal golden hues making a beautiful gray yarn with a nice sheen.
Retha is my "stomper", with a regal attitude. When she is perturbed, she stomps her front foot. I am not sure if she is trying to intimidate me but I happily stomp back and she usually follows with another stomp of her own. I think it is a Leicester thing or in her genes, her Grandmother did the same thing. She uses this pompus stature when she is perturbed and running. Assimilating a "Pepi la pew" cartoon pounce.
Fiona is a Registered Leicester Long wool. She is the only one of our sheep that has her name on her ear tag, she came that way!
The reason we got her is because she had trouble being a Mom, and she was on a breeding farm. It is not her fault, but her teats are too large and the babies cannot get them in their mouth to feed. This is a genetic disorder, that usually requires the farmer to bottle feed the babies which is quite time consuming so her farmer choose to cull her off their herd.
I love when I hear of an animal in need of a good forever home. I like to see them happy and live a stress free life. The best fiber comes from animals that have fiber as their only task, omitting the ups and downs of pregnancy and hormone cycles. Here Fiona has had a bit too much of the good life and is in need of a good shearing. Her fleece is strong and plentiful. One shearing of Fiona will make an entire sweater, and she gives this two times in one year!
Pumpkin Face is a Targhee sheep. He obviously got his name from liking to eat pumpkins and having a round face. Did you know, Pumpkins are actually good for sheep to eat, giving great vitamins and antioxidants. Pumpkin face is spoiled and gets a "coat" made by his owner, Chris. Chris(my sister) is an expert knitter and seamstress. She got him when he was under a year of age and has spoiled him ever since. He is a wether, (fixed boy) so his whole life is growing happy fleece! Pumpkin Face is one of the first to come when Chris calls!
Miss Campbell is Fiona's buddy, and came here at the same time making them strong herd mates. She is a registered Leicester Long Wool, and has a beautiful uniform fleece. This picture depicts the extreme length she came to this farm with, the neck being fully felted. She is now next in line for receiving a winter coat to help keep the hay feeding out of her fiber. Surely to be a favorite fleece.
The first day Miss Campbell was in the pasture, Grunt, our Guard Dog, scared the day lights out of her. Ya see, she accidentally got a little poo on her back during the trailer ride from one of the other sheep. And when Grunt saw that he was so excited to think that a "new friend came with a snack", that he lost all of his manners and wasn't thinking about how new he would be to her. She was not used to a pasture canine companion. I had the feeling she was saying her "Hail Mary's", as Grunt licked off the spot on her top side. With both my husband and I in the pen, it took us an entire afternoon until we felt comfortable leaving the two together, and her heart rate to return to normal.