The Rose Colored Forest
Gulf Coast Sheep
In October of 2005, my Mother and I made a long drive to Missouri to bring home the start of our flock of sheep. We brought three young ewes, Betty, Diana and Millie home with us. The ram we brought was an old gentleman, at the golden age of life, suffering from athritis and his owner wanted him in honorable retirement where he didn’t have to do winter. He jumped into my truck with no arguments, 3 lovely young ladies and a bale of alfalfa were good enticements.
We stopped at a motel to spend the night, leaving the sheep in the back of the truck, the next morning, we got a complaint from another guest about my darn sheep keeping him awake. I didn’t understand what he meant, until 150 days later. Millie gave birth to Mooney, our first lamb.
We have now had the sheep about 3.5 years and the flock has grown. We now have Betty, Belle, Diana, Dotty, Millie,and Mopsey, who is for sale. All offspring of that fine old Gentleman, Freckles Boy. He had fun while he was with us, babysitting his offspring. I have many memories of him lieing next to the shelter with a pair of lambs jumping up and down on his back.
Gentle George was young when he came here, a mere three months old, just weaned from his dam. He grew into a fine ram and gave me a nice small crop of lambs for his first round, 6 ram and an ewe. But he developed a weird situation. He didn’t have proper horns, but scurs. They didn’t grow evenly or where they were suppose to. They headed for his eyes. We took a good look at him, the scurs were still a couple of inches from his eyes, when we put all the sheep and cattle in the back pasture as we prepare for hurricane Ike to hit us. When we checked on the livestock after the storm was past, our little ewe lamb was dead and George was blind in one eye, his scur had decided to grow a couple of inches in a couple of days. With the power out in the area, no vets to be had, no help. A kind lady from north Texas came down and saved him. She had access to the drugs to knock him out so we could cut the scur off. However, she wanted to take him home with her. We were much happier to have him alive with her than in our freezer.
But that scur must not have been as painful as we thought, he just presented us with a full crop of lambs. We have 12 lambs on the ground at this moment, all from George. We will be keeping Bonnie, Barbie, Dorothy, Dinah, Debbie and Marrisa as part of our flock, and to keep George's bloodline on the farm. Since we are changing rams, it is a good time to expand our flock.
Our new ram is Abajon was born on January 18, 2009 so he won’t be here for a while. The young ram lamb on this page is Abajon, he is about 4 weeks old now. Isn't he adorable?
Lambs For Sale
All of this years lambs are sold. We do have a waiting list for next year and will start taking deposits for next years lambs in September.