Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wanted: Job For Experienced Ram -or- Beautiful Ram For Sale

After a month of hard thinking, waffling over it and driving my DH crazy with discussions, I have decided that Skittles needs to find a new home - hopefully one with many more ewes than I have.
Skittles is one of the best rams I have ever seen! He has darned-near perfect conformation and a wonderful disposition which he passes on to his offspring.
Another plus is that his offspring all seem to keep their dark, rich coloring. The muskets do turn their brownish grays, but the colors always seem to be rich. Even Shaun, our red moorit iset wether, is keeping his rich red color with the iset frosting.

Being a very small sheep operation, we have to continuously keep genetics moving here. We don't have the acreage to swap out rams or make different breeding pens. As we won't be breeding this year, I don't think it fair of me to retain the great genetics Skit passes on. And each morning I see the longing in his eyes as I let the girls out into the pasture. He should be "working" for someone, not cooling his heals.

And so, we offer:

FOR SALE




Bluff Country Skittles
NASSA Reg. #15379
$400.00
(To Approved Flock only)
Skittles carries spotting genetics when crossed with ewes also carrying spotting genes. Every single lamb he's sired for us has been born with a white krunet (crown) or a few white fibers on the top of the head. Skit's also a very respectful ram who only gets a bit feisty when it's fall and the girls go over to the fence line to tease him. Even then he's always respected the fencing.
The only caveat is that whomever would like to add Skittles to their flock must make a Tire-Toy for him. I don't think he could live without his Most Beloved Tire-Toy!
And thank you, Skit...for everything you have done for us. I just think you'd be much happier in a bigger flock, Bud...

12 comments:

Mim said...

I have the wrong neighbors! Can't he have one or two girls from your flock?

Leigh said...

Wow. Your blog just won't be the same without Skittles. He is a beauty, and I know it was a hard decision to come to. Hopefully he'll soon have a home with lots of ladies to work with.

Val said...

This must have been a very hard decision to make. Skittles is definitely a beauty and like Leigh I hope he soon finds a home with plenty of girls and knowing how he loves that tyre of course it must go with him.

Sharon said...

He is such a handsome boy - wow! I was so disappointed to read your first comment, being my neighbor's declination. Boy would I love to see fleece from him. The only breeders at our house are llamas so we're out.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

The handsome ram with the silly name.... I DO hope he finds that approved home soon, or you get a huge windfall of good hay and decide to breed! I pick up this year's "working man" for Boulderneigh tomorrow.

Kelly said...

I know this was a hard decision for you, but I think it's noble that you are trying to pass Skittles' genetics on to the wider world.

Michelle, I wish you could see the size of my mother's farm - the 14 sheep she has now just do not fit in the ~1/2 acre of fields that are available. I think a semi truck full of hay would not convince her to breed this year - and with good reason!

Also, I can't help but remember that Mom and Dad haven't traveled at all (even to the Black Sheep gathering) since they picked up Skittles and his brood. I'm looking forward to being able to see them next year if they're able to visit then...

Pamela said...

What a gorgeous boy! I hope you find a very good home for him.

Tammy said...

Hey Kathy,
Just thinking about you, since I know that was a hard decision, but one that you, as Shepherd of your flock feel will benefit all invovled. I hope that Skittles finds a lovely home (soon) with lots of girls and buddies and room to roam. Take care,
Tammy

Wrensong Farm said...

Boy, I sure wish I had more acreage! :( What a handsome boy!! I hope you come up with the perfect home for him with girls galore and Tire-toys neverending!

Holly said...

The first thing that my mother said (before I'd even reached the bottom of the post) was "She's going to send his tire with him isn't she?!" My mother (and I) have enjoyed following Skittles' adventures. I don't have sheep myself (well, except for the stuffed toy ones, and the fleeces in the garage) but I know someone will really appreciate this guy. Oh, and if the new owner is OK with it, could you let us know where he went, we'll still be his fan club!

(OK, now my mother wants to know what Bran is going to think ... this could upset the whole local ecology)

Nancy K. said...

I don't know how I managed to miss this post until now! You had mentioned it in a comment you left but I didn't actually get a chance to check out your blog until this morning. Oh, Kathy! I know how much you love that beautiful, big, black ram! And, oh my gosh, has he matured into a magnificent animal! Alice would be very proud of her son.

I'll say a prayer that you're able to find him a home where he will be appreciated ~ even if not quite as loved as he is by you...

Thank you for taking such wonderful care of "my" handsome boy!

Dave said...

Wow, what a gorgeous boy !!! Those are the type of horns that I wish we had in our own flock. Have you ever had a micron count done on his fleece???
THANKS !!!!