Frazier arrived on February 27th. As you can tell, he has a very unusual color pattern. This pattern is typical of recessively colored Romney sheep. His parents, Corinna and Jack, are both recessively colored. Frazier should have a beautiful fleece at shearing next year!
Cocoa delivered our first lamb of the year on January 31st.
"Fancy" weighed 11 lbs. 12 oz.
Fancy was born on the pasture. In this photo, Cocoa can be seen cleaning Fancy off.
It was a warm, January day when Fancy was born.
Dora (left) came over to check out the new baby. Cocoa wasn't happy with her intrusion and pushed her away.
After Fancy was born, Cocoa suffered a prolapsed uterus. We have been blessed to have gone 5 years without a prolapse in our flock. The vet was able to come right out and replace the prolapse. We inserted a special retainer and put a harness on Cocoa. She is doing very well after her ordeal and we have since removed the harness.
We named the baby, Fancy, because of the special white markings on her flanks and tail.
A few days after Fancy's birth, Cocoa and Fancy look out the barn door as snow flurries fall.
This is our "F" year for lamb names. Every lamb's name will begin with the letter F.
Shearing at Grace Valley Farms went exceptionally well this year! Since the number of our sheep has increased, shearing occurred over two days.We are grateful for all our friends who came out and helped us. The weather was beautiful for a January day in Montana.
The girls waiting to be sheared.
We were blessed with a skilled shearer this year. Karsten was gentle with the sheep and sheared them with care. Here he is shearing Diana
Two white Romney ewes move up the chute toward the shearing platform. Their coats are removed just before they enter the chute.
A ewe waits her turn to be sheared.
Deborah is next in line for a haircut.
Elizabeth was harnessed in place at the head of the shearing chute. Why? The incoming sheep will see another sheep up ahead in the chute (Elizabeth in this case) and go toward it. This is done to help the sheep feed smoothly up the chute. Elizabeth did an excellent job with her assignment!
Robert tried on a "sheep beard"
Karsten helping Keydon shear part of Elizabeth's fleece. Elizabeth was a very patient subject.
Bullet, our German Shepherd, waited outside the gate while the sheep were being sheared. When Betty came to watch the shearing, he gave her numerous doggie kisses!
The white sheep were sheared first and then we moved to the naturally colored girls.
Autumn and Evangeline wait outside for their turn to be sheared.
Belle being shorn
Elsie peeks over the edge of the sheep chute.
Ashley and Betty watch the sheep being sheared.
It's Carolyn's turn for a haircut!
Lisa gives Elmira a hug.
The ladies worked inside our heated shop skirting the freshly shorn fleeces.
The pile of fleeces after the sheep were sheared.
The ewes all lined up eating after they were shorn.
After shearing was over, Ashley and Keydon practiced spinning some Romney wool on the spinning wheels.
We are currently in the process of sorting, photographing, and grading our fleeces. When they are all cataloged, we'll post the fleeces on our website and release them for sale.