we have been in touch with Mike and Becky Lannon for some time and when we finally got our farm one of the first things we did was call them and put a deposit down. One of the advantages of this breed is they do more than graze, they also browse and can do the work of goats. They are parasite resistant and handle heat and humidity well. They can breed twice a year and the ewes are noted for excellent maternal abilities.
Lone Star Deluxe
The decision to start a working, registered flock of purebred sheep was made. The gene pool is small in the pure, polled Barbados so we have to be careful with the bloodlines we get. We decided to get 10 ewe lambs and then match 2 Rams with the group to start with. Mike and Becky had just started lambing and we were not #1 on the waiting list so it became a work in progress.
Lonestar lambs at play
This was the year of the Ram....ewes would lamb twins, both Rams, it became a concern but we were still working on getting set up so the plan was to work on getting together a group for April. None of the lambing got any better so in the end the group was short of ewe lambs. Becky and Mike decided to make up the number with ewe lambs they had selected for themselves and a young ewe who had produced a daughter to replace her. We have our group together, it is so exciting.
A sweet Ewe lamb
Dark colored lambs
Weaned Lambs..you can see the size difference due to age
Lambs on creep after weaning
One of the young rams we will be getting, Lone Star Savoir Faire. He is shedding out his winter coat. Note his beautiful clean polled head.
It was very exciting to get the email from Becky this morning that they had sucessfully got a group together and as I type this I look out at the pasture which is growing well. We now have to organize the trip to get the sheep, they are after all in Texas. The Lannon's vet will do the appropriate bood work and I have to call the local vet to see what else we need to do.
Oh we also have to choose a herd name..humn is Bluegrass Barbados too tacky? There are a lot of big things to do yet and the birth of our first lambs is still in the future but seeing sheep in our pastures is a whole lot closer. I can hardly wait!