Meet The Sheep
Sheep that live permanently on Sunny Lea Farm arranged in alphabetical order. If you have purchased anything made from our wool, the tag states which sheep the wool came from, and on this page you can read about that sheep:
Beatrice-One of the first four sheep we purchased to start our flock. She was born in 2013, and had her first lambs, twins, in 2015. She is sweet and friendly.
Bianca– Purchased in 2015 along with Bert, our first ram, her fleece is a treat to work with, but her overall health and conformation are not on par for breeding, so she will be separated from the other ewes during the Fall breeding season, and kept only for her fleece.
Catherine and Carolyn– Twins of one of the Cheviot ewes, daughters of Bert, our first Shetland ram. They have lustrous, crimpy fleeces, the cutest brown freckled faces, and are quite friendly.
Flower– From Jemima’s first set of twins. Her marking are very interesting; a large white splotch on the head, the original name used by the Shetland Islanders to describe this marking is Krunet. She also has a tiny white spot on her chin, and a white tipped tail.
James and John– Born 2013, two of the original four sheep. Whether (castrated male) twins, impossible to tell apart except by their numbered ear tags. They are half Border Leicester, they’re fleeces are long, shining ringlets, wonderful to spin, though not as soft as the pure Shetland wool.
Jemima– One of the original four, born 2013. Half Border Leicester; she had her first twins in 2016. She is more stand offish. She was very dark when she arrived as a lamb, but fades to a lighter color every year, and is now a tannish-greyish-brown color, almost appearing pink in some lights.
Martha– Beatrice’s first set of twins, born 2016. Her sister Eleanor was sadly eaten by a coyote or some other predator one night when I failed to bring the sheep to the barn for the night. She is a fence bouncer. She takes a long look the fence, touches it gently with her nose, then backs up and bounces through. The other sheep are content to stay in the fence, but not Martha!
The Cheviots– Not named, these are four Cheviot ewes Dad purchased to breed for meat lambs. When crossed with a Shetland ram, their babies have beautiful fleeces. They are much flightier, and larger then the Shetlands. They take off and run when frightened, and startle at the least little thing. This makes them less prone to attack by predators.