Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Hoggets

The hoggets - the not lambs anymore, not yet yearlings - are really growing out nicely.  They are a very pretty group of young ladies.

We were lucky this year and had no breeding accidents involving the lambs, so they are all spending their days in a carefree manner, doing nothing more than growing strong bodies and beautiful wool.

Some of them are catching up with Bella (last year's 4-H market lamb) which is very pleasing.  Bella (below left) is a Hampshire - Suffolk cross, a meat breed, bred to grow faster.  We are really pleased that many of our wool breeds are pretty close to her in size.  She is very beefy but her wool is only about 1 1/2 inches long while the other breeds' wool have grown 3 inches or more.

And these faces... oh my... they are so lovely... we could watch them all day long.


  1. Yes, they do have such lovely and sweet faces.
    I was watching the Walton's last night and in the intro to the show they had an early morning shot of the mountains that looked just like your home, so beautiful. Have a great day.

  2. I especially loved watching these critters on a cold morning. I remember the babies running so fast and jumping so high into the air, you couldn't help but to smile at their energy :) You have a beautiful herd. I particularly like the black, probably because most sheep that you see are white? Thanks for sharing :)

  3. they are cuties. glad they're doing well!

  4. Oh they are all so gorgeous! Lucky you to have such sweeties around!

  5. They really are beautiful. I am not sure if I am just used to looking at goats - but these sheep seem very long-bodied. I bet you love photographing them. I know I would.