Yesterday we had a very long, marathon trip to pick up some new additions -- mostly alpacas, all of which we are extremely pleased with -- plus a last-minute pickup: Ike the ram. This was clearly something that was "meant to be," because the timing was absolutely perfect -- we were already headed on a trip, and Ike was only an hour and a half from one of the farms we visited (Havenfield Farm, owned by our friend Kim Kline -- thank you Kim!).
So, here is Ike! What's so special about Ike? Well, other than the obvious (he's the cutest darned sheep you will ever see), there's the other obvious: He's spotted. And, he is a pure Babydoll Southdown, registered with the Olde English Babydoll Southdown Registry. He has a particularly unique, beautiful spotting pattern that I am very excited about for two reasons. One is that it is just plain cool to look at. The other is that it appears to be very highly heritable.
Ike is a two year old, and already proven as a breeder. He is the calmest, gentlest ram -- even calmer than Cheever.
Welcome home Ike!
We also picked up this absurdly adorable girl from the same farm (which turned out also to be a veterinary clinic, which turned out to be owned by one of my former classmates from Cornell Ag -- small world). She has the most perfect head I have ever seen on a sheep -- if anything, I would maybe like her to have a little bit less wool coverage on her face, and that is rare, for me. I swear, she does have eyes!
... In other sheep news, our first Babydoll Southdown lambs are due in T-minus two weeks ... Prepare for cute!
K writes this stuff, for some reason that has yet to become apparent.