June 28, 2010
Welcoming my new black sheep to the farm!
As you know, I love my farm animals and I'm always tempted to add more to my menagerie. Recently, my friend, Dr. Brent Ridge, asked me if I might like to adopt a pair of Black Welsh Sheep, as he was acquiring some for his farm, as well. Brent and his partner, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, bought a farm in New York State called Beekman 1802, where they raise assorted livestock. Brent and Josh also have a television show on Planet Green called "The Fabulous Beekman Boys." I took Brent up on his offer and he and Josh delivered two adorable little black sheep to my farm. Have a look.
By the way, we will be having a contest on naming these little beauties. More to follow.
1 I was a bit surprised that Brent and Josh showed up with a film crew from their show, 'The Fabulous Beekman Boys.'
2 With good editing skills, almost anything can become a TV segment.
3 Livestock is usually transported in an appropriate trailer. I'm not sure I would like to ride in this minivan.
4 Sheep refreshment for the drive
5 Of course the sheep were presented to me with bows!
6 I loved these babies immediately.
7 We decided to pick up the newcomers and take them into the stable.
8 These barn swallows carefully observed their new 'roommates.'
9 A very serious sound guy
10 Carlos and Fernando thought the sheep were great.
11 Brent provided enough grain until we made it to the feed store.
12 Little by little, the stalls in the stable are being filled with occupants.
13 Even on my days off, it's hard for me to avoid the camera.
14 Shooting a segment with Josh
15 We've made a temporary pen for the sheep outdoors near the stable.
16 Stacked bales of hay provide shade and security.
17 The very sweet male
18 And the charming female
19 This little ram will grow an impressive set of horns. When mature, he will weigh between 132-143 pounds.
20 The average weight of a mature ewe is about 100 pounds.
21 These sheep provide a completely black, dense, and durable fleece.
22 I think this couple is adjusting very nicely to their new surroundings.