Saturday, June 19, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Multi BISS CanCH Auburnmist Special Blend WC, AGNJ, AGN, RA "Tim" has added his third Best In Show to his outstanding performance record at the Edmonton show on the weekend. Tim is the sire of Kiss's litter born last week and the sire of our amazing 13 puppies we had last year that resulted in my upcoming show girl "Ember"! These are tremendous puppies that are a wonderful to live with! He is also a half brother to my girl "Faith". Congrats Wendy! This is the link to his k9data page... http://www.k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=232829
Last week I watched an excellent documentary on pigs done by National Geographic. I learned so much about these animals and while I knew they are said to be very intelligent, I was surprised by the research and testing that shows just how smart they are. These animals are capable of lateral thinking (I know many teenagers who are not capable of this!), the piglets always nurse from the same teat on the mother, and the skull of the animal actually changes depending on wether living in captivity or the wild! Just to mention a few facts. Nature is truly wonderous and mysterious and never to be underestimated! These are pictures of "Socks" & "Speckle", our 2 piglets we are raising this year. This is the second time we have raised pigs, and I think of all the animals I have worked with, pigs are the most interesting, entertaining, funny creatures. Everyone always says you shouldn't name something you will eat, however, I believe they deserve a name. It is respectful of them and a reminder of respecting all life, no matter what the purpose.
Well,Loma has delivered 7 girls and 2 boys (& 1 angel puppy) after a troubled labor that resulted in a c-section. Of course this always happens in the wee hours of the morning at the emergency clinic. A cheerful vet and vet tech helped make everything go well though. Thanks Dr. Epp! & assistant! All is well and Loma is sooo happy to have her own pups finally!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Took a few pictures of our flock of St. Croix & St.Croix/Dorper sheep. The St. Croix are a breed of sheep that are known for multiple births, their excellent maternal abilities and the ability to lamb twice in a year. The carcass quality is very lean and the studies shown on the Katahdan sheep which is the breed derived from St. Croix, have an extremely low cholesterol rate. Well below beef, chicken etc. This flock is very quiet and very interesting to watch. The Dorper sheep genes are introduced into the mix for their body size and build. This flock is due to lamb in Aug. Sept. so we are anxious to see new lambs at an unusual time of year for us.