I’ve been sorting fleeces. Here are samples of Glenna and Millicent, 2009 March lambs that I got just before Christmas.
That is black wool from another sheep in the middle and here is a close-up:
When I got these sheep there was one definite lilac among them. (For those of you non-Jacob sheep people, lilac is a color other than the more common black and white, usually a shade of grayish-brown.) I wondered about the others because they are out of lilac ewes and sired by Kenleigh’s Nitro, who is registered as a lilac. Shannon, Nitro’s breeder says that he was very dark and one of the JSBA inspectors said he was “chocolate” lilac.
Gladys is the obvious lilac, but what about her sister?
This is Millicent, out of Nitro and Meridian Millie, a lilac ewe who I sold a few years ago.
Here is Meridian Tess, who was born here, definitely not a lilac, but I thought she would be a good comparison.
So is there a difference between the black and white Tess and Millicent? Telilah is Millicent’s half sister/cousin (sired by Nitro and her dam is M. Tillie, a lilac ewe and the identical twin of Millie, but that’s another story.) Of course it’s hard to know what color you’re seeing on the computer, and I had decided that these sheep were regular black and white. But after opening up their fleeces today I think I’ve changed my mind.
Here is the group of these new sheep playing in the early evening. They stay together most of the time–I think they’er happy to be on the pasture.
While we’re looking at sheep, here are a few that look ready to explode. The first lambs are due in about three weeks.
This is bide a wee Haylee…
and this is Hillside Paula.