Concern for the Black Welsh Mountain Sheep

Posted by F&S

With the temperatures finally plunging we, Frenchies, get very concerned about all of our farm friends.  We have a nice selection of winter coats and the horses and donkeys have winter coats, too.  But, what about the Black Welsh Mountain Sheep?

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Francesca!  The temperatures are certainly dropping these days and I feel that it could snow at any minute!  Let's check on the sheep to be sure that they are keeping warm!

1 Francesca! The temperatures are certainly dropping these days and I feel that it could snow at any minute! Let's check on the sheep to be sure that they are keeping warm!

There they are - the Black Welsh Mountain sheep!  Maybe we should enter their paddock and ask them if they're warm enough, Franny!

2 There they are - the Black Welsh Mountain sheep! Maybe we should enter their paddock and ask them if they're warm enough, Franny!

Silly Sharkey!  The sheep are fine in cold weather.  After all, they are covered with wool fleeces, which, by the way, have grown quite thick.

3 Silly Sharkey! The sheep are fine in cold weather. After all, they are covered with wool fleeces, which, by the way, have grown quite thick.

Plus, Sharkey, they have this little house where they can find shelter from falling rain and snow!

4 Plus, Sharkey, they have this little house where they can find shelter from falling rain and snow!

I've also noticed that they have been packing on the pounds lately, as extra body fat helps to keep them warm.  The ewes tend to be around 100 pounds and the males, called rams, are usually around 140 pounds.

5 I've also noticed that they have been packing on the pounds lately, as extra body fat helps to keep them warm. The ewes tend to be around 100 pounds and the males, called rams, are usually around 140 pounds.

In some breeds of sheep, both sexes have horns, but not in the Black Welsh variety.  Rams grow curved horns while the ewes do not. The females are referred to as polled, meaning without horns.

6 In some breeds of sheep, both sexes have horns, but not in the Black Welsh variety. Rams grow curved horns while the ewes do not. The females are referred to as polled, meaning without horns.

Oh Franny, you're right!  I almost forgot how thick their fleeces grew last year and how Martha sheared them in the spring!  Say, whatever happened to that wool, anyway?

7 Oh Franny, you're right! I almost forgot how thick their fleeces grew last year and how Martha sheared them in the spring! Say, whatever happened to that wool, anyway?

Here it is, Sharkey, in the craft room!  Look how many skeins of yarn were yielded after spinning!

8 Here it is, Sharkey, in the craft room! Look how many skeins of yarn were yielded after spinning!

Black Welsh mountain sheep produce black, short, and dense wool.  If the sheep are exposed to a lot of sunlight, their coats turn a reddish shade, called Cochddu.

9 Black Welsh mountain sheep produce black, short, and dense wool. If the sheep are exposed to a lot of sunlight, their coats turn a reddish shade, called Cochddu.

The fleece is first cleaned before the plying process, or when two or more pieces of wool are twisted together in a spinner.  A strand of yarn is really a bunch of small pieces of wool fiber wound together.

10 The fleece is first cleaned before the plying process, or when two or more pieces of wool are twisted together in a spinner. A strand of yarn is really a bunch of small pieces of wool fiber wound together.

I have an idea!  Let's get out the knitting needles and ask Martha to knit us some sweaters with this warm wool so we can stay toasty like the sheep!

11 I have an idea! Let's get out the knitting needles and ask Martha to knit us some sweaters with this warm wool so we can stay toasty like the sheep!

Comments (12)

  • wow..wish I had some sheep..I would heel those little varmits around..being a cattledog doesn't mean i couldn't herd sheep...I used to have min-goats to herd around..I loved those little guys...be careful frenchies one of those critters could ram you and unintentionly hurt you..Lucinda took me out and i spied on the otters, a couple eagles, wood ducks and couple deer..no coons or beaver out roaming around..then what a treat..they loaded me in the Tundra and off we went to get a mocha and check out the ocean..we drove on the beach and I barked at seagulls...and barked at tourist...I am exhausted..over and out..cora-belle p.s. for Christmas I got Lucinda a really bright LED lite that clips on the bill of her basebill cap..you should all try one..hands free walking around the yard at night and really bright...makes it much easier for her to help me up the steps and the beam goes wherever you are looking..too cool

  • Good Morning F & S

    Can you say FREEZE YOUR BUTT OFF!!! I have an idea get busy knitting and send me a nice thick sweater. I thought last night was bad when I was carried out to the back woods before bed to do a poop but this morning is was worse I think my pee froze!! Mom shoved my butt out the back door and you have never seen a Frenchie pee and run so fast back into the house, I think I might have set a record.

    So today I have to go see Dr. Keefe for my check-up. Precious is coming also so at least I won't be there by myself. She is such a big wuss she is always afraid of the other dogs so I have to protect her. I love to show a little attitude in the waiting room, let them know the Zoe Monster is in the house ;) We both have our annual check-up and shots, my poor little butt is going to hurt.

    Well I think I'll go find a heat vent and take a nap.

    Stay warm!!!

    Zoe

  • Good morning girls,
    I was wondering, how do they clean the wool before they spin it? That got me thinking more and I came up with a great idea. When we get groomed, they could just shave us down, clean our fur and then glue it back onto our bodies. We would never need a bath again. We would be "true" glue squad members then. hehehehehehe
    Good luck at the vet today Zoe. Precious too. Cora-Belle, that light sounds like an excellent idea. That was a great gift for Lucinda.
    Over and out,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S,
    What a beautiful morning. Now this is my kind of weather. A bit balmy if you ask me. But mom wasn't too happy with the temps. For some reason she thinks she has to walk out in the yard with me every morning at 5am and watch me poop and pee. Like I can't do it on my own :) I hear her talking about me staying on a schedule. Hopefully she'll let me out on my own when I get a little older (I am only 8 months old, just a baby)And Sonya, I am a Husky.:)
    So my sister Abbie started her piano lessons again yesterday and I got into a bit of trouble. I jumped a bit on her teacher when she came in the house so mom put me in the kitchen. So.... after her lesson I tried to chew her music. Got a bit of it.LOL

    Good luck at the doctors today Zoe. Have your mom call my mom to give me an update. And suck up the cold temps and get outside. Maybe the cold air will open your air ways and you'll stop snorting. LOL

    Oh, and thanks GK for putting Lil B"s pic on the other day. His grandmom put the link on FB and his soldier TJ was able to see him over in Afghanistan. He was so happy!

    Have a great day everyone!!!

    Chloe xx

  • Hey Ladies
    I think I almost froze a foot yesterday! I didn't even want to go to work with Papa..He had to carry me to the car.
    I ran up to my favorite step to lay in the sun when I got home from work!
    Hey, Basil, I have 3 pictures in the Glue Squad post. Check me out..
    Great day to all,
    Basil

  • OMG! I signed out as Basil...ooooo, must have a frozen brain, too!
    so,
    Great day to all
    Rebel LOL

  • Hello Ladies,
    Don't feel bad Rebel, I think I had a senior moment. I know I saw your photos on the Glue Squad post, I even commented how we like similar things. I meant to say I need to see photos of Dudley and Kirby.

    I love seeing you girls out and about with the sheep. I sure could have used a nice warm coat from those sheep. I got sooo cold last nice I went under the covers. I saw G.K. and Sharkey on Mama's blog on Christmas at Alexis's house. How wonderful you all got to go spend Christmas with her and baby Jude. I was worried you were left at home. So glad you got to party also. I bet baby Jude's 1st birthday soon will be great.

    It must be doctor checkup week, Zoe. I have to go for my bloodwork tomorrow. All the meds I am on warrant my kidneys getting checked etc. I have bad sinus problems right now and am a bit under the weather. I didn't think we dogs could catch anything from humans, but Mom swears I have her flu. Back to bed for me.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I guess that everyone knows that the hair that comes out while being brushed could be saved and spun into yarn. I think that a “Kirby sweater” would look nice on Mommy. I’ll bet that in these past 10 years she would have enough for more than one. Anyway, I don’t need to put on anything, I grow my own sweater. It really was cold when Daddy took me for my walk last night; even colder this morning. Daddy has one of those lights for his hat. Sure does help with the cleanup. I know my Daddy really does love me. Who else would save my poop in a little bag?
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., I absolutely love seeing you beautiful girls taking special care of Martha's wonderful sheep! You are so thoughtful and seeing that terrific wool Martha sheared last spring is fascinating and the information you give us is very interesting! Hope Martha will knit you some wool sweaters and you will look pretty darn cute in them! Love reading everyones comments again today! All of you are real characters who do and share fun things-thanks! Love seeing you new followers, too! Hope everyone has a great day and stay safe and warm! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • I see you don't have snow on the ground either or are those old photos...

    mommie delia read this to me and said that the Winter fat on my body helps me with the cold weather but not to get used to it, because I have to go on a diet in the Spring...OK I'm safe for now! :)

    F & S you girls look great, but where are your coats in that cold weather???

    Zoe best of Luck with your annual check up! yes the LED light Lucinda got sounds like a great idea for many things...

    prrrruuuuuurrr from Kitty >^..^<
    brrrrrrrrr from delia

  • As always, you two are so kind to do your rounds around the farm checking in on the other farm animals. I went back and read MommyM's blog on the sheep shearing last Spring. Absolutely fascinating process.

    Question for G.K., Kirby Bear, and Maddox: How cold does it have to be before any of you three want/need to put on a jacket or do you ever need to put one on?

    Good luck Zoe, Precious, and Basil at the Dr.'s office. Chloe thanks for letting me know. Now I can work on figuring out which traits go with which breed.

  • Holy Sheep Dip Batman...

    What a wonderful 'yarn' about the Sheep! :)

    I like when they get all fluffy. Makes me want to snuggle right up with them!

    The spun wool which turned into yarn is beautiful.

    I'll take a scarf, please.

    gail

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