Friday, March 30, 2012

Borders To Cross

So, you thought with the title it had to do with crossing the 49th parallel eh? Nope - it has to do with the new purchase this past week.
Meet Deakin 11-1683RR - born in Illinois, and got his immigrant status on Feb 22, 2012 before winning it big at Lexington, Kentucky (no, it wasn't the Bluegrass). He is the head honcho of my new Border Leicester flock.
And here are his women and a few of his children. They all hail from Antigonish, Nova Scotia. They had a brief 6 month stay in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan before I chanced upon them.Apparently these are the only Border Leicesters east of Ontario. We have had registered dogs for years, now we have registered sheep - I may have to show them off at a show in the future - as long it doesn't conflict with a dog trial.
The plan is to cross them with the Scotties (sheep, not the curling bonspiel), make a mule (the cross of a Scottish Blackface ewe and a Leicester ram, not a cross of a donkey and a horse), and then take the gimmers (the ewe lambs of the cross, not gummers) and cross them with a terminal sire (the ram you use on the crossbreds to make a market lamb, not an airline terminal).
And that is what I meant by Borders To Cross...although this little flock has crossed a fair number of borders until they have called McCord, Saskatchewan their final home.
Now all we have to do is make them naked like the rest of their new friends.


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