Today Sheila died.
She was born at Mountain Niche Farm on April 18 1999. She produced lambs there for Kim Kerley in 2001, 2002 and 2003 (Koala, Jasmine, Honeysuckle and Periwinkle). We then purchased her September 28 2003, and she moved her. We got her because of her spotted (flecket) genetics to breed to our Lewis, but it turns out she had a color modifier and produced shaela and mioget lambs too which was manifest when she was bred to Jocko. She was a somewhat wild and strong-willed sheep but very lovable in her own way.
In 2004 she lambed with Shane. In 2005 she lambed with Sasquatch and Sangria. All of these lambs were from Jocko.
In 2007, after being bred to Jocko, she produced Shauna. This beautiful lamb unfortunately died in the very neglectful situation I unintentionally sold her into. It is so sad that such a beautiful sheep had such a short and painful life that I will never live it down. She is in my blog’s header photo as a tribute.
Then in 2009 she produced (with the help of Jocko) Shirley and Shaun. Shaun ultimately grew into a gorgeous ram with both spots and a modified (and indescribable) color.
In 2010 after being unintentionally bred by Shaun she produced Timmy.
This was her last lambing as she was getting old.
I stopped shearing her in 2012 and in 2014 she became blind.
She continued to be quite thin but still got around OK and ate well. She was a companion with Sadie until she died. I had been trying to spoil her with bread, livestock feed and moistened alfalfa cubes. Last night apparently she fell and could not get up. This morning I got her to stand but she showed no interest in eating or drinking and laid down again. It was obvious that it was her time so we put her down. Sometimes it is really, really hard to be a tough but compassionate shepherd. This is one of those times.