Our beloved Shetland ewe Mona died today. She was born in April 2005, the daughter of Monette and granddaughter of Babette, my all time favorite sheep. Here she is at 2 months of age.
Here she is in 2007.
In 2006 she was bred to Jocko and in 2007 she lambed. Here she is with her first lamb Moni who we still have.
She was bred to Lewis later that year and had her second set of lambs, Josefina and Katarina, in 2008. They were gorgeous lambs, and it was difficult selling them.
In addition to gorgeous lambs she always made lovely wool. Below is her fleece from 2009.
Bred to Lewis again, in 2009 she had Buster and McFly. This is a photo of Buster. He was sold as an intact ram for breeding.
This is Mona later in 2009.
Here she is sheared in March 2010.
One month later she lambed with Bo and Diddley, again sired by Lewis. Both were wethered. Bo was sold to a friend Denise and was renamed Chone. Diddley is still with us and is our friendliest sheep.
In 2011 she busted into the chicken pen and got into their feed, along with other sheep and goats. In that episode her half-brother Spike died, but she survived with veterinary treatments. In retrospect, I think the goats had learned how to open the latch to that pen with led to this catastrophe. We have a second latch on that pen now to prevent this from happening again.
She stayed in retirement from lambing but still made lovely fleeces for us each year. Here she is after shearing in 2014 with our Gotland-Finn ewe Moll.
She remained feisty in her retirement. Here she is fighting with Wilma with her son Diddley helping and her ancient uncle Bob staying un-involved.
She seemed fine the last time I saw her, but I have not been out in the barn because of my crushed finger. Tom said she had seemed mopey the last few days, but he gave her some grain which she ate well. Yesterday she did not eat her grain and today was dead. She seemed a little thin but not drastically so and not bloated. Her last check up in November she was fine. So not sure what happened to her other than winter is hard on older sheep. Surprisingly though this has been our first sheep death this winter and I had expected more, given how old our flock is now. But nonetheless this is a sad and somewhat unexpected loss. I do have her 2016 fleece in the black roving we had made last year. So I can still appreciate her with that fiber as well as with her offspring, Moni and Diddley.