Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Grand Fair - 2016 NC Mountain State Fair

 Hidaway Farms had a wonderful weekend at the fair...good friends and family...lots of sheep...lots of showing. For the first time in our showing career we received the Premier Exhibitor banner...what fun!
 Katie's Jolene loving anyone that pays attention to her.
 Katie and I showing Hondo and Mississippi in the Long Wool champion ram class. Hondo was Champion Long Wool ram and El Dorado was Reserve Champion.
 Showing Colorado in the Supreme Champion ram class. He was the Champion Shetland ram.
 Katie with Hondo...Champion Long Wool ram and Reserve Champion Natural Colored Woolgrowers ram.
 Colorado, Champion Shetland ram and 1st place Shetland fleece.
 Reserve Champion Long Wool ram...El Icelandic fellow.
 Champion Shetland pair of ewes and Supreme Champion pair...Cora and Caroline.
 1st place white long wool aged ewe with Emory and then Reserve Champion Long Wool ewe.
 Icelandic flock.
 Tess...a precious moorit badgerface Icelandic ewe lamb.
 Whew! What a day!!
 Lovely felted picture and handspun yarn by Katie.
 1st place honeysuckle.
1st place and Judge's Choice with my money plant. This was a great fair!!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

2016 Hidaway Farms Lambs

 Lambing is complete at Hidaway Farms for 2016. The pictures posted here are from the Hendersonville farm. We had 10 lambs born here...6 ewe lambs and 4 ram lambs. Katie's sheep had 12 lambs at the Leicester farm. She finished with 7 ram lambs and 5 ewe lambs. Now we are able to enjoy the antics of these marvelous creatures. Our names this year are based on John Wayne movie characters.
 First lambs born were a pair of Shetlands. Meet McLintock and Catherine (McLintock).

 First Icelandics born were twins, Mississippi and Maudi (El Dorado), white ram lamb and black spotted ewe lamb.

 Brooklyn delivered twin Shetland ewe lambs...Becky and Camille (McLintock).

 Next Icelandic to deliver was Rosaline. She delivered a large solid black ram lamb, El Dorado.

 Surprised on a Friday morning when we found Emmalee and her twins up and going. Josephine (El Dorado) and Colorado (Rio Bravo).

 Joey is a grey katmoget and Colorado is a moorit katmoget.
 Last baby to arrive was Shasta (Rio Lobo), a solid black Icelandic ewe lamb.

 Let the games begin!!

The end...for now!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

SAFF 2015

 What a wonderful time we had at the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair!
 Katie showing Birmingham, our yearling Icelandic ram in the Long Wool class. He placed 2nd.
 He is such a good boy...very well behaved and beautiful.
 Congratulations to the Supreme Champion Ram owned by Christina Law. This fellow was born on our farm last year...Hidaway Farms Houston.
 This is going to be our Shetland sire this year. His name is Dice and he is a black and white smirslet ram from the Stouts. He has some of our old bloodlines in his pedigree that we look forward to bringing back to our sheep.
 He stands really nice and has a very soft long fleece.
 Katie showing Helena, white Icelandic yearling ewe.
 Christine with lovely Emory, white Icelandic aged ewe. Both Helena and Emory were 1st in their class.
 Here I am showing Amethyst, black Icelandic ewe lamb and Katie has Peridot, mouflon spotted Icelandic ewe lamb. Amethyst was first and Peridot was 3rd in the class.

 Here is Katie showing Cora or Caroline, one of the Shetland aged ewe twins that we have a hard time telling apart. This one was first in the class. These twins went on to win Shetland pairs.
 Showing Emory in the Champion Long Wool class. We had 5 of the 6 possible sheep in the class. I don't think that has ever happened before.
 Katie's Joelene won the Champion Long Wool Ewe and then went on to show in the Supreme ewe class.

 And...Reserve Champion she was! Boy, was Katie happy.
 We also had Champion Long Wool pair with Quincy and Rosaline, moorit and black badger respectively. This pair went on to win Supreme Champion Pair.
 Melinda sharing cookies with the sheep.
 Derrick and Rothey...well...resting?
We had a really great show! We also sold 2 rams lambs as fiber pets including this cutie and 2 ewes. We made a lot of contacts and hope to be able to provide more wonderful fleece and sheep to people within the southeast! Until next year at SAFF...