Early this morning, between 1 and 3 AM, Adelaide brought this sweet ewe lamb into the world. Notice the whitish fleece and black face and legs? This coloration will reverse over the next 4 months. Her face and legs will become bright solid white, and her body will become a dark marbled black and white to nearly black. This is a unique trait of the Herdwick sheep.
I will upload pictures tomorrow of the ram born this evening. They don't want to load correctly right now.
So, in the old Cumbrian method of counting sheep, we are up to: Yan, Tan, Tethra lambs! More to follow!
Erin Bradt, 6th+ generation farmer, is co-owner with husband Ray and manager here at Helder~Herdwyck Farm. Located in the Helderberg Mountains of upstate New York, Erin also owned and managed The Wren's Nest, a fiber arts supply business she opened in 2002. Selling a variety of fiber arts equipment and supplies, it is being phased into the Farm business. Erin teaches frame loom weaving and punch-needle rug making, as well as spinning. A 2013 graduate of Holistic Management International's Beginning Women Farmers class and 2014 Annie's Project class, Erin oversees the holistic management and sustainable practices of her family farm. Her fondest endeavor is continuing the introduction of Herdwick sheep to the America's. A valuable breed to the future of agriculture.