Instead of candy for my Halloween treats, I got a couple of "wooly creatures with curly features". Yep, we picked up two bred Lincoln Longwool ewes from the Michian Bred Ewe Sale. It wasn't spur-of-the-moment, we planned to bid on them before we went to the sale. We had the breed pegged for a while now.
Because our BFL flock is certified in the SFCP, we had to decide how we were going to incorporate sheep that are not in the program. We had two choices: lose the certified status of the BFL flock or start a flock that is epidemiologically separate from the BFLs. We chose door number two. We have the means to run a separate flock (separate barns, pastures, and equipment) and it will give me the chance to add a few goats as well. I had many discussions with the area epidemiology officer at USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services to ensure that we're meeting all the requirements.
The ewes came from Harvey Warrick of Adrian (MI) and they are a year and a half old. They have a very good temperment and settled into their new pasture very well. So you'll see Lincoln lamb pics next spring along with the BFLs.