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so I use it for daily updates on the lambs and other happenings in the Bluff Country.
Located in the beautiful "Yucatan Valley" of Southeastern Minnesota, since 2001,
Bluff Country Shetlands is home to a delightful variety of these hardy, surprisingly friendly little sheep.
Known for their wonderfully soft fleece (a delight for handspinners!), and endearing personalities,
Shetland Sheep are the perfect choice when looking for animals that can be raised on small acreage and require minimum care.
After researching the different breeds of sheep, I decided on Shetlands for three main reasons:
#1) They are small (I am not as YOUNG as I once was!)
#2) They are easy to care for (no 'hi tech' diets and constant intervention, these guys pretty much take care of themselves!)
#3) They are raised for their wool, not their meat (although, rumor has it the meat from Shetlands is far superior to that of "improved" breeds).
Good conformation has always been the number one priority in Bluff Country Shetlands' breeding plan.
In 2004 I decided to add the focus of breeding for spots and a specific marking pattern!
Although excellent conformation and soft fleece will remain top priorities, I will be breeding towards
a particular cluster of markings referred to as: HST: Head/Socks/Tail.
This pattern exhibits white areas on the head, legs (socks) and tail of the animals that carry it.
I LOVE the eye-catching quality of a spotted Shetland, but prefer the solid color fleeces for handspinning....
HST markings give the best of both worlds! Now I'll be focusing on trying to reproduce these striking markings, consistently!
Visit the "BLUFF COUNTRY SHETLANDS BREEDING PROGRAM" page to learn more about my breeding goals.
BREEDING STOCK FOR SALE
Visit my BREEDING STOCK FOR SALE BLOG
Check out the MAARCH MADNESS SALE.
For the month of March, 2009 (and only the month of March,
you may deduct $100.00 from the price of any of my Shetland breeding stock for sale!
I do have a number of very nice, HST breeding stock Shetlands available...
VIEW MY PHOTO GALLERY
To see some of my favorite photographs, taken in the Bluff Country.
I hope to offer framed prints of these photos, for sale, in the near future...
In June, of 2004, I decided to start a web based group for people in Minnesota (and the surrounding areas)
who love Shetland sheep and/or their wonderful fiber. It's a 'just for fun' group where we can chat, share ideas and information
and perhaps make some new friends. Nothing formal...no dues, no board of directors, no 'arm twisting for volunteers'...
just friendly people with a common interest ~ promoting Shetland Sheep in Minnesota!
DON'T MISS THESE LINKS...
NASSA (North American Shetland Sheep Association)