This year we have added several new bloodlines to our Ewe flock in order to continue moving forward genetically. This of course means that some of our mature girls must go out into the world to seek new employment. It is never an easy decision to decide who stays and who goes. Sometimes a ewe's offspring will replace her in the ewe line up or perhaps there are too many girls of a particular bloodline to keep the Shady Oaks gentlemen gainfully employed. In any case these girls have made a significant genetic contribution to our flock and they can do the same for you.
Shady Oaks Giselle is a moorit sired by Fletcher Kurt and out of Shady Oaks Allegra. Allegra was Champion and Reserve Champion at State Fair in consecutive years. She is from our 'musical' line which has produced numerous Champions over the years.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Shady Oaks has several exceptional rams for sale this year. The ram flock started out with a lot more members-these boys have made the cut and are ready to go to work. There are several different fleece types and colors to choose from. All are structurally sound and they are gentlemen. Several diverse bloodlines are available in these boys-we have Fletcher, Stonehaven, AI and our own premium genetics available. Take a look at these photos and if you would like additional information please drop me an email. These lads are scheduled to take a business trip to Oregon Flock and Fiber. If you want first pick or to place a reserve an any of them let me know.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Meet Lilac and Daphne, the first babies of the Elfin Acres Nigerian Dwarf Goat Herd. This is a 'subsidiary' of the Shady Oaks venture.
George is the 'goat guy' and he LOVES his little goats. The little herd started with one and now there are four adults: Fabio, Maggie, Lilac and Daphne. And the new arrivals, Poppy, Ritamae, Violet and Enzo.
Yes, we will have to sell a few at some point but right now we are enjoying the antics of the babies as they play on George's "Goat enrichment center". (Not to worry, the sheep have one too-can't show favoritism right?).
The Nigerian Dwarf is a South African Dwarf Goat like the Pygmy but is quite different in many ways. They are fine boned, excellent milkers and have the appearance of a small dairy goat. Their milk is very rich and makes excellent cheese.
We will be showing goats for the first time ever at Lane County Fair next week. Yes, George will be in the show ring with his little darlings. He is convinced they are champion material....he may be right! His youth was spent taking care of a fine herd of Jersey cows and he knows all the 'dairy speak'! Escutcheons and all!
Come visit us at Lane County Fair!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Shady Oaks has a committment to preserving heritage breeds of farm animals whenever possible.
The first thing that caught my eye on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy list was the name. How could anyone resist having a Dorkie? The more I read about them the more intrigued I became. Dorkies are an ancient Roman breed of 'farm' chickens. They are excellent layers of lightly tinted pink eggs and can be harvested for the table as well. They are primarily egg layers, bug eaters and landscape assistants on our farm. The have an extra toe which perhaps makes up for their short legs. They are lovely chickens to have around, calm dispositions and beautiful plumage too boot.
We also have Japanese Black Tail Buff Bantams to entertain us and provide another decorative addition to the farm. The little JBT's are a hoot. The resident roosters, Bert and Harry are pals who share the harem of hens with good humor. They are good tempered little fellows only becoming militant when their buddy or one of the girls is in distress. Then they are fearless but they don't hold a grudge. Most of the time the troop motors around the property maintaining a continuous gurgle of conversation with occasional celebrations that involve cackles, crows and other chicken laughter.
One of the girls is quite matronly and will hatch a clutch in the spring and mother them until they no longer fit under her widespread wings. Then she starts over. Her offspring have migrated to eastern Oregon, Newberg, Cottage Grove and Estacada. We are always happy to share these little characters. The roosters are magnificent if small (they of course think they are not only quite handsome but also substantial). The little hens are demure and adoring. When new chicks are introduced to the flock the roosters show them the best places to find good bugs and will come to their aid if they are in trouble.
So now you have met the avian contingent of Shady Oaks Shetlands. What's next you ask? How about short goats? The Nigies require a post of their own for equal time. Come back and meet Lilac, Daphne, Poppy, Violet and the rest of the gang.