There was a time in my life (though it's getting harder and harder to remember) when I bred purebred sheep and showed them at various shows around the country. I do remember that it took a tremendous amount of energy and not a little amount of money! I'm not interested in investing either of those things these days. I love keeping my sheep here on the farm, out grazing in the fields where they naturally belong. The North American is a prestigious show, really considered the biggest of the big, so it's a great opportunity to see lots of different breeds in a short amount of time. (Of course, there's always the risk that looking will lead to bringing home a new addition ... which I did not.) I'm really happy with my own sheep these days. It's taken me years to get the combination of fleece type and temperament I have now and I'm more than willing to put my efforts into maintaining that. But still, I always enjoy looking at sheep and I'm certainly not above scoping out some new livestock equipment. Anyway, here's a quick view of some of the sights of the day.
|(I spied this beautiful Cotswold fleece as soon as we walked in)|
|(So much gorgeous wool)|
|(The main event)||Th|
|(Lunch time for some)|
|(Naptime for others)|
|(and some were just chillin')|