|9/20/2013 11:47:00 PM|
Everywhere that Mary
went... the lamb was sure to go
|Chelan resident Mary Sherer shows her unique relationship with her lamb, Snowflake, after taking her in and nursing her back to health.|
Mary had a little lamb. Its hair was
white as snow.
"Don't you mean fleece," you ask? To
that, we say, "no."
Mary and Mike Sherer of Chelan own
a flock of sheep, but they aren't just any
They are Katahdin Hair Sheep. This type of sheep is said to be an excellent
breed for hobby farmers looking for a low-maintenance animal to control weed
and brush growth in their pastures. They are docile, good mothers, good
milk producers, and seldom require assistance lambing.
One of the biggest draws for some farmers in owning these hair sheep is their
great taste with less fat. Most Hair Sheep lambs are raised
for meat, because the meat is leaner, better tasting, mild in
flavor and marketable at an older age than the wool breeds, even past the
"lamb" stage. But one special lamb took
a liking to Miss Mary and her
home. A lamb, born about 6 weeks
ago, was sick. The Sherers took her in, bottle-fed her and nursed her back
to health. Most of the flock at the Sherer home are brown in color, but this special lamb is
white, so the obvious name for her was Snowflake.
After Snowflake was back to good health, she was sent back to the flock. But after spending a few weeks inside a human home, Snowflake was no longer recognized as a member of flock, but a member of the Sherer family.
"She (Snowflake) follows me wherever I go now," Sherer says.
Sherer says they have been raising the sheep for nearly 8 years but want to find a new home for the flock for the winter months (other than their meat locker). And would love to find a good home for Snowflake, as she has become
part of the family. Anyone interested in offering a home to the flock can call Mary Sherer at (509) 470-1067.
Amber Schlenker can be reached at 509-682-2213 or by
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