A few years ago, a neighbor got some Shetland sheep. She wanted them for their sturdy character. She didn't know the first thing about sheep so The Farmer answered a lot of questions that year. She purchased a beautiful brown ram to breed her sheep.
That November, our sheep were grazing up near her farm. Her brown ram was quite rambunctious and overburdened with all his ramly attributes. He jumped her electric fence and then our electronet fence. Needless to say he was pretty happy with what he found on the other side of our fence (100 plus ewes), considering he was only penned in with a handful of Shetland sheep.
This little ewe is the result of his adventures. Five months after his adventure, we had a few lambs born that were half Shetland, half Romney cross. They are hardy smallish sheep - a bit wild - but they seem to survive through anything. They can jump any fence and they are almost impossible to catch.
The other day in the storm, this girl was pleased as punch to be enjoying the elements. She was covered with snow and ice. I took these photos and later I was surprised by the lovely expressions in her face.