“Goats are like dogs, sheep are like cats,” said Farmer John when I told him of our plans to add to the Beekman menagerie
It’s true. As much as you would like the sheep to give you kisses like the goats do, they are, in fact, a bit… sheepish.
There are very few flocks of Black Welsh Mountain sheep in North America. There are only about 800 of them on the entire continent, and two of those reside at The Beekman Farm (and two more at Cantitoe Corners, Martha Stewart’s farm in Bedford, NY).
Lady and Ba Ba are completely black (yes, they were named after the rhyme ‘Ba, Ba Black Sheep’ after Lady GaGa because we must have heard her songs over a thousand times during the road trip we took to pick them up.) Their eyes are black, their fleece, and even their gums and tongue. They have no wool on their faces or on the legs below the knee.
Lady was born on March 9, 2010
BaBa was born on April 30, 2010
The soft black wool of the Black Welsh Sheep is often used to produce checked tweeds. Who knows what new ideas we’ll come up with once Lady and Ba Ba receive their first haircut.
Any suggestions? Leave them in the comment section below.
See how Lady and Ba Ba inspired one of the artisans in our B. 1802 Rural Artist Collective. Click here