Jenny died today. She had been getting thinner and weaker slowly, but we had been supporting her with extra nutrition and TLC. But today she could not stand up and had to be put down.
We bought her at 4 years and 1 day of age from Ellensburg. She brought katmoget genetics to our farm.
In 2007 she had Ewegenie (mioget katmoget) and Jewel (black katmoget). We have both of them.
In 2009 she had two more ewe lambs, Jasmine (black katmoget) and Jemima (mioget katmoget). Jasmine moved to a neighbor down the road. In fact, she just washed her most recent fleece. We still have Jemima.
These were the last lambs she produced for us but she continued to make beautiful wool until 2012 when Denise Mor chose her fleece out of our whole flock when she was 11 years old.
But then she gradually got older and more decrepit. I sheared her this spring for her comfort.
And I had been feeding her grain and bread separate from the rest of the flock.
She ate well yesterday and was walking around. Tom checked the pastures yesterday evening, and she was OK. But this morning she was down and could not stand. She did eat a few bites of bread but was obviously suffering. So now she is out of pain and disability.
She was a flighty, completely unfriendly sheep (which is why her earlier photos are so poor) until fairly recently when I started feeding her special. But she made gorgeous lambs and lovely wool. I am knitting with her daughters’ wool on my current project. So her legacy lives on, even if she does not.