Trial & Error Acres
The first purebred Bluefaced Leicester lamb born at Trial & Error Acres
At Trial & Error Acres, the goal is to produce top quality Bluefaced Leicesters, and each year to produce lambs which are superior to the previous year. I feel quite strongly that only animals which are good representatives of their breed should be used for breeding stock. Breeding animals should possess physical soundness, correct structure, proper fleece, and definite breed character. I believe that the goal of every Bluefaced Leicester breeder should be to strive to produce "better Bluefaced Leicesters" and not simply to make "more Bluefaced Leicesters". Please view the photos and information on this page to see the improvements made each year in the lambs produced at Trial & Error Acres.
The first purebred Bluefaced Leicester lambs were born at Trial & Error Acre in the spring of 2001. These lambs were quite nice with correct structure, color, and fleece. While I was pleased with the quality of these lambs, I continued to strive to improve the quality of the lambs produced at Trial & Error Acre each year.
The first BFL lambs at Trial & Error Acres in 2001
The lambs born in 2002 were an improvement over the previous year's lambs, and they were a step closer to my goal. These lambs were various percentages of UK blood, and most of the ewe lambs produced were added to the flock.
Some of the 2002 ewe lambs
A promising 2002 ram lamb
The 2003 lambs were again an improvement over the previous years' lambs. I was very pleased with the quality of these lambs and how they developed. However, there was still more progress to be made in my quest to produce top quality Bluefaced Leicesters.
2003 wether lambs
A group of 2003 lambs
A head study of a 2003 ram lamb
Some of the 2003 ewe lambs as pregnant yearlings
The lambs born in 2004 continued to show improvement over the previous years' lambs. Their breed character is quite evident, and they were a fairly uniform group, as well. However, as I continue to strive to produce purebred lambs which are top quality examples of their breed, there is still room for improvement.
Some of the 2004 ewe lambs
A 2004 ewe lamb
A 2004 ram lamb
The 2005 lambs were the best produced so far at Trial & Error Acres, especially the AI lambs produced using the semen from the UK Carry House V-2 ram. The 2005 lambs exhibit the fine qualities that the Bluefaced Leicester is known for, in regards to dark pigmentation, correct structure, body length, fleece character and coverage, and overall elegance and refinement.
A lovely 2005 ewe lamb
A head study of a 2005 ewe lamb
A 2005 ram lamb (wearing a marking harness)
Some of the Carry House V-2 sired ram lambs
Some of the Carry House V-2 sired ewe lambs
This year's lambs are once again an improvement over the lambs of the previous year. The 2006 lambs are quite a uniform group, with definite breed type and character. The progress that has been made in the quality of the lambs produced over the past six years has been tremendous and should be quite apparent from viewing the photos on this page.
A one month old 2006 ewe lamb
The 2006 retained ewe lamb group
A two month old natural colored ram lamb
A four month old 2006 ram lamb
A four month old 2006 natural colored ram lamb
This site was last updated 01/17/10