A Jersey cow in front of the barn
Hope Douglas with a Peregrine falcon
Cynthia and Astilbe
A miniature stallion and his owners
Mandy getting some attention
Giving horse drawn hayrides to visitors
Randall heifer Astilbe greets a youngster
A young man makes friends with a goat kid
Mandy and Astilbe visiting with Noreen
Mandy and Astilbe in their pen at the May Fair celebration
        The Randall breed was well represented at New Pond Farm's 23rd. annual Founder's May Fair celebration in West Redding, Connecticut, Saturday, May 20th., 2006.  Eleven month old Randall heifers "Mandy" and "Astilbe" were on display accompanied by Cynthia Creech and Phil Lang from the Registry.  The May Fair was well attended, and the weather cooperated despite a couple of brief sprinkles in the afternoon.  New Pond Farm is home to a Randall heifer, "Howland Homestead Noreen", who is bred to calve in June 2006.  Noreen will join the milking herd of Guernseys, Jerseys, and a Holstein when she freshens. 
        New Pond Farm is a Not-For-Profit "year-round environmental learning center" that was created by the late actress Carmen Mathews.  The 102 acre farm is under a conservation easement with the Redding Land Trust, and is run by Executive Director Ann Taylor, a Board of Directors, and staff.  The open land is a working farm run by Farm Manager Chris Casiello, and features an on-farm store selling dairy products and vegetables to local residents.  New Pond Farm offers multiple learning opportunities for people of all ages, including summer camp programs for children.
        "Founder's May Fair 2006" is an annual event to "welcome the growing season", and featured sheep shearing all day, (the annual shearing of the farm's Romney sheep flock), a Maypole dance for the children, animal exhibits, numerous craft tables and projects, fleece spinning and felting demonstrations, and much more.  There were a pair of fiddlers and a bluegrass group, and a special presentation of birds of prey by Hope Douglas from "Wind Over Wings".
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Founder's May Fair 2006
New Pond Farm
West Redding, Connecticut
May 20, 2006
New Pond's bred heifer "Noreen"
meets "Astilbe" and "Mandy"

A young visitor making friends with a goat kid
A miniature stallion was
on display


Cynthia with "Astilbe", who couldn't resist a nearby puddle

Hope Douglas of "Wind Over Wings" with a Peregrine falcon
Randall heifer "Astilbe"
greets a young admirer

A team of heavy horses was on hand to give hayrides to visitors
"Mandy" gets some serious attention
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Shearing the sheep and processing wool...
New Pond's Romney flock receives their annual shearing
Demonstrating wool spinning
Romney sheep waiting to be shorn
Shearing a sheep while a lamb keeps watch
A Romney lamb
Many of the sheep have been shorn
Shearing a sheep
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New Pond Farm's flock of Romney sheep waiting to be shorn
A sheep shearer is hard at work while one of the lambs stands by
A Romney lamb
Views from the day's event...
And around the farm
The pond at New Pond Farm
Heating water over a firepit
Looking back at the farm buildings from behind the pond
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Another sheep getting its
Spring haircut

One exhibitor spent the day
demonstrating spinning fleece

Sheep with their lambs nearby, many have already been shorn
A view of the day's festivities
One of New Pond's Guernsey cows on pasture
One of New Pond Farm's Jersey cows posing in front of the barn
A kettle over a fire pit heated water to be used for wool felting
The pond at New Pond Farm
A view of the festivities from
up by the house and barn

Looking back at New Pond's house and barn from behind the pond
One of the Farm's Guernsey
 milk cows enjoying new grass

The Randall Cattle Registry, Inc., The Official Website of the Rare Randall (Lineback) Cattle Breed.