2012 Breeding Group

Through various changes of circumstance and choice, we ended up only using one of our six rams this 2012 breeding season. Six ewes were bred this year by that ram for 2013 lambs. He is exceptionally quick growing and beefy, and homozygous grey. Thus, every last lamb born this coming spring will be grey. There will be no spotted lambs this year, as Ferdinand does not carry spotting. However, some of the lambs may carry spotting. All the lambs should also be pretty stout, if their father has any say. I’m rather excited to see what results this year.

Breeding Ram: Ferdinand

Ferdinand posing for the camera. 09.15.2012.

Ferdinand (CLRC Number: -[CAN]677982-H) is an exceptionally fast growing and heavy built 2012 ram lamb. He entered the breeding pen this year weighing more than 130 pounds. He has huge, nicely spaced horns. His chest and forequarters are nice and stout, and his hindquarters are good. His wool is very dense and decently soft in the thel, with coarser tog. He is a lazy, laid back ram that doesn’t want to cause any trouble. He is a gentleram with the ladies. He is moorit, homozygous grey, and likely does not carry spotting. For a more detailed profile, see “Meet the Rams.”

Ewes bred to Ferdinand in 2012 for 2013 Lambs:

For more complete profiles of the following ewes, see the “Meet the Ewes” page.

Drea in the Pasture, taken 09.07.2012.

Drea (CLRC Number: -[CAN]606720-NH) is a stout ewe with exceptionally large shoulders, a short neck, and good hindquarters. She has a stout bone structure, and her wool is quite soft. She tends to twin, and raises those twins well. Her personality is very laid back. She is moorit, badgerface/solid, and carries spotting.

Potential Colors and Patterns in Offspring, and Odds of Getting Them: Color: 100% Moorit; Pattern Gene 1: 100% Grey; Pattern Gene 2: 50% Badgerface, 50% Solid Spotting: 50% chance of carrying spotting. Summary: All the lambs will be moorit; half will be grey-solid, and half will be grey-badgerface. Half will carry spotting.

Freya, taken August 22, 2012.

Freya (CLRC Number: -[CAN]667031-H) is exceptionally stocky and muscular, with short stout legs, a huge barrel chest, and excellent hindquarters. She was fast growing. This is her first breeding, so milkiness and mothering abilities are unknown. Her wool is long and soft and abundant. Her personality is cautious and shy. She is black carrying moorit, grey/solid, and likely does not carry spotting.

Potential Colors and Patterns in Offspring, and Odds of Getting Them: Color: 50% Moorit, 50% Black; Pattern Gene 1: 100% Grey; Pattern Gene 2: 50% Grey, 50% Solid Spotting: Likely no chance of even carrying. Summary: Half the lambs will be black carrying moorit, half will be moorit; for pattern, half will be grey-solid, and half will be grey-grey (homozygous grey). None will carry spotting.

Isadore in the grove pen, 10.04.2012.

Isadore (CLRC Number: -[CAN]667134-H) is a very round, barrel-chested stocky little ewe. She has excellent hindquarters and good forequarters, and good muscling down her back. Her wool is abundant and soft. This is her first breeding season, so I do not know about her milkiness or mothering abilities. Her personality is extremely friendly and attention loving. She is moorit, solid, and carries spotting.

Potential Colors and Patterns in Offspring, and Odds of Getting Them: Color: 100% Moorit; Pattern Gene 1: 100% Grey; Pattern Gene 2: 50% Grey, 50% Solid Spotting 50% will carry. Summary: All the lambs will be moorit; for pattern, half will be grey-solid, and half will be grey-grey (homozygous grey). Half the lambs will carry spotting.

Jona in the grove, 10.04.2012.

Jona (CLRC Number: -[CAN]667033-H) has a stout build with excellent hindquarters, a muscular back, and wide shoulders. She was fast growing. She has long, soft, and abundant wool. She expresses as polled, but carries a horn gene. She has a shy, but curious, personality. She is black and likely carries moorit, mouflon/solid, and might carry spotting.

Potential Colors and Patterns in Offspring, and Odds of Getting Them: Color: 50% Black, 50% Moorit if she carries moorit, 100% Black carrying moorit if she does not; Pattern Gene 1: 100% Grey; Pattern Gene 2: 50% Mouflon, 50% Solid Spotting: 50% chance of carrying spotting if she carries. Summary: Half the lambs will be black carrying moorit, and half will be moorit if she carries moorit, otherwise all will be black carrying moorit if she does not; half will be grey-mouflon, and half will be grey-solid. Half will carry spotting, if she carries.

Lilija on pasture, 09.10.2012.

Lilija (CLRC Number: -[CAN]654162-H) is a more petite built leadersheep lineage ewe with a lovely noble carriage and very nice soft wool. She is milky and raises fast growing lambs. Her parasite resistance has been good, even while lactating. Her personality is very forwards and bold, but hands off. She is black carrying moorit, frosted mouflon/solid, and carries spotting.

Potential Colors and Patterns in Offspring, and Odds of Getting Them: Color: 50% Black, 50% Moorit Pattern Gene 1: 100% Grey; Pattern Gene 2: 50% Mouflon, 50% Solid Spotting: 50% chance of carrying spotting. Summary: Half the lambs will be black carrying moorit, and half will be moorit; half will be grey-mouflon, and half will be grey-solid. Half will carry spotting.

Note: Her lamb(s) will be sold or retained, unregistered, for the freezer or as nonbreeding wool-only sheep, due to them likely carrying a hidden recessive for her jaw defect that she developed.

A profile view of Tryna, taken September 9 of 2011.

Tryna (CLRC Number: -[CAN]593961-) is my largest ewe as of the fall of 2012. She is a heavy built, long bodied gal with excellent hindquarters. Her forequarters are average. Her wool is quite soft. Her parasite resistance has been acceptable. She is from prolific lines, and throws twins and triplets, mostly ewes, quite reliably. She is an excellent mother. Her personality is wary and alert, but she loves to get pet by those she trusts. She is black carrying moorit, solid, and carries spotting.

Potential Colors and Patterns in Offspring, and Odds of Getting Them: Color: 50% Black, 50% Moorit Pattern Gene 1: 100% Grey; Pattern Gene 2: 100% Solid Spotting: 50% chance of carrying spotting. Summary: Half the lambs will be black carrying moorit, and half will be moorit; all will be grey-solid. Half will carry spotting.