April

FAV EWE APRIL M5H 1Z -[CAN]676567-H

April the spring of her second year. 05.23.2014

Moorit solid horned ewe. Carries spotting. Born April 6, 2012.

April arrived here from Fence Row Farm in Michigan on August 19, 2012. April is out of a huge stocky ram and a big bodied ewe, and it shows in her build. She has a nice long body with straight, strong legs and a stout build. She is the most muscular of all my ewe lambs in 2012; she is just solid! Her back and shoulders and rump are nice and wide and round, and has continued that trend as she has grown into a yearling. Her conformation is excellent. She has very straight, square legs, with decent width between both her front and hind legs. She is fast growing into one of my best build sheep. Her wool is also quite nice and soft. She has so far shown good parasite resistance. Both parents are horned for many generations, and thus she should certainly have two horn genes (homozygous horned). Her personality is curious and alert. With patience and a lot of handling, she has really tamed down. She is quite handleable, as long as I don’t move to fast, or push too hard. I also got an interesting little surprise when I sheared her on 10.15.2012; her thel is quite light under that rich moorit tog, more of a light sandy color akin to the light tones of a badgerface. Only her face and legs remain dark moorit; it almost looks like she has a grey gene. I have written an article about this strange moorit expression in both her and Isadore. It’s in the library, titled “Moorit of a Different Color”, or else click here.

AI ancestors:Serkur 12.5%; Morro 6.25% Total AI: 18.75%

Birth size: 2

Lambing record: n1112

Genotype: AaAa/bb/Ss

Horn code: p’p’

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Breeding Record
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*She was not bred for 2013 lambs.
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*She was bred to Ferdinand in 2013 for 2014 lambs. On April 19, 2014, she gave birth to a single moorit grey ram lamb, 15B. Click here for his profile.

For size reference, 14B at 90 days old with his mother April.  He is 80 pounds.  07.19.2014.

For size reference, 14B at 90 days old with his mother April. He is 80 pounds. 07.19.2014.

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*She was bred to Thunder Cheeks (TC) in 2014 for 2015 lambs. She gave birth to a single moorit grey ram lamb (29C) on May 15, 2015. His lamb profile can be seen here.

April's ram lamb 29C at 40 days old.  06.24.2015

April’s ram lamb 29C at 40 days old. 06.24.2015

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*She was bred to Thunder Cheeks (TC) in 2015 for 2016 lambs. SHe gave birth to a single moorit solid ram lamb 38D.

April ram at 80 days old 07.17.2016

April ram 38D at 80 days old 07.17.2016

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*She was bred to Mr. Moufknutts in 2016 for 2017 lambs. She gave birth on April 23, 2017 to 52E, a black spotted ram, and 53E, a black mouflon ram.

52E at 64 days old (about 9 wks.)  Taken  June 24, 2017.

52E at 64 days old (about 9 wks.) Taken June 24, 2017.

53E at  34 days old (about 9 wks.) Taken June 24, 2017.

53E at 34 days old (about 9 wks.) Taken June 24, 2017.


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Weight Record

Weight on October 11, 2012: 75 pounds. (Fall lamb weight.)

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Wool Stats

She produced 3 lbs of wool in the fall 2012 shearing.

She produced 2 lbs. 10 oz. of wool in the fall 2013 shearing.

She produced 1 lb 14 oz. of wool in the fall 2014 shearing.

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More pictures of April:

April. 08.26.2012.

The lovely April as a lamb at sunset, taken 08.26.2012.

April on a windy day in the pasture, taken 09.15.2012.

April 9 days after shearing. 10.24.2012.

April about a month after shearing. 11.14.2012.

April from the front as a yearling. 10.07.2013

April as a yearling, taken 10.07.2013.

April the fall of her hogget year, in full fleece, taken Oct. 7, 2013.

April shortly after shearing, as a yearling. 10.21.2013.

April (right) with Isadore, as a yearling, shortly after shearing. 10.21.2013

April and her 2014 ram lamb. 05.23.2014