Sting

MISTYMEADOWRAM B4SH319Z -[CAN]685091-H

Sting as a hogget (yearling). 09.26.2013.

Black mouflon spotted horned ram. Carries moorit. Born April 30, 2012.

Update June 2017: Sting will not be for sale. He is five years old, has an old head injury, and only trusts me. Not even my husband can handle him. He and I are buds though. So he can live out the rest of his days as a fluffy wether.

Sting is from Misty Meadow Icelandics right here in Minnesota. Of all the rams I have, Sting is my favorite in terms of build, conformation, and pattern. He has very correct, straight legs, with the best hindquarters of all the sheep on the farm. (Though Isadore comes awfully close.) He has good depth of chest, and decent width between his front legs; there is enough room for a good lung and heart capacity, but it should not be so wide as to cause birthing trouble. He has nicely sprung ribs and a wide ribcage. His muscling is quite nice; very full along the loin with large muscular back legs. When he stands with his head held high and hind legs slightly extended behind him, he makes for quite the showy ram. I absolutely love how he is overall put together.

Something else that this ram has that makes him hugely valuable to my program is how very healthy and hardy he is. This ram, even as a yearling, on minerals only and on dirty pasture, has kept good color to his eye membranes and a very low fecal egg count. (There was only one egg on the most recent slide in summer of 2013.) I have not had to give him any supplemental herbs to help him deal with parasites, nor has he ever been chemically wormed on this farm. He has also never been sick. Not so much as a runny nose, or a cough in the late summer. Yet still he has grown some nice muscling. I have come to greatly appreciate this trait.

As to pattern, he has a nice sharp, distinct mouflon pattern, as well as a gorgeous minimal spotting pattern. As to wool, he has good wool of about average quantity when compared to my other sheep. It is soft and lusterous; not as soft as some sheep in my flock, but very nice all the same. So far, he has shown no sign of silvering, and comes from lines that do not silver even in old age.

His horns are so far growing out fine and look like they’ll end up like his father’s.

As to temperament, he is highly alert and curious; he refuses to ever drop his guard or take his eyes off of a person in his area for any length of time, as though he were the self appointed sentry of the flock. He did this when we were picking him out at his home farm too. It was most amusing as towards the end of our visit, he was clearly tired, and kept almost falling asleep standing up, just to wake himself up when his head drooped too much. For the longest time he was barely handleable; he seemed convinced all humans meant to eat him. Then one day the summer of 2013, he just decided that people were okay. He now approaches me respectfully, hoping for some petting, or maybe even a treat. He enjoys being scratched. He leads just fine, though doesn’t like it too much. He is no longer a problem sheep to handle, even for hoof trimming. With the other rams, he is towards the top of the pecking order, and would likely take leader if Ferdinand didn’t outweigh him and outhorn him by such a margin. He is a little scrappy, but with a docile ram companion, doesn’t cause trouble.

Update 10.14.2012: After much debating on names, we have finally settled on Sting. This is because the singer Sting wrote a very creepy stalker song that sings about “Every move you make… I’ll be watching you.” Since this song fits our ram so well, now he is Sting.

Weight on 09.21.2012: 68 pounds (144 days old= 4.8 months old.)

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Breeding Seasons Used:

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2012. Sting will not be used for breeding for 2013 lambs.

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2013. (Click here for more info.) Sting was bred to Tryna and Cinthi in 2013 for spring 2014 lambs.

Spring 2014 Progeny: (2 total; 2 ewes). Click on each lamb’s number for a description: 13B, 15B.

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2014. (Click here for more info.) Sting was bred to Cinthi, Isadore, Felicite, and Laelia in fall 2014 for spring 2015 lambs.

Spring 2015 Progeny: (5 total, 3 ewes and one ram) Click on each lamb’s number for a lamb profile: 18C, 19C “Ginger”, 20C “Tansy”, 23C (no profile available), and 28C “Bellflower.”

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2015. (Click here for more info.) Sting was bred to Cinthi, Felicite, and Laelia in fall 2015 for spring 2016 lambs.

Spring 2016 Progeny: With Cinthi: Twin spotted ewe lambs, born prematurely and didn’t survive.

With Felicite: Twins. Stingson (black mouflon ram lamb, 41D) and Grima (moorit ewe lamb, 42D.)

With Laelia: Twins. Njola (black ewe lamb, 40D.) and Ada (black mouflon ewe lamb, 39D.)

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2016. (Click here for more info.) Sting was bred to Cinthi, Felicite, and Laelia in fall 2015 for spring 2017 lambs.

Spring 2017 Progeny: Pending
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AI ancestors: Blettur 25%, Lundi 12.5%, Abel 12.5%, Serkur 3.125% Total AI: 53.125%

Birth size: 2

Genotype: AtAa/Bb/SS

Horn code: p’p’

More pictures of Sting:

Sting looking behind him. Taken 09.15.2012.

Sting doing his classic stare. 09.15.2012.

Sting the day after he was shorn. 10.10.2012.

The Sting stare… Feel the stare! 10.15.2012.

Sting as a yearling. 11.01.2013.

Sting’s hindquarters as a yearling. 07.24.2013.

Sting the end of his 4th summer.  10.31.2015

Sting the end of his 4th summer. 10.31.2015

Sting from the front, his 4th summer.  10.31.2015

Sting from the front, his 4th summer. 10.31.2015