Freya

JWT FREYA B2H 10Y -[CAN]667031-H

Freya, taken August 22, 2012.

Black grey horned ewe. Carries moorit and solid. Born April 26, 2011.

Freya arrived on the farm from Heartbreak Farm in Wisconsin in September of 2011. Freya is often referred to as the Fluffball on this farm, due to how round and fluffy she was on arrival, and continues to be when she is at full fleece. She was added to the flock at about 6 months old in the fall of 2011, and was intentionally not bred for spring 2012, as I prefer to wait until the ewe’s second winter to breed them. She is a stout ewe, with short but strong, straight legs and a very stout round body with wide shoulders, a huge barrel chest with wellsprung ribs, and a wide rump. She is an easy keeper when it comes to feeding, getting a little chubby even on pasture grass alone. Her horns are nice and wide, and she has the cutest wide eyed face. Her personality is a timid one, but she will come eat sweet feed from my hand. So while not exactly tame, she is handleable for just one person with no special equipment. Her wool is extremely dense, and has so far maintained its softness. Her parasite resistance has been spectacular this summer (2012), and I was told it was good at the farm where she was bred as well.

AI ancestors: Grimur 0.78% + 6.25%= 7.03%; Kari 3.125%; Faldur 3.125+ 1.5625%= 4.69%; Heli 1.5625%; Bambi 1.5625%; Morro 1.5625% Total AI: 19.53%

Birth size: 2

Lambing record: n22

Genotype: AgAa/Bb/ss

Horn code: Likely p’p’ Note: Horn code for father was pp, but mother was Pp. By appearance, Freya got p from mother, making her pp, but this is yet to be confirmed by her offspring.

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Breeding Record

*Freya was not bred for 2012 lambs.

*She was bred to Ferdinand in 2012 for spring 2013 lambs. She gave birth to twin ram lambs on April 20, 2013. Click here for Jack, her moorit homozygous grey ram lamb. Click here for The Joker, her moorit grey ram lamb.

*She was bred to Ferdinand in 2013 for 2014 lambs. She gave birth to twins on May 2, 2014; one ram (17B) and one ewe. The moorit grey ewe lamb was stillborn, and appeared to have died several weeks premature in the womb. The moorit homozygous grey ram lamb, The Brick, can be viewed here. His adult profile is here.

*She was bred to Ferdinand in 2014 for 2015 lambs. She gave birth to twin ewe lambs on May 9, around midnight. Lilac (26C) is a black homozygous ewe lamb who carries moorit, and her sister Bluebell (27C) is a black grey ewe lamb. Lilac’s lamb page can be seen here. Bluebell’s lamb page can be seen here.

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Weight Record

Weight on October 11, 2012: 138 pounds. (at 1.5 year old.)

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Wool Stats

She produced 5.5 pounds of wool in the Fall 2012 shearing. (raw unskirted)

She produced 2 lbs 4 oz. of wool in the fall 2013 shearing. (skirted)

She produced 2 lbs 3 oz. of wool in the fall 2014 shearing. (skirted)

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More pictures of Freya:

Freya shortly after being shorn, with Lilija beside her. Taken April 2102.

Freya not long after shearing, with Lilija’s ram lamb Sam nearby. Taken April 2012.

Freya peeking from behind Tryna. 09.15.2012.

Freya on a windy day. 09.15.2012.