“Solfafill” aka “Solfi”: Registerable
Moorit solid spotted heterozygous polled ewe. Born April 14, 2012.
Solfi is the firstborn of the flock, the older of the twins born to Tryna. She was born 10.5 pounds. She is a huge, fast growing ewe with a long body and thick bone structure like her father. She has very abundant, dense, curly wool. She has a shy personality, but docile, and will come up to be pet. Despite being born of two fully horned parents (or so we thought), we were very surprised to see a polled daughter. This can only possibly trace back to her father, though he has the biggest horns I’ve ever seen on a ram that has one horned gene and one polled gene. (See the Mystery of Freyr’s Horns in the Library for more details.) She too carries one horn gene and one polled gene, despite expressing fully polled. Even though she has no horns, she’s too good to let go from my flock. After all, since she has a horn gene to pass, I can still get fully horned lambs from her.
Update: As of July 31, 2012, Solfi very suddenly grew anemic from H. contortus infestation. This was just about a week after I had checked her membranes, and they were a healthy pink. She struggled for almost two months and through many treatments to rid her of the worms and to fight the anemia, but on September 25, 2012, she lost that fight. She is the only sheep in the flock to give me problems this summer with parasites, and I suspect she either wouldn’t eat her minerals, or else she just genetically lacked the resistance to fight worms. Even so, she was a sweet, docile ewe with nice soft wool that I loved to pet, and I am sad to lose her.
AI ancestors: Ari (Leadersheep) 12.5%; Faldur 3.125%, Biskup (Leadersheep) 1.56% Total AI: 17.19%
Birth size: 2.
Horn code: Pp’
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