5A Jona/Ferdinand Ram “Big Flash”: Registerable

Big Flash at 60 days old. 06.13.2013.

Black grey mouflon horned ram. Carries moorit. Born April 16, 2012.

This is the firstborn of twins to the first time mother, Jona. His father is Ferdinand. He was born at 7.25 pounds. Jona lambed totally unassisted and was caring for her new lambs like an old pro. She has also proven to be quite milky; these little twins are always bouncing about with full tummies! They are extremely robust, healthy little rams. Big Flash seems exceptionally hardy so far. His horns are growing out to look like his dad’s; he is likely fully horned. He is also proving to be extremely people oriented and loves attention; he is much like his grandfather falcon, who is also Freyr’s grandfather. He is a little smaller than his twin in growth so far, but does have more wool growth. Big Flash also has the longer legs of the twins, more like his mother’s.

A note on the horns of these twins: Jona is heterozygous polled, meaning she carries a horned gene as well. Her family history has been for rams to have full looking though fine horns if they get the polled gene, and no horns on ewes at all (like her.) The heterozygous rams do tend to have horns that are on the smaller, narrower end of the spectrum of normal sized horns. Each twin definitely carries a copy of one of Ferdinand’s horned genes. I’d like to say with fair confidence that Big Flash is fully horned, as his horns are distinctly larger in diameter than his twin’s, and also have a distinct ridge on the back side that his twin lacks. Check out the picture for comparison. Both are 60 days old.

A comparison of the horns of Jona’s twins. Big Flash is on the right, Chunk Monkey on the left. Note the smaller diameter of Chunk Monkey’s horn, and the lack of a distinct ridge on the upper back side of the horn. That ridge is clearly evident on Big Flash. Both are 60 days old. 06.13.2013.

Birth weight: 7.25 lbs.

30 day weight: 17 pounds (0.33 lbs/day gained during first 30 days.)

60 day weight: 47 lbs (0.66 lbs/day gained for 60 day average, or 1.0 lb/day gained during second 30 days.)

AI ancestors: Kveikur 6.25%; Grani 6.25%; Grimur 6.25%; Biskup (Leadersheep) 3.125%; Serkur 3.125%; Lodi 3.125%; Grimur 3.125%; Tyr 3.125%, Moli 1.56%; Heli 1.56%; Kani 0.78; Ari 0.78%: Total AI: 39.2%

Birth size: 2

Genotype: AgAt/Bb/ss

Horn code: Likely p’p’

 

More pictures of Big Flash:

The son of Jona and Ferdinand, 5A, one of twins. 04.17.2013.

Big Flash from the front, standing tall on day 30. Taken 05.14.2013.

Big Flash behind, 30 days old. 05.13.2013.

Big Flash eating hay at 30 days old. 05.14.2013.

Big Flash at 30 days old, 05.14.2013.

Big Flash at 60 days old. 06.13.2013.

Big Flash from behind, 60 days old. 06.13.2013.

Big Flash and his twin, 60 days old. 06.13.2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Flash’s Parents:

Jona, JWT JONA B4P 14Y -[CAN]667033-H. Fall 2012.

Ferdinand, HYA RAM M2H 3Z -[CAN]677982-H.. Taken 09.26.2012.