Thursday, August 28, 2014

 The ewes below represent some proven ewes, as well as some younger ewes, that, due to having to cut back further, will be available. When you go from 135 sheep, down to 50 in two years (just Shetland ewes, not lambs or rams) it is a huge undertaking. Stressful, heart breaking and a huge lesson in hard decisions and proud moments.

The three horned ewes are proven, and are extremely rare. I traveled around Shetland, Scotland and England and didn't see a single horned ewe. there are few in the USA or Canada as well, and the horned ewe gene is inherited differently than the horned ram/hornless ewes, or the polled gene. I have something from these ewes (Nirvana has 13 offspring or grand kids here) so she can go help promote horned ewe genetics elsewhere. her style, look and type are all very shetland like and she will stay here forever if she doesn't find a home that will use her genetics.

ShelteringPines Nirvana - gray katmoget horned ewe - 2007 born. Underhill Thelonius Monk x ShelteringPines Modron. She carries moorit, spots and is one of my foundation ewes. She just tipped over 30 micron for the first time ever so she's a grade 3 fleece in FFSSA due to AFD. shes about 115 pounds
AFD 30.4, SD 5.4, CV 17.7 CEM 9.2 All outstanding numbers. She's produced some incredible rams and ewes. i've kept them all. $300

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WhitePine Salome - black yuglet flecket sokket horned ewe - 2009 born. WinterTime Jazz AI x ShelteringPines Snow Cloud. She hasn't produced moorit yet, but lots of flash. her tail looks longer but it isn't. very square, shorter legged ewe. i've retained two daughters and a son. 80 pounds. Grade 2-Premium fleece in FFSSA. $300
AFD 28, SD 5.7, CV 20.2, CEM 9.8 She's produced!

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UnderThSon Souchong - white horned ewe - 2010 born. She is a UTS Broderick (orion) x UTS Hopi. She produced a fantastic ram lamb so i'm keeping him. She is square and bigger (100 pounds). Grade 3 fleece in FFSSA due to AFD. $300
AFD30.2 SD 5.8, CV 19.2 CEM10.2

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BlackForest Tokhara - she's fawn, or light moorit. F2 Orion out of a flashy spotted gullie. I kept her son from last year who I'm in love with, and a ewe form the year prior. 85# Grade 3 fleece in FFSSA due to CV. Proven modified, carries spots.
AFD 23.4, SD 6.4, CV 27.3, CEM 12.5 $275 RESERVED

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WhitePine Lexington - fawn/light moorit. F2 orion. She's Crosswind Apollo (mioget wildly spotted) x Wintersky Layla AI (horned). she isn't horned. She's a bigger girl (100) with nice fleece, but not nice enough for me (hey i have to cut back). her sisters are just a hair better. Grade 2 fleece in FFSSA.

AFD 24.8, SD 6, CV24.3, CEM12 $275 RESERVED

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WhitePine Eureka - spotted gray kat (Donna this is the one in all the close up photos you liked!) CrossWind Apollo (mioget wildly spotted) x WhitePine Eiffel 65 (she's a jazz daughter). I showed her at WSWF last year and made the cut under the UK judge. Her mom is slightly better (she's nothing to sneeze at either) but here she is. Grade 2 fleece in FFSSA.
AFD 25.3, SD 6.4, CV 25.3, CEM 12.3 yearling fleece. $275 RESERVED


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S'more Mamba - black light badgerface ewe. She produced a decent ewe lamb last year. If she doesn't sell, i'll keep her, as her conformation and rare pattern are enough to keep her here. Grade 1 fleece in FFSSA. Outstanding ewe line.
AFD 24.8, SD 5.8, CV 23.3, CEM 10.7 $300

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WhitePine Skor born 2007. shaela. Gorgeous, full bodied, proven ewe. Always twins. I can't seem to match her with the right rams, fleece wise. She wasn't micron tested this last year as she was at Cynthia's already over the winter (she was going to be leased elsewhere but that didn't work out). She's available for $275. Grade 3 in FFSSA last micron test. RESERVED

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

35 Adult ewe microns

Below you will see a table I quickly made of the 35 adult ewes that will be bred this fall, pending any last minute opinions next week when I get to see them in the flesh. They are arranged by AFD, although I use all four of these numbers (as well as other numbers, pedigree, lambing history, color, pattern etc in my decisions) . Microns are a tool that help me decide when I'm waffling between two sheep or mother/daughter pairs.

The ones without names, but numbers are from Whistlestop and haven't been named yet ( I know, i'm sorry).

The ewe flock average is AFD 24.7, SD 5.1, CV 20.46, CEM 9. These are pretty much my ideal numbers for my flock. Now just to fine tune the girls as individuals. Always a work in progress.

Gr Name AFD SD CV CEM
1P Beyonce 20.4 4.4 21.5 8.3 
1P Adele AI 21.7 4.4 20.2 8
1P Auburn AI 21.8 4.3 19.8 7.7
1P Taconite 22.4 4.9 21.7 8.9
1 Classique 22.4 5 22.6 9.5
1P 526 22.5 4.4 19.6 7.8
1 1219 22.5 5.3 23.6 10
1P Pacena 22.8 4.9 21.3 9.1
1P Madem 23.3 3.8 16.4 6.6
1P Foley 23.4 4.9 21 9.4
2 1204 23.5 6.1 25.8 11
1P Sedalia 23.6 4.3 18.1 8
2 1201 24 6.1 25.3 11
1P Bethany AI 24.2 4.7 19.5 8.1
1P Eiffel 65 24.4 5.2 21.4 9.3
1 Cabotine 24.5 5.5 22.3 9.1
1P Nisswa 24.7 5.4 21.9 11
1P Amarige 24.9 5.4 21.6 9.8
2P New Glarus 25.2 4.6 18.2 8
2 Asahi 25.3 5.2 20.5 9.3
2P Snow Patrol 25.7 5.3 20.5 8.6
2P Bivina 25.9 5.3 20.5 9.2
2P Tecate 25.9 5.3 20.4 9.9
2P Tresor 25.9 5.3 20.6 9.5
2 Colby AI 25.9 6 23 12
2P Nivea AI 26 5.2 19.9 9
2P Roseau 26.3 5.2 19.8 9.6
2P Noche 26.4 5.3 19.9 9.3
2P 1234 26.7 5.8 21.8 10
2P Nina Sky AI 26.8 5.1 19 8.4
2P Rihanna AI 27 5.1 18.9 9.1
2P Norah Jones 27.2 4.7 17.1 7.7
1P Des'ree 27.3 5.4 19.7 9.1
2P Lydia 27.5 4.3 15.7 7.5
2P Neriah 27.7 4.7 17 7.3

Tentative breeding groups

The four rams I am using this fall, are all rams I offered for sale, with the intent to use them for breeding and then move them on to new h...