Friday, July 20, 2012
Welcome to the Icelandic lamb flock! This was the year of the ram for me! Not all a bad thing, indeed, for the majority are from AI sires from Iceland, and those that are not are second-generation AI. What a selection for anyone seeking to improve flock genetics - and in a wealth of colors and patterns.
Here they are in order of birth. You can see more pictures and details on my website, www.trinityfarm.net
BEL 403Z (ELDJÁ) is a leader ram twin with classic black with white leader markings. He has perfect leader build and showing definite signs of leader behavior. Born 4/13/12; Leader sire is Geri (AI); dam is BLW 267U (Katla).
BEL 404Z (KÓNG) is a black ram lamb with sturdy horns and beautiful fleece! Twin to Hafrár (below). Born 4/14/12; sire is Blettur (AI); dam is DL 655W (Torfa).
BEL 405Z (HAFRÁR) is a homozygous gray ram lamb, twin to Kong. His fleece is a long and lustruous light oatmeal with gray thel, with a light moorit face and legs. But is that just phaeomelanin? The jury is still out whether he is moorit or black, and whether there is any spotting. In any case, he is a real beauty! Born 4/14/12; sire is Blettur (AI); dam is DL 655W (Torfa).
BEL 416Z (BAKKA) is a black-gray badger single ram. Great light oatmeal fleece, really baby-soft, and good horns (sire is horned, dam is polled). May carry moorit and spotting. A very sweet little boy who has grown well on pasture! Born 4/23/12; sire is DL 890Y (Drangey, my Grabotni son); dam is DL 704W (Fjalla).
BEL 419Z (MALMEY), a black-gray single horned ram. Gorgious fleece! Born 5/25/12; sire is Bjalki (AI); dam is DL 370T (Grimsey).
BEL 420Z (SNÓTAR) is a white single ram.. Really striking little boy with great horns and amazing long shiny fleece. Born 4/26/12; sire is Ylur (AI); dam is DL 638U (Jökull).
BEL 429Z (KOTA), a spotted black twin ram lamb (brother of Kistu, below). A few wisps of white, otherwise almost identical. Born 5/8/12; sire is Rektor (AI); dam is DL 653W (Thoris).
BEL 430Z (KISTU) is a black twin ram lamb, brother of Kota, and almost identical. Must carry moorit and spotting. Born 5/8/12; weight 7 lb 6 oz. AI sire is Rektor; dam is DL 653W (Thoris).
HELGA (BEL 431Z) is a sweet spotted black mouflon ewe twin, sister of Sulur (below). Long soft fleece, and non-stop cute! Born 4/19/12; sire is Aladin (AI); dam is BLW 941S (Krafla).
BEL 432Z (SÚLUR) is a black spotted mouflon ram lamb twin, brother of Helga. A fine little boy! Born 4/19/12; sire is Aladin (AI); dam is BLW 941S (Krafla).
BEL 433Z (BLAULA) is a white polled twin ewe, sister of Silfur (below). A beautiful fast-growing girl with a long silky fleece. She is absolutely amazing! Born 5/26/12; sire is Vodvi (AI); dam is DL 370T (Grimsey).
BEL 434Z (SILFRA) is a stunning spotted gray polled ewe, sister of Baula. A real cutie! Sturdy, but with a real feminine look to her, and an amazing fleece. Born 5/26/12; sire is Vodvi (AI); dam is DL 370T (Grimsey).
BEL 435Z (GLYMUR) is a single white ram lamb. A really chunky little guy – really study, with a tight curly fleece. Born 5/27/12; sire is BEL 309Y (Mikla, my Keivkur son) and dam is DL 704W (Fjalla).
BEL 437Z (SKOGA) is a white horned ewe twin, sister of Detti (below). A really sweet dainty girl with a brilliant white fleece. Born 6/14/12; sire is BEL 309Y (Mikla, my Keivkur son); dam is INGL 025U (Ultra).
BEL 436Z (DETTI) is a black ram lamb twin, brother of Skoga (above). Growing very nicely with a beautiful fleece! Born 6/14/12; sire is BEL 309Y (Mikla, my Keivkur son); dam is INGL 025U (Ultra).
A ram year for the Shetlands, too, but not as "lopsided" as with my Icelandics. But WOW - the variation of these fleeces is amazing! All are spotted, but varying from almost solid to all types of "flashy" coats. Sometimes I think my favorites are the HST (I have both black and moorit this year!), but then there's my amazing katmoget. And the fleckets. And the ones that are solid except for amazing facial markings. I'm also very pleased with the fleeces this year. I'm partial to the ones that are somewhere between the "kindly" and the "primitive" as they are more versatile. At least that's my opinion.
SO...HERE THEY ARE. You can find more details and pictures on my website: www.trinityfarm.net
A black sponget ram twin, brother of Harris (below). A striking little guy with wide horns, and a masked “Zorro” face. Fleece will mature to a steel gray, long and primitive with a slight crimp. Born 4/16/12. Sire is Twin Springs Forvik (emsket); dam is Twin Springs Bernera.
A moorit sponget ram twin. Brother of Lewis, and with an equally amazing face.. His fleece is very interesting – underneath the moorit tips, it is dark gray mixed with dark brown, not like the typical musket. He may also carry the modifier from her sire, although it is not showing at this point. Her mother had this coloration pattern as a lamb as well, and her morrit lambs also have all had this patterning.. His mature fleece will be on the primitive side of intermediate, with moderate crimp. Nice wide horns. Born 4/16/12. Sire is Twin Springs Forvik (emsket); dam is Twin Springs Bernera.
A black smirslet bielset sokket (HST) twin ram, brother of Tronda (below). Fleece is of the kindly type, short with high crimp. May carry moorit and the modifier from his sire. Born 4/17/12. Sire is Windswept Boron (moorit flecket); dam is Whispering Pines Lilac (black smirslet sokket).
A black yuglet flecket twin ewe, sister of Stour. A really lively little girl who was very small at birth, but has caught up wonderfully. Her fleece is on the primitive side of intermediate, very white and very black. Born 4/17/12. Sire is Windswept Boron (moorit flecket); dam is Whispering Pines Lilac (black smirslet sokket).
Gray yuglet flecket twin ram, brother of Flada (below). His fleece is a primitive type with moderate crimp, very long, silky and black! Wide horns. Born 4/19/12. Sire is Windswept Boron (moorit flecket); dam is Whispering Pines Myrtle (gray flecket).
A striking moorit yuglet flecket twin ewe, sister of Holm. Her fleece is s nice chocolate brown under the sun-bleached tips, on the primitive side of intermediate as it is long with low to moderate crimp. Born 4/19/12. Sire is Windswept Boron (moorit flecket); dam is Whispering Pines Myrtle (gray flecket).
A black katmoget twin ram, brother of Stane (below). He has a kindly oatmeal colored fleece, very soft. Born 4/21/12. Sire is Windswept Boron (moorit flecket); dam is Twin Springs Foula (katmoget).
A gray blettet sponget twin ram. It looks like his mature fleece will be a lovely pewter gray, intermediate and very soft. Horns look excellent. Born 4/21/12. Sire is Windswept Boron (moorit flecket); dam is Twin Springs Foula (katmoget)
A moorit flecket twin ram, brother of Rubba (see below). He is almost a caped flecket – like a caped flecket with a white cap. He has a terrific soft kinkly fleece, and really wide horns. Born 4/25/12. Sire is Windswept Boron (moorit flecket); dam is Twin Springs Hirta (gray caped flecket).
A gray yuglet flecket twin ram, brother of Orseval. A wonderfully long soft, brilliant white fleece. Good horns. Born 4/25/12. Sire is Windswept Boron (moorit flecket); dam is Twin Springs Hirta (gray caped flecket).
A moorit krunet twin ram, brother of Galti (below). His fleece is a warm brown on the kindly side of intermediate, with a nice crimp. Nice wide horns. Born 4/26/12. Sire is Twin Springs Forvik (emsket); dam is Minwawe Seraphim (musket flecket).
A gray sponget ewe twin, sister of Scambro. She looks like her older sister Fetlar, and will probably have the same wonderfully soft crimpy fleece. Must carry moorit, may carry modifier. Born 4/26/12. Sire is Twin Springs Forvik (emsket); dam is Minwawe Seraphim (musket flecket).
A moorit smirslet bielst sokket twin ram, brother of Lingey (below). His fleece will be intermediate and crimpy, and is a wonderful dark chocolate under the sunbleached tips. Born 4/28/12. Sire is Windswept Boron (moorit flecket), dam is Bellwether Fetlar (gray flecket).
A moorit yuglet ewe twin with an amazing face, sister of Fludir. Her fleece is long, silky, and a brilliant white. Born 4/28/12. Sire is Windswept Boron (moorit flecket), dam is Bellwether Fetlar (gray flecket).
A moorit krunet (rather small spot) single ram. The fleece is a warm brown on the kindly side of intermediate, with a nice crimp. Good wide horns. Born 4/30/12. Sire is Bellwether Noup (black katmoget); dam is Bellwether Boreray (moorit HST).
A black – very black – blettet twin ewe. A striking looking little girl! Hesti’s fleece is intermediate and very soft! Born 4/30/12. Sire is Bellwether Croga (black blettet); dam is Bellwether Gaada (gray).
A black krunet single ewe. Fleece is black, black, black. A striking looking and very active little girl! Scalla’s fleece is of the kindly type – fairly short with high crimp. Born 5/3/12. Sire is Bellwether Croga (black blettet); dam is Bellwether Mousa (black blettet).
A musket krunet single ewe. A wonderfully soft deep moorit fleece, on the primitive side of intermediate. Born 5/6/11. Sire is Twin Springs Forvik (emsket); dam is Bellwether Soay (moorit HST).
Friday, March 9, 2012
Yikes! Where has the time gone? Maple syrup time is here and lambing around the corner.
I’m very excited this year about the prospects for both the Icelandic and Shetland lambs. Breeding season was quite extended this year – which means that lambing will be too -- but I think it was well worth it. Most of my Icelandic ewes are bred to AI sires, with several others bred to F1 AI farm rams. So there will be lots of new genetics entering the flock. I’ve posted my “who is bred to whom” list, which you can below.
I mixed up things with my Shetlands, with new breeding match-ups for many of the ewes, and some old pairings because I really liked what they produced. This year, I also used two of my ram lambs for breeding, which should add some interesting possibilities! You can check out the possibilities on my “who is bred to whom.” list.
Think you might like one of our spectacular lambs? If you are planning to add to your flock or start a new flock, I am accepting “lamb reservations.” Reservations of $100/lamb are taken in order of receipt, and this reserves you a place (or places) in line to choose from the “available lambs list” once they’ve had an evaluation. If you wish to take advantage of this, please be sure to specify what you are interested in: Horned Icelandic, Polled Icelandic, or Shetland. If we do not have a lamb that meets your requirements, your deposit will be promptly refunded, if you choose, or it can be held for the following year (in which case you would likely be closer to the top of the list). Questions? Please email or call!
Ylur (AI sire) x Jökull
Ylur is homozygous white; Jökull may be as well.
F1 AI lambs will be white. Will carry black and possibly moorit and spotting.
Bjalki (AI sire) x Vatna
Bjalki is genetically white, carrying black, solid, possibly spotting, but not moorit. Vatna is a black-gray, carrying solid, moorit, but not spotting.
F1 AI lambs will be solid black, black-gray or white, and may carry moorit.
Rektor (AI sire) x Thoris
Rektor is a spotted black, while Thoris is solid moorit.
F1 AI lambs will be solid black and must carry moorit and spotting.
Blettur (AI sire) x Torfa
Blettur is a spotted black gray carrying solid and perhaps moorit and Torfa is a solid moorit gray, carrying solid and perhaps spots!
F1 AI lambs will be black, moorit, black-gray or moorit-gray; all must carry spots.
Mikla (F1 AI) x Fjalla
Mikla is genetically white, and carries black, moorit and solid, but no spotting. Fjalla is a black badger, carrying solid and perhaps moorit and spotting.
Lambs will most likely be white, black badger, or solid black, and may carry spotting and moorit.
Mikla (F1 AI) x Ultra
Mikla is genetically white, and carries black, moorit and solid, but no spotting. Ultra is solid black, carrying moorit and possibly spotting.
Lambs will be white, solid black, or solid moorit.
Drangey (F1 AI) x Tara
Drangey is black gray, carrying solid and possibly moorit and spotting. Tara is moorit mouflon, carrying solid and spotting.
Lambs most likely will be black, black-gray, or black-mouflon; and must carry moorit and possibly spotting.
Geri ( AI sire) x Katla
Geri is spotted moorit and Katla is spotted black.
F1 AI lambs will be black spotted, and must carry moorit.
Loftur (AI sire) x Fönn
Loftur is spotted black and Fönn is genetically white, carrying black, and possibly spotting.
F1 AI lambs will be white or black spotted. Must carry black and spotting.
Aladin (AI Sire) x Hekla
Aladin is spotted black, carrying moorit, and Hekla is a spotted black badger., possibly carrying moorit.
F1 AI lambs will be spotted; may be black, moorit, black-badger or moorit-badger. Black lambs may carry moorit.
Aladin (AI Sire) x Krafla
Aladin is spotted black, carrying moorit, and Krafla is a black-gray mouflon, carrying spotting and possibly moorit.
F1 AI lambs may be black or moorit, and either gray or mouflon, and may be spotted.
Skrauti (AI sire) x Eyja
Skrauti is spotted moorit, and Eyja is a gray badger, carrying spotting and possibly moorit.
F1 AI lambs will be gray or gray-badger; may be either black or moorit. Must carry spots.
Vodvi (AI sire) x Grimsey
Vodvi is genetically white, and carries moorit and spotting, Grimsey is a black gray, carrying solid, moorit and spotting
F1 AI lambs may be moorit or black; pattern may be white, gray or solid; also may be spotted.
Brandur x Hani
Brandur is a spotted black-gray badger, and Hani is moorit, carrying spotting.
Lambs will be black-gray or black badger, and may be spotted. Must carry moorit.
And then there’s Laki, my AI leader girl. She didn’t want anything to do with the boys…but now it looks like she had a secret tryst. Well, there are only a couple possibilities, and if there really are lambs, the color and pattern will be a dead give-away!
I set up 4 breeding groups this year, listed below:
**Boron – my spotted moorit ram.:
x Lilac A new pairing for this black smirslet this year – eager to see if I get the flashy lambs Boron tends to sire.
x Hirta This cross with my gray caped flecket last year gave me a moorit caped flecket ram and a beautiful moorit yuglet ewe. Hoping for more of the same!
x Fetlar A light gray girl carrying moorit. I loved what Boron and Fetlar produced last year – friendly and gorgeous black and moorit ewe lambs!
x Foula A new pairing for this gray katmoget. Her lambs will carry moorit from the sire. Would love eventually to get a moorit katmoget!.
x Myrtle A new pairing for this black gray yuglet who carries moorit
**Forvik -- my emsket krunet ram
x Soay The first lambing for this ultra friendly moorit yublet girl – could get flashy black or moorit.
x Bernera - A fleece best described as moorit banded. I loved Bernera’s top-notch black and moorit lambs from this cross last year! Hoping for a repeat!
x Kilda – A new pairing for Kilda, a moorit smirslet, as she’s had 2 sets of twins (3 are HST) sired by Boron. Now she may produce some flashy black!
x Seraphim is a musket yuglet with a fleece like butter, which she passes down to all her offspring! I really liked this pairing made several years ago. Not as flashy, but oh-the fleece!
**Noup – a black katmoget ram lamb who carries moorit
x Boreray - a first-timer, and am anxioius to see what this ultra-friendly moorit krunet produces!
**Croga – a black blettet ram lamb. These two pairings are line-breeding to retain a high percentage of Forvik’s genetics.
x Gaada – a spotted gray ewe. The fleece on her lambs should be outstanding.
x Mousa – a black blettet with a “kindly” fleece. Two non-fading blacks as parents! WOW!