We had two single ram lambs born this week. Both were 12 pounds at birth and have a Texel father and the same Icelandic grandfather. They are also very different. “Snowman” born 4/14 was born on clean straw and received a little help coming out since I wanted to go to bed and Fern seemed to be at a standstill with some feet sticking out. Snowman’s mother, Fern is half Icelandic and the other half is longwool background. He has amazingly beautifully white curly fleece – almost glowing with opalescent whiteness. He really resembles his longwool heritage in wool quality, but has the basic Texel look. I am really eager to see how his wool looks as he grows.
“Mud” on the other hand, was born 4/16 outside next to our hay feeder and covered in ugly yellow stuff and mud. I saw him when I got home from work and carried him into the barn in my dry clean only pants very carefully. His mother, Friday, following with loving concern. His wool is hairy looking and longish. Friday’s mother is 75% Texel and ¼ Finn and Friday grows a very long, Icelandic looking coat, but has a big build like her mother. Mud has the short tail and shaggy coat of the Icelandic, but the face, coloring and chunky build of a Texel.