Going into2011 we have 9 adult Icelandic ewes and 6 2010 ewe lambs.
Socks is a 2004 black mouflon patterned ewe with spotting. She is a protective and effective Mother (Pictured above with her 2009 ewe twins)
Socks is our dominant ewe.
- She is a tall, proud ewe who looks you in the eye. She has no known leadersheep genetics , and is less a “leader” and more a “boss” anyway.
- She protects her lambs if she thinks they are in danger. She attacked a raccoon in our pasture once and chases our dogs, and bosses the rams and other ewes whenever she can.
- She passes on her confidence and good mothering abilities to her daughters.
- HNYKLL, the AI sire, is in Socks’ background and she has produced “frosted mouflon” lambs. She contributes the mouflon pattern, spotting and black color genetics to her lambs and her black is only fading slightly over time – as she ages, she now has some white tog.
- Socks has had twins every year but her yearling year – she had a single.(1, 2, 2, 2. 2)
Tansy is our other 2004 ewe. She is polled white with red on her legs and face from Phao pigmenting. She is the least comfortable around people of my Icelandic ewes and can act a bit nervous at times. She has nice soft fleece with more thel than tog and is a good mother now that she’s older. Her nervous behavior used to be a problem. (0,1,2,1, 2) Her 2009 ram lamb last year was large and a beautiful black gray with flashing. Last year, she had a white horned ram and a polled moorit/gray ewe lamb – Cocoa.
Rose is Sock’s daughter by Jake in 2006. She is black badgerfaced/mouflon and may carry spotting, but hasn’t produced it yet. She had a single ram her first year and ram twins her second year. For 2010, she had twin ewe. (1, 2, 2)
Modi is a moorit solid ewe I got from Wisconsin. She’s about 5 years old now. She is a nice chunky ewe with award winning wool (Great Lakes wool show) a good mother with a calm attitude. She didn’t lamb her first year, lost her single to e coli the second year and the last two years has had healthy twins. (0,1,2,2)
Silvia is a black ewe I bought from Colleen Schmitt the fall of 2008. She is solid black and carries moorit and is a petite ewe, but seems to have better than average parasite resistance and her daughter Chloey also does. They also have nice soft wool with more soft then than tog. Chloey is black gray with really wide sweeping horns. Both are on the smaller and less friendly side but getting better over time.
Andromeda also came from Colleen Schmitt, but she’s a very forward and friendly sheep. My daughter used her as her 4H project because she walks so well on a lead, but she didn’t like the fair and Jade had hard time with her. She had twin rams her yearling year.
Brigetta is a yearling we got from Janet Cook 2009. She has a wonderfully friendly and currious temperament, almost pushy, but in a nice way. She lost her very large ewe lamb in 2010 because of a diffulty birth so we are looking forward to her lambs this year.
Last fall, I bought a new yearling from Barbara Webb. She is white with wonderful flowing fleece. She has an impressive AI background and a meaty build. She has fit nicely into our flock and has a sweet and curious attitude. She is scurred.
Our 2010 ewe lambs:
We ended up keeping quite a few ewe lambs last year. All but one have been exposed to our new moorit ram Tucker and we’ll see if they lamb, but will probably be later than the mature ewes.
Amelia is the lamb we kept out of Socks. Her father is Grizz. She and her sister were probably our largest ewe lambs last year. I took Amelia to the Icelandic AGM in Michigan and she won third place in her lamb class.
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