Fall-born breeding stock is the focus at the farm. Ewes and rams flush on spring pasture; rams meet the ewes in May; lambs are on the ground in October; weaning in January. We select replacement animals, save a few favorites to show as yearlings; some of these are then for sale. In 2017 we will have for sale some very special lambs, sired through AI from champion New Zealand natural colored, and Australian white rams.
At eight months of age (as of February), they are looking mighty fine. In the sale sheep, ram colors are silver and black (moorit carriers); ewe lambs are silver and black. These lambs were born Sept. 30-Oct. 5, 2016.
Here is an image of the sire of these natural colored Merinos.
Note: accuracy in the fleece colors with a phone is tricky; I can send samples if you wish.
Ram lambs available currently (as of June 12, 2017):
1264 Ari. Triplet. His dam is moorit (genetically brown, a double-recessive gene), so he is a moorit carrier. With triplets, you are coming up against Mother Nature when it comes to how many wool follicles can be produced per lamb in utero, which is why it is so impressive to see this amount of density, staple length and superb lock formation in this lamb. He is a little smaller framed at this point; my guess is that he will not be among the largest rams at maturity. But he’s getting there. Micron 21.5, spinning fineness 20.5, comfort factor 97.8.
1269 Galway. Twin. Polled moorit ram lamb, DoB November 1, 2016. Micron 19.9, spinning fineness 18.7, comfort factor 99.6. (Image to come.)
Ewe lamb available currently (as of July 14, 2017):
1267 Anika. Triplet. She is a black ewe out of a moorit ewe, so again, a moorit carrier. Sister to ram 1264. And like him, incredible staple length and density for a triplet. The fleece image appears much lighter than it actually is. Micron 20.6, spinning fineness 19.4 micron, comfort factor 99.2.