How on earth could I resist this hot bundle of loudly painted, polled raminess when I saw him advertised for sale? A dream come true! He's a grey kat underneath the shiny chrome! His scurs are very short and narrow.
Not only does he have unusual color, he has the fleece and conformation that I'm looking for, and he gives me yet another unrelated ram bloodline to keep my flock from becoming inbred as I work towards polled.
So... introducing Sommerang Eragon!
Lori Stephenson is the breeder who deserves a nod for bringing this gem into the world. (Her flock is exceptional, I've visited it in person.)
I also owe a big thanks to Maureen Koch for bringing Eragon down to me at the AI session in Marseilles this past weekend.
The session itself was fascinating. It was an excellent learning experience, and I had a great time visiting with everyone.
As much as I'm tempted to, I probably won't use Eragon this year. I'll rotate him in next year.
Now I have nine rams for 20 ewes. I have Dillon, Holly, and several different Dailley bloodlines that carry the polled gene, to mix and match.
And I have a big smile.