I've got a few new boys coming this way, as well!
I am very fortunate to have the wonderful rams I have. They came from flocks that are breeding for the very highest quality horned Shetland stock, and "oops" there happened a polled ram or two. Because these are conscientious breeders, they were good rams. And Juliann was there to snap them up.
Most of these rams just happened to be katmoget, which is a dominant pattern. And all those katmogets went on to produce more katmogets. So now I've got a bunch of katmoget.
Moorits used to bore me to tears, but now I found myself in the position of trying to find some good quality polled ones.
This fellow is coming all the way from Maryland. Gail Former will be transporting him from the NASSA AGM for me. Thank you Gail!
This is Fox Meadow Sheamus, from Fox River Croft. He is already a year old, which I really like because now I have a better idea of what kind of ram he will be, opposed to buying a little ram lamb. I am pretty leery of buying sheep over the internet. I requested photos of Sheamus from several different angles, then asked for a fleece sample on top of it.
Once I got this guy's fleece sample in the mail, I swooned with delight. I said to myself "okay, I have to have this ram!" Super soft and crimpy! Right up my alley.
This little shaver is from Kristi's Harvest tyme flock in Ohio. At two months old, he has such little scur growth that I think he'll "stay polled". Looks like he carries spots (yum!), and a rear photo showed straight hind legs and a workable tail. His bite is even, and his testes are coming down. I am a sucker for a pretty Shetland head.
I'm happy to support a new polled breeder by giving the little fellow a shot here at Little Country. I won't use him this fall, and like to give him some grow time and get a micron count on him before deciding who to pair him with.
Polled little noggin.
I'm thinking that breeding 15 or 16 ewes a year is my "sweet spot". Lambing was a breeze this year compared to last year, even with the Octomom.
Having lots of potential flock sires isn't a necessity for a small flock, but I can rest assured of having a lower coefficient of inbreeding by maintaining a wider genetic base due to keeping a healthy sized pool of polled rams.
I'll have sheep to retain every year, can still cull reasonably heavily, and have a few nice sheep to offer for sale every year.