Sunday, November 15, 2015

Ewe-A-Day - Whispering Pines Genoa

Genoa is another example of a fantastic Shetland with a great handling higher microning fleece. Both she and her son Stonehenge have wonderful fleeces that I would love to have more of. They beg you to sink your hands in them. Genoa is also four years old. She is also an interesting story. She is out of an F1 Heights Orion daughter who was white. We bred that ewe to Pompey to get Genoa. I knew we had something special immediately. Her color and markings were unique. Katmogets come in many styles and she was one that I had not seen before. He son Stonehenge was the same way, as was his daughter, Rossanna. It’s a look I am trying to reproduce as much as possible. When all is said and done, I think Genoa will have the greatest impact on our flock of any Shetland we have owned except maybe Pearl. So, when you look at Mr. Darcy, you see the possibilities created by combining those genetics like we did. Her fleece stats are almost meaningless, but here they are: 27.5/4.2/15.2/6.5/25.6.

If you scan these pages, you will notice her average is the highest in our flock. But the SF is still excellent for a four year old Shetland. We have had average microns like this in the past on sheep that we just didn't care for at all. That's why the low SD and SF are of such importance. 

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