Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Ewe-A-Day - Whispering Pines Sherrie

Sherrie is another Stonehenge daughter that we are high on. Her mother is Blue Sapphire. Her fleece stats are: 22.9/4/17.3/7/21.6.
I think when you get your standard deviations down to 4.0, you are doing well. As with most of our fawn katmogets, I wish she was a different color, but when you get superb fleeces like this, you have to be happy regardless.
As with all of our sheep, however, I tend to get most excited about their genetics and what they might produce. Our yearlings just have several generations of fleeces that we really like. That increases the odds of getting really nice sheep. Having spent years breeding decent fleeces out of average or below average fleeces, I eventually came to realize that throwbacks are common place with Shetlands. The odds are much improved when you have three generations of genetics in a sheep's pedigree that meet our standards. That way, even if they throw back, it's to something really nice. Five generations would be better, but I don't think we have anything like that yet.
Here is her lamb picture:

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