Monday, May 21, 2018

New Sheep and Sales

So, yesterday, I picked up some sheep from Tim Slocum. The first, is Shaltz Farm Ragnar. Tim purchased Ragnar last year when Zack Shaltz dispersed his flock, and I was able to get Ragnar from Tim when Tim decided to disperse his flock. Ragnar is out of my ram, Shaltz Farm Farm Rex, and Rex's dam (mother-son breeding), as well as multiple other close breedings back on Lugthart Fameflower, Shaltz Farm Daring, and El-Jireh's Bella. As is the case with Rex, fifty percent of Ragnar's genetics come from El-Jireh's Bella, who was chip scurred/ carrier for p' (horned in both sexes).

I have some of these lines already in my flock, as Kurt, Ragnar's grandfather/great-grandfather is a twin to Shaltz Farm Katie (chip scurred), who produced Korsvejgaard Lucille (also chip scurred). Lucille produced multiple sires for my flock over the years and is definitely my favorite ewe I've ever produced. Lucille is Royal's grandmother, and we are retaining two lambs from Royal to put to Ragnar this year. Additionally, we also have Catherine (scurred), who is a granddaughter/great-granddaughter to Lucille and will be retained as well. One of the ewe lambs we are retaining is out of Royal and Catherine, so it will be interesting to see what these pairings produce.

Ragnar has great horns that are well away from his perfect dish face, and a soft and wavy-crimped fleece. He has a short, fluked tail like Rex which is what I need (some of my lines are getting long-ish tails). The only thing I would fault him on is his front legs are slightly hocked/close, but Rex had the same issue as a yearling, and they became better with age. All in all, I'm very excited.

The next sheep up is Windswept Grenache, whose background I spoke more about in a previous post. She's a very sturdy ewe, with small little ears and a short tail (yay!). Her fleece is not as soft as I expected, but still pretty nice.

This is her lamb out of Korsvejgaard Ansel (Korsvejgaard Rambo x Farview Farm Angelina). I love her bold facial markings. She was sold to Jennifer Neitzke.

Also sold yesterday, were Korsvejgaard Adele (Korsvejgaard Royal x Farview Farm Angelina) and Korsvejgaard Petrushka. Adele went to Jessica Williams in Alma, MI. I had not originally planned on selling Petrushka, but Jennie was going to buy Korsvejgaard Atlas (Adele's twin), but sometime between last weekend and this weekend, something bit off (?) half his tail. I'm happy Petrushka went to a breeding flock, though. I was really unsure what I was going to do with him, as I only want one ram on the farm this fall. So, this actually worked out well. Petrushka is all-around, a better ram, aside from having slower growing horns than the other ram lambs.

In other news, Rex will be going to Kate's on June 5th.

Right now, the breeding flock for fall looks as follows (unless any other additions):
Shaltz Farm Ragnar (Shaltz Farm Rex x Shaltz Farm Opal) Awt/Aa

1. Windswept Grenache (Bramble Higgins x Sheltering Pines Byzantium AI) At/A(At or Aa) 5yr old
2. Hillside Princess (Petite Acres Gavin x Sheltering Pines Kristine) Aa/Aa 4yr old
3. Hillside Julia's Elaine "Empress" (Sheepshed Coyle x Hillside Kristine's Julia) Aa/Aa 3yr old
4. Korsvejgaard Catherine (Korsvejgaard Lucid Dream x Sheltering Pines Kristine) Ab/Aa Yearling
5. Korsvejgaard Camille (Korsvejgaard Royal x Korsvejgaard Catherine) Ab/(Ab or Aa) Lamb
6. Korsvejgaard Bernice (Korsvejgaard Royal x Underhill Bridget) Ab/At Lamb

Friday, May 4, 2018

What's happening?

Lambing is always my favorite time of year, but also the most agonizing. I'm definitely a sufferer of "lamb-xiety", always worrying over whether my hopes behind each pairing will turn out, and what gender each will be, and who I'll cull or retain.

This year, despite mishaps during breeding season, leaving Artemis' ewe lamb with an unknown sire, and Royal siring all the others, everything seemed to have gone decently well.

Princess - Twin Rams, Percival and Petrushka
Angelina - Mixed Gender Twins, Atlas and Aria
Bridget - Twin Ewes, Beatrix and Bernice
Artemis - Mix Gender Twins (ram died overnight), Aria
Kristine - Twin Rams, Kaiser and Koenig
Catherine - Single Ewe, Camille

I'd really hoped for another ewe lamb from Kristine, but I do already have two ewes from her in the flock.

Angelina, Bridget, Kristine, and Artemis are going to be retired from breeding, so that leaves a bit of room to fill.

Hillside Princess and Korsvejgaard Catherine, my Kristine daughters, will be staying for another year. Princess produced one very nice ram, Petrushka, who I plan to use for breeding in the fall. Catherine produced a stunning ewe lamb, who is everything I expected the pairing would produce.

One of Bridget's ewe lambs, Bernice, a black-based gulmoget/katmoget, is the only ewe lamb with horn buds so far. She's a definite keeper, and takes after Royal a bit more. Her twin, Beatrix, a moorit katmoget, is nice, conformationally, and takes after Bridget (smaller, more compact, and woolier cheeks), but sadly, doesn't have a great fleece and no sign of horn buds yet. I'm considering selling Beatrix, though she should be a p' carrier.

For Angelina's ewe lamb, Adele, I'd hoped for a sheala or emsket (I'd originally put Angelina with Rex), but got a black-based spotted katmoget. Could I work with it? Certainly. I've used Angelina since 2008....but, would it be worth it? Angelina has produced one super nice ewe for me, out of Wintertime Moth, but no other ewe lambs of hers have looked like they would be better than her. If Royal carried p', it's possible Adele could, but the chance isn't high. Angelina's pedigree is actually loaded with Dayspring Jacobson, a ram known for producing a lot of the spotted sheep in the US, who is also out of Dailley Bluebonnet, a horned ewe. I highly suspect that Jacobson carried p' from Bluebonnet, but that theory is from cases where no other known carriers were present. Angelina also has Rarebriar and Nonesuch lines, known for horned ewes, but I've never gotten any horned ewes from her. Oh well. It's the same debate that's wracked my brain each year, when trying to decide whether or not to sell Angelina. Unfortunately, at this point, Angelina is too old and scrawny for another breeding. That's the sad thing I dislike about selective breeding - when you're not making any improvement on the parents, you've lost something you wished to continue. It almost feels like mourning.

For additions this year, I have some already in mind:

The first addition is Windswept Grenache. I don't have a picture of her yet, but check out her pedigree:

I consider myself a bit of collector of lines. I love finding animals that are out of sheep that were older, and out of flocks that were well known, during their time, for producing good animals. Grenache is like a prefix jackpot. Her sire, Higgins, is out of the Bramble flock, a flock that produced a lot of well-structured and finer fleeced animals. Higgins, himself, has a few proponent sheep in his pedigree. V Creek Tank AI is the ram who produced Wintertime Black Forrest, and Walnut Rise Trevor (F1 Greyling), who produced Bramble Nick. Higgins' pedigree is loaded with AI lines and prominent lines.

Bramble Higgins:
Bramble Higgins

Bramble Higgins

For Grenache's dam, Byzantium AI, not only is she an F1 Dillon, but she is also out of Lugthart Goldthread. For those who know me, you know that I have an affinity for Lugthart lines, Lugthart being another prominent early flock. Byzantium's twin is Sheltering Pines Justinian AI, a half-polled gulmoget ram who was proponent gulmoget ram prior to Wintertime Black Forrest.
Sheltering Pines Byzantium AI:

Sheltering Pines Byzantium AI

Sheltering Pines Byzantium AI

I'm very excited to be able to see how Grenache's lines will work into my flock. Greanche may carry polled, but I'm not 100%  certain she does.

That's all for now,

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sales List 2018 (Tenative)

Adult Ewes:

Korsvejgaard Catherine (Korsvejgaard Lucid Dream x Sheltering Pines Kristine)
Fawn Katmoget
Scurred, carries polled
Pending Lambs

Retiree ewes (to approved non-breeding homes only):

Farview Farm Angelina (Sheltering Pines Darius x Sheltering Pines Gwenhwyfach)
10 Year Old
Smirslet Shaela 100% Dailley
$50 must be sold with another retiree - Will be available after weaning lamb(s)

Underhill Bridget (Underhill Gulliver AI x Shepherdwoods Tara)
11 Year Old
Mioget Gulmoget
$50 must be sold with another retiree - Will be available after weaning lamb(s).
Spoken for, if I do decide to sell.

Grace Farm Artemis (Underhill Hepburn x Grace Farm Mariah
11 Year Old
Warm Black
$50 must be sold with another retiree- Will be available after weaning lamb(s).

Sheltering Pines Kristine (Underhill Thelonius Monk x Sheltering Pines Catherine)
11 Year Old
Moorit Yuglet Flecket
$50 must be sold with another retiree - Will be available after weaning lamb(s).

Ewe Lambs:

Adult Rams (pending lambs):
Korsvejgaard Royal (Korsvejgaard Luminous x Sheltering Pines Kristine)
Coming 2 Year Old
Grey Katmoget Smirslet
$150.00 - Pending lamb results

Shaltz Farm Rex (Sheltz Farm Kurt x Shaltz Farm Opal
Coming 2 Year Old
Warm Black, Moonspot
$150.00 - Pending lamb results

Ram Lambs:



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Two Additions

Picked up two new ewes today (Sunday, 9-17). These two come from Leslie Hildebrandt and Terrie Robbie of Grace Farms, in Shepherd, MI.  Both of these ewes are ten years old and are half-siblings out of the same ram, Underhill Hepburn AI. Hepburn is an F1 out of Enfield Greyling and Nonesuch BL 45. The Nonesuch lines have shown up in pedigrees of numerous horned ewes.

Grace Farm Artemis, the warm black ewe, is horned and is out of Winter Sky Mariah, a moorit horned ewe coming down from Rarebriar lines. Artemis has a coarse, primitive fleece, but hopefully being paired with Royal this once will throw a lamb with a better fleece.
Artemis' Genotype: Aa/Aa BB/Bb SS/S? MM/Mm p'/? (p or p')

Grace Farm Hera, the black katmoget, is hornless and has no horn chips on her skull. She has horned ewe and polled ram genetics in her background, but my guess is that she is p/p. She has Campaign Timothy and Greenholme Holly in her pedigree in addition to Enfeild Greyling, and the impact is clearly evident. I wished I'd own her 3 or 4 years ago and had put her to Wintertime Blues, as that would have produced some super consistent lamb fleeces. Hera's fleece is a tiny bit coarse to the touch, but I can't get over the consistency.
Hera's Genotype: Ab/Aa BB/Bb SS/Ss MM/M? p/p

Both of these ewes have very nice toplines and hindsets, and that makes me really happy. If their lamb fleeces aren't stellar, at least there's hope for the lambs' conformation. They are only to be used once for breeding and then retired, as requested by their breeder. So, they will be added to Royal's group.

So here's Royal's group in total:
Korsvejgaard Royal (Korsvejgaard Luminous x Sheltering Pines Kristine)
Ab/Aa BB/Bb SS/Ss MM/Mm p/p or p/p'

1. Sheltering Pines Kristine (Underhill Thelonius Monk x Sheltering Pines Catherine)
Aa/Aa Bb/Bb Ss/Ss MM/M? p'/p

2. Korsvejgaard Catherine (Korsvejgaard Lucid Dream x Sheltering Pines Kristine)
Ab/Aa Bb/Bb SS/Ss M?/Mm p'/? (P or p)

3. Hillside Princess (Petite Acres Gavin x Sheltering Pines Kristine)
Aa/Aa Bb/Bb Ss/Ss M?/Mm p'/p'

4. Grace Farm Artemis (Underhill Hepburn AI x Winter Sky Mariah)
Aa/Aa BB/Bb SS/S? MM/Mm p'/? (p or p')

5. Grace Farm Hera (Underhill Hepburn AI x Grace Farm Iris)
Ab/Aa BB/Bb SS/Ss MM/M? p/p

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

List of Known Pattern Mutations (Spontaneous pop-ups) that have occurred in North America

Will update with more as they are brought to light. Plan to add pictures as time permits.

Great Plains Tisket 2003
Parents:  Great Plains Harris Aa/Aa x Great Plains Tulip Ag/Aa or Aa/Aa

Thistledown R'un 2011
Parents: Heart Cross Ramos Ag/Aa x Heart Cross Lola Ag/Aa

Glen Tamarack Ganymede 2015
Parents: Ok Acres Pluto Ab/Aa x Glen Tamarack Tasha Aa/Aa

Welglen Barbara Anne 1993
Parents: Dayspring Glacier Awt/Aa x Dailley Irene Aa/Aa

Sheltering Pines Cedric II 1998
Parents: Hopeful Angus Aa/Aa x Sheltering Pines Saffron Awt/Ag or Awt/Aa

Whistlestop 0237 AI 2002
Kier Gordon Awt/Aa x Whistlestop 0028 Aa/Aa

Under The Son Kurulu Thuda 2016
Parents: Under The Son Machengo Awt/Aa x Under The Son Kjolen Ab/Aa

Regina Laudis Zephyr 1999
Parents: Cabbage Hill Corky Ag/Aa or Ab/Aa x Cabbage Hill Benny Aa/Aa
Note: Potentially not a mutation, but one stemming from original imports. I have questions about pedigree information, and I've yet to see photos of Zephyr, but pictures from the Abbey of Regina Laudis do show katmogets. Additionally, past visits by NASSA members have verified that the Abbey did have katmogets at one point, but the line was not kept.

Sleepy Hollow Hot Toddy 2017
Lil' Country Nightcap Aa/Aa x Sleepy Hollow Maeve Awt/Aa
Note: Maeve's twin, Sleep Hollow Lachlann, is a suspect Sweep ram and is being tested on ewes Fall 2017.


None known at this time.

None known at this time.

None known at this time.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Breeding Groups 2017

This year, lambing was mostly a wash. Of the 14 lambs I had, only 3 were sold to registered flocks and only one was retained. I was not wholly impressed with quality of the lambs this time around, and the polled genes were much too prevalent for my liking. So, this year, I brought in two new rams, as well as parted with as much of my polled lines or non-p' allele lines as possible.

Breeding Group 1

Shaltz Farm Rex (Shaltz Farm Kurt x Shaltz Farm Opal)

Aa/Aa BB/B? (Likely BB) SS/S? M?/Mm p/p'?
     Shaltz Farm Rex was gifted to me this past summer from Shaltz Farm in Boyne City, MI and offers a unique set of genetics. Zack Shaltz, the owner of Shaltz Farm, had operated a closed flock since purchasing Lugthart Fameflower AI, in 2008, from Stephen Rouse.
     Following Fameflower's passing in 2010, Zack used Fame's son, Shaltz Farm Kurt, on the entirety of the flock, each year, until this last fall (for reasons unbeknownst to me), where he, instead, used Rex.
     Rex is not only out of a father-daughter breeding, but Rex's dam, Opal, was out of a half-sibling breeding, as Kurt and Opal's dam, Gloria, share the same dam, El-Jireh's Bella. Bella is a proven horned p' allele carrier, and Kurt was a very likely candidate for being a p' allele carrier. This makes Rex incredibly promising for my p' allele (horns in both sexes) breeding program.
     In addition to this interesting lineage, is the fact that Rex is one of the few rams in the country with a tail male line going back to Enfield Greyling.
     Rex has already proven to be able to produce, having sired all of Zack's lambs this past spring. To my knowledge, all the lambs were black based. So, that's a pretty solid indication that he is homozygous black, which means all the lambs will be black-based.
     Rex is warm-black, Bridget is mioget gulmoget, and Angelina is sheala, so this incidentally became a dilute/modified group as well. I've also just discovered Rex also has moonspotting, so potentially, that could be thrown, too.
     So, without further ado, Rex's ewes:

1. Underhill Bridget (Underhill Gulliver AI x Shepherdwoods Tara)
At/Aa Bb/Bb SS/S? M?/Mm p'/p'

3. Farview Farm Angelina (Sheltering Pines Darius x Sheltering Pines Gwenhwyfach)
Aa/Aa BB/BB SS/Ss MM/Mm p/p


Breeding Group 2

Korsvejgaard Royal (Korsvejgaard Luminous x Sheltering Pines Kristine)
Ab/Aa BB/Bb SS/Ss MM/Mm p/p or p/p'


     Korsvejgaard Royal is a ram out of my own breedings, but which was sold to breeders that live nearby. This year, I had the opportunity to buy him back and jumped at the opportunity. I think of all of Luminous' lambs, Royal was probably the best of any pairing I could have gotten. He has his sire's wonderful medium-wide horns, and his dam's crimpy fleece.
     Being the son of Luminous, whose dam was a button-scurred ewe, Lucille, and the son of a heterozygous horned ewe (Kristine), Royal offers a lot of potential for carrying horned ewe genetics. Two of his ewes are half-siblings, with Catherine additionally being a niece, and Kristine is Royal's dam. So, this a great group in terms of consolidating genetics.
     Royal was born with facial spotting and even still has a tiny spot on his nose, so he is a spot carrier, as are all the ewes he is with. Kristine and Princess are fully spotted, and Catherine was born with a krunet spot that faded.
    Royal is also heterozyous black and heterozygous kamoget, so the lambs he throws (and have thrown already for the O'Meara's) should be very diverse in color display, especially since all of his ewes are moorit-based.
    Now, here are Royal's ewes:  

1. Sheltering Pines Kristine (Underhill Thelonius Monk x Sheltering Pines Catherine)
Aa/Aa Bb/Bb Ss/Ss MM/M? p'/p

2. Korsvejgaard Catherine (Korsvejgaard Lucid Dream x Sheltering Pines Kristine)
Ab/Aa Bb/Bb SS/Ss M?/Mm p'/? (P or p)

3. Hillside Princess (Petite Acres Gavin x Sheltering Pines Kristine)
Aa/Aa Bb/Bb Ss/Ss M?/Mm p'/p'

Friday, July 28, 2017

Urban Farming?

      Back in April, while walking in Island Park (the park right behind my house here in Mt. Pleasant), I spotted this random potato in the grass, looking like it had gone through a few rounds of being DIY Mr. Potato Head. I thought it was odd, and chuckled at the absurdity of stumbling a random potato in the park, but didn't think much of it after that.

      Fast forward two months, and in some woods at the edge of the park, not far from where I found the first potato, I was stalking a feral cat I've been trying to catch (another blog for another day), and I stumbled upon a whole bunch of potatoes. Seeing that they were rooting into the ground and sprouting like crazy, I decided to take them home and plant them in my unused flower boxes. 

The following day, I returned to the woods and found seven more. Then, planted those, too.
 Fun fact: it's incredibly embarrassing trying to act nonchalant as you're walking out of the woods or walking through the park with hand-fulls of potatoes.

     The weekend just after planting, I went to the farm, and picked up a bag of my composted sheep manure (still have some for sale, by the way, just $2 a bag!), and filled the flower boxes up the rest of the way, as they were only about half-full and, half-filled with pea stone.  Well, two weeks later, this is where we're at:

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Flock Make-Up

Proposed p'/p'
Underhill Bridget
Sire: Underhill Gulliver AI: p'/p
Dam: Shepherdwoods Tara:  p'/p

Hillside Princess
Sire: Petite Acres Gavin: p'/p or p/p
Dam: Sheltering Pines Kristine: p'/p

Under The Son Madeline
Sire: Under The Son Brandon: p'/p or p/p
Dam: Glenmore March Marchness: p'/p or p/p

Sheltering Pines Kristine
Sire: Underhill Thelonius Monk: p'/p'
Dam: Sheltering Pines Catherine: p/p or p'/p

Korsvejgaard Catherine
Sire: Korsvejgaard Lucid Dream: P/p
Dam: Sheltering Pines Kristine: p'/p

Korsvejgaard Royal
Sire: Korsvejgaard Luminous: p/P
Dam: Sheltering Pines Kristine: p/p'

Shaltz Farm Rex
Sire: Shaltz Farm Kurt: p/p'  or p/p
Dam: Shaltz Farm Opal: p/p' or p/p

Farview Farm Angelina
Sire: Sheltering Pines Darius: p/p
Sheletering Pines Gwenhwyfach: p/p

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lambing Summary

I had posted the list of lambs earlier, and frequently post pictures on the Korsvejgaard Facebook page, but I thought I would take a quick minute to summarize lambing this year.

Overall, it was an odd lambing year. I had added 4 new ewes to the flock last summer, and used two unproven rams, so I suppose some surprises are to be expected. I had one lamb born with droopy ears and an underbite. The ears later corrected, but the underbite did not. She was given away to a new home. Numerous lambs this year had problems finding the teats. We had two reject lambs, one was born half the size of it's twin- two hours after it's twin- then died of pneumonia a few days after being born. The other was born to a high-strung first time mom who clearly only wanted to take care of one lamb (it would butt the reject lamb repeatedly). That one was given away as well. Bella's twin rams were born looking the same size, but one is growing twice as fast as it's twin. The smaller one went through some odd conformation phases, but is finally beginning to even out.

I'm not super impressed with the lambs this year. I think my lamb crops the past couple years have been considerably nicer. The horn development on the ram lambs has been pathetic as well, though, some of that was expected considering the rams I used. Bridget's lamb by Eugene has the nicest growing horns so far in terms of length, but they seem to be growing straight back, rather than arching out, which is the same issue Eugene had. I might hang onto him, even though his fleece doesn't look like it will be very fine.

Of the ewe lambs, two have noticeable horn buds growing so far, and those are Catherine and Duchess. Duchess has a fleece like Princess, so I don't know what I want to do with her just yet. Catherine is my hands-down favorite lamb this year. She is definitely going to be retained. No notable horn evidence on Marcella (Madeline's ewe lamb). I don't dislike Marcella, but there's nothing about her that really screams "RETAIN ME!". She's just an average fawn katmoget lamb. I don't feel any divets on her poll, so I hope that means she doesn't carry the polled gene from Lucid. Her spot is held here until I have a reason to move her on, or she begins growing horns; wherein she'll be more suited for my breeding program.

New Sheep and Sales

So, yesterday, I picked up some sheep from Tim Slocum. The first, is Shaltz Farm Ragnar. Tim purchased Ragnar last year when Zack Shaltz d...