“Boone” is borrowed from the USDA Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, Arkansas. Dr. Joan Burke heads up a research flock of Katahdins there, and was kind to loan him to us on the West coast; so we could benefit from his stellar EBVs as well as gain more “connectedness” to the Midwest NSIP flock cluster. Boone bred ewes at Caleb Pirc’s farm in Idaho, then Karen Kenagy’s farm in Oregon, before making a stop here in WA. He’ll head back to Caleb’s in summer 2021.
Boone is a white ram with some light tan freckling. He has a very good hair coat and nice conformation. He is typical of many high-scoring maternal EBV rams in that he doesn’t have a tremendously masculine appearance. But his EBVs are spectacular, very strong in growth, prolificacy, survival and milk; and has reasonably good EBVs for Fecal Egg Count (FEC) as well (not shown below). His temperament is calm and he is somewhat curious and friendly, yet gentle and easy to handle. You can review his current EBVs on NSIP’s searchable database here. Photo taken November 2020. EBVs cited below from fall 2020 snapshot that includes data from Caleb’s lamb crop, so far.
|USD 19094 “Boone”
RR at codon 171
|BC E 836-33||FAH 12-118||WSK 4298|
|BC Z 087-32||BC X 301|
|BC T 77-22|
|USD 17008||WRI 6028||BC D 749-33|
|USD 14344||USD 3154|