Offered for sale as a registered 7 year old old ewe, $275
This is a steady, middle-aged ewe, solid chocolate, good shedder, calm and gentle. She will likely produce a good lamb crop well into her teens. She has been a good producer here, though she is a very quiet/ non-vocal sheep. So if her lambs get separated and start hollering, she won’t necessarily get hysterical and holler back or run to them; she’ll just calmly wait for them to find her. This doesn’t pose a problem on a small acreage with few ewes and lambs, or in a shed-lambing operation. But in big fields with several hundred sheep in a pasture-lambing setting, it can be a recipe for lost lambs. So I’ve had to keep a little bit of an eye on her lambs when they are young, or jug her for a few days in the field to give them a good start. I chose to orphan-rear one of her triplets in 2019 because it was also non-assertive and was not keeping up with her.
This girl has solid and balanced EBVs across the board, I’m only selling her because her index is starting to dip into my lower quartile, and because it’s a little extra work for me to keep an eye on her during lambing. She will be a great foundation ewe for someone starting a small flock. Line-bred on an old Bert Martineau ram, with Just Plain Sheep and a North Dakota State U ram, and some KRK (Oregon) genetics in her pedigree.
Photo taken September 2020. EBVs from 2020 lamb crop 120 day weight data. Lambing records starting as a yearling: 1/1, 2/2, 2/2, 2/2, 3/1 (2 stillborn), 3/2 (1 orphan-reared), 1/1
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