Offered for sale as a purebred, registered Katahdin ewe $300, exposed
This is a pretty red ewe with white markings, white tail, and long hind socks. She is fairly petite. Her dam is out of very old-stock PNW genetics, sire is from Thistle Grove Farm (John Bare, DVM, in Iowa). This girl’s dam came to me as part of a large purchase of Mary Bakko’s (MRL) ewes when she was retiring. Mary loaded an extra one in the trailer, and it was a 9 year old red girl that Mary didn’t have the heart to cull, as she’d given them 21 lambs . 🙂 I was able to get one more ewelamb out of her before she hit the end of her line, and this is it.
This girl has had some bum luck. She started out well, raised twins as a yearling, which is unusual in my operation. The next year, she had a single ewelamb, which I still have. Last year she had a tiny, weak preemie-type lamb that died after a few days, despite aggressive treatment and oversight. And this year, she had premature stillborn twins, over which she was very upset. I brought her in thinking I would graft a lamb onto her, only to find she didn’t have much milk (maybe because her fetuses perished early). So, she either needs to retire to a pet home, or if she’s bred again, be fed really good and be prepared to hover over her lambs to make sure they succeed. She comes from a really good maternal line and is a very protective, maternal dam. But her EBVs are hurt by the variable performance of her lambing record and lower accuracies since there is little data about her and her dam in the system. Lambing record starting as a yearling: 2/2, 1/1, 1/0, 2/0.
Photo taken May 2021. EBVs from 2021 lamb crop EPWWT data and includes the new Genomics run calculations (though this ewe isn’t genotyped herself). NSIP is currently not reporting the USA HAIR index, until it can be updated with the new Genomics calculations. This ewe can go to a new home any time. She will be exposed to a ram starting 11/6/21, price reflects cull value but also that she is exposed.
QR or RR at codon 171 (by parentage)