Offered for sale as a registered, proven ram $550
Solid dark chocolate ram, proven sire that can cover a large group of ewes. I purchased “Cheech” and “Chong” from David Coplen (Birch Cove Farm in Missouri) in spring of 2019. I had the rams shipped via air cargo. I really like using David’s genetics because he has been in NSIP a long time; and runs a grass-fed operation with very low inputs, so his animals pass on a lot of vigor, hardiness and good maternal instincts. Plus, he is well-connected to the Midwest Katahdin genetics, which helps us with “connectedness” in NSIP (we have been a bit of an island out in the PNW and are trying to improve that).
David has been bringing in some Texel genetics, then upgrading back to purebred Katahdin. These rams are a product of that venture. The positives are that we can benefit from some heterosis (hybrid vigor) and also the myostatin or “double muscling” gene that’s common in Texels (that’s what gives Texels that “pig ham” back end). The drawbacks are some setbacks in hair coats; but this is minor considering the bigger strides we’ll make in meat production. Chong is a B coat, as he retains some backline wool each year; but the rest of his body sheds cleanly His sire was an upgrade, so he is fully registered, as can be all of his offspring.
He is a substantial ram, both well-muscled and tall. His temperament is calm and reserved. Photo taken November 2020. EBVs from 2021 lamb crop WWT data. His lamb crops have performed very well for me, I can really see that growth coming through with lambs that hit butcher weight for me earlier than ever. I’ve retained a lot of his daughters as well as a son, so it’s time for him to find a new flock to influence. His growth EBVs are good, prolificacy is adequate, parasite resistance is in the negative range (meaning lower fecal egg counts) and maternal milk is a little on the low side. He will make a great terminal sire, and will throw replacement daughters that shy a little away from triplets and heavy milking, but are still productive twinners with good-growing lambs.
|BC H 974 “Chong”
RR at codon 171
PP horn DNA (polled)
TT Resistant for OPP
|BC E 856-32||FAH 15-007||NWT 489|
|BC W 74-22 (75%)||CK 02-208|
|TCF 97012 (50%)|
|BC Z 095-13||BC Z X301||CMG 7029|
|BC S 163|
|CMG 10005||TMD 8-106|