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BC H 973 “Cheech”

Reference Ram 

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, which was an expensive, but fast and low-stress process. 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. Cheech is a 87.5%. He did not shed adequately as a yearling, but did as a two-year-old, so that’s when I finally upgraded him. Subsequently, his lambs can be fully registered. He does throw a few shaggy lambs, but most of his progeny shed sufficiently.

Cheech has really strong EBVs across the board, he is a really special ram. He is a substantial animal, both muscled and tall. Mostly white, but has some brown freckling and one large mahogany spot on his hip, ala Wiltshire Horn genetics. His temperament is calm and reserved. You can review his current EBVs on NSIP’s searchable database here. Photo taken September 2021. EBVs below from 2021 lamb crop PWWT data. He is genotyped.

BWT WWT PWWT NLB NLW MBWT MWWT MAT$ HAIR
0.234 3.088 4.886 24% 20% 0.343 1.488 139.03 N/R
BC H 973 “Cheech” (87.5%)
Twin birth
DOB: 1/27/19
QR at codon 171
Myostatin gene: Pending
PP horn genes (polled)
CC OPP gene (susceptible)
BC G 933-22 (75%)  BC F 895-22 (50% Texel) BC 0669 (Texel)
BC C 307-22
BC D 341-22 USD 3234
BC A 170-22
BC D 337-22 FAH 12-118 WSK 4298
FAH 11-013
BC A 146-21 (75%) MOF 1107
BC X 82-12 (50%)

 

KMC 21015

Offered for sale as a purebred, registered  Katahdin ram $425

Really striking dark mahogany (nearly black) ram with black legs and face. Very substantial body, muscling and scrotal circumference, and tall stature. He has positive and balanced EBVs across the board, but nothing too extreme, just a solid 50-60 percenter dude. Sired by a framey, dark chocolate ram from Birch Cove Farm (David Coplen, Missouri) and a badger-colored dam also from Birch Cove. Tracing back to some other O.G. NSIP flocks: Fahrmeier and Ginapp, total outcross genetics for the PNW. He has a Texel way back in his pedigree somewhere, as his paternal grandsire was a 87.5% upgrade, so we get a little hybrid vigor in there as well. He should throw lots of interesting colors. I used this ram for 2021 fall breeding, so he’ll have connectedness if moved to another NSIP flock. I’ve purchased some new ram genetics and have a lot of his relatives here, so it’s time for this guy to move along.

Photo from November 2021.  EBVs from 2021 lamb crop EPWWT data and includes the new Genomics run calculations , and this ram is genotyped himself. NSIP is currently not reporting the USA HAIR index, until it can be updated with the new Genomics calculations.  This ram is ready to go to a new home today.

BWT WWT PWWT NLB NLW MBWT MWWT MAT$ HAIR
0.411 1.842 2.617 11% 12% 0.045 0.401 117.26
KMC 21015
Singe birth (raised as a twin)
DOB: 4/7/21
RR at codon 171
PP horn genes (polled)
TC OPP gene (susceptible)
BC H 974 BC E 856-32 FAH15-007
BC W 74022
BC Z 095-13 BC Z X301
CMG10005
BC C 279 FAH12-118 WSK4298
FAH11-013
BC Z 104-13 CMG10019
BC Y 2-33

 

KMC 21056

Offered for sale as a purebred, register-able  Katahdin eweamb $275

Cute little white ewe with red markings. She’s a triplet out of an older ewe, so will likely need to grow out til next year before she breeds. She’s got modest growth but stellar prolificacy and milk, these are strong maternal genetics. I’m keeping her sibling, and don’t usually keep both out of a set of twins or triplets, so this is a good opportunity to grab some genetics I normally wouldn’t let go. She is NSIP Maternal Certified.

This ewelamb’s sire is a very strong ram from David Coplen (Birch Cove Farm, Missouri). This sire has a Texel thee generations back. David’s crossing-in benefits us with heterosis and the double-muscling gene from Texels. The tradeoff is some setback in shedding, but this is easily recovered from in subsequent generations. ¬†Her sire is an upgrade, a B coat, but most of his offspring are good shedders; and this ewelamb can be fully registered.¬† On her maternal side, she traces to Birch Cove (David Coplen, MO) and local KRK genetics.

Photo from November 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 ewelamb is exposed to a ram starting Nov 8th, and is ready to go to a new home any time.

BWT WWT PWWT NLB NLW MBWT MWWT MAT$ HAIR
0.040 1.246 1.899 17% 17% 0.361 1.361 123.07
KMC 21056
Triplet birth
DOB: 4/14/21
QR or RR at codon 171 (by parentage)
BC H 973 (87.5%) BC G 933-22 (75%) BC F 985-22 (50% Texel)
BC D 341-22
BC D 337-22 FAH 12-118
BC A 146-21 (75%)
KMC6098 KMC5088 WRN006
BC C 298
MRL315 KRK2123RR
KRK936

 

KMC 21117

Offered for sale as a purebred  Katahdin ewelamb $275, genotyped, exposed

Cute feminine, white ewelamb. She’s got good growth EBVs and modest maternal traits, so should be an uncomplicated producer. Sired by a framey, dark chocolate ram from Birch Cove Farm (David Coplen, Missouri). Dam traces to On The Lamb Farm (SJG) and Misty River Farm (Mary Bakko, Moses Lake, now retired).

Photo from October 2021.  EBVs from 2021 lamb crop EPWWT data and includes the new Genomics run calculations, and this ewe is genotyped herself. NSIP is currently not reporting the USA HAIR index, until it can be updated with the new Genomics calculations.  This ewelamb is register-able, weaned, and ready to go to a new home today! She will be exposed to a ram starting 11/6/21.

BWT WWT PWWT NLB NLW MBWT MWWT MAT$ HAIR
0.078 1.178 2.097 1% 8% -0.178 0.020 114.28
KMC 2117
Twin birth
DOB: 4/30/21
RR at codon 171
PH horn DNA (horn carrier, but polled herself)
TT Resistant for OPP
BC H 974 BC E 856-32 FAH15-007
BC W 74022
BC Z 095-13 BC Z X301
CMG10005
KMC5013 MRL246 MRL225RR
MRL155QR
KMC3033 SJG494
KMC1030

 

KMC 21100

Offered for sale as a purebred  Katahdin ewelamb $275, exposed

Pretty white ewe with really good fleshing. She’s got modest but balanced EBVs across the board, and should make a good producer without a lot of triplet complications. Sired by a framey, dark chocolate ram from Birch Cove Farm (David Coplen, Missouri). Dam traces to Birch Cove Farm (David Coplen, Missouri) and Misty River Farm (Mary Bakko, Moses Lake, now retired).

Photo from October 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 ewelamb is register-able, weaned, and ready to go to a new home today! She will be exposed to a ram starting 11/6/21.

BWT WWT PWWT NLB NLW MBWT MWWT MAT$ HAIR
0.302 1.490 1.438 2% 7% -0.084 0.539 109.72
KMC 21100
Twin birth
DOB: 4/20/21
QR or RR at codon 171 (by parentage)
BC H 974 BC E 856-32 FAH15-007
BC W 74022
BC Z 095-13 BC Z X301
CMG10005
KMC18110 KMC7045 KMC5071
MRL358
KMC6078 JRB14007
BC C 291

 

KMC 21109

Offered for sale as a purebred  Katahdin ewelamb $275, exposed

Feminine fawn ewelamb with white markings.¬† Dam traces back to Thistle Grove Farm (John Bare DVM, Iowa) and Misty River Farm (Mary Bakko, Moses Lake, now retired). We in the PNW have been lucky to borrow a ram from the USDA Research Station in Booneville, AR; Dr. Joan Burke is lending him to our region so that we can get better linkage to the “cluster” of flocks in the Midwest/South. He’s been on a tour through Idaho and Oregon, and made a stop here last winter to be used in my flock, and he’s headed East now. Take advantage of some great out-of-state genetics! The sire has very strong milk and survival, but his scores have dropped a bit on growth and survival. This girl’s dam balances him out; so still positive growth and prolificacy. This is a good, uncomplicated maternal ewe.

Photo from October 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 ewelamb¬† is register-able, weaned and ready to go to a new home today! She will be exposed to a ram starting 11/6/21.

BWT WWT PWWT NLB NLW MBWT MWWT MAT$ HAIR
0.417 1.069 2.424 4% 14% 0.464 1.410 121.59
KMC 21109
Twin birth
DOB: 4/2w/21
RR at codon 171 (by parentage)
USD 19094 BC E 836-33 FAH12-118
BC Z 087-32
USD17008 WRI6028
USD14344
KMC18006 KMC7017 JRB14007
KRK2046
KRK2046 KRK00187QR
KRK972QR

 

KMC 21098

Offered for sale as a purebred  Katahdin ewelamb $275, exposed

Feminine fawn ewelamb with a white brockle face.¬† Dam traces back to Thistle Grove Farm (John Bare DVM, Iowa) and Aspen Mountain Katahdins (Aileen Scott, MT). We in the PNW have been lucky to borrow a ram from the USDA Research Station in Booneville, AR; Dr. Joan Burke is lending him to our region so that we can get better linkage to the “cluster” of flocks in the Midwest/South. He’s been on a tour through Idaho and Oregon, and made a stop here last winter to be used in my flock, and he’s headed East now. Take advantage of some great out-of-state genetics! The sire has very strong milk and survival, but his scores have dropped a bit on growth and survival. This girl’s dam balances him out; so still positive growth and prolificacy. This is a good, uncomplicated maternal ewee.

Photo from October 2021.¬† ¬†EBVs from 2021 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 ewelamb¬† is register-able, weaned and ready to go to a new home today! She will be exposed to a ram starting 11/6/21.

BWT WWT PWWT NLB NLW MBWT MWWT MAT$ HAIR
0.473 0.851 1.549 2% 12% 0.345 1.321 117.14
KMC 21098
Twin birth
DOB: 4/20/21
QR or RR at codon 171 (by parentage)
USD 19094 BC E 836-33 FAH12-118
BC Z 087-32
USD17008 WRI6028
USD14344
KMC18073 KMC7018 JRB14007
KMC3044
KMC2033 KMC0900
ADS0038

 

KMC 21006

Offered for sale as a purebred  Katahdin ewelamb $275, exposed

Well-put-together white ewelamb. Dam traces back to Thistle Grove Farm (John Bare DVM, Iowa) and Aspen Mountain Farm (Aileen Scott, MT). We in the PNW have been lucky to borrow a ram from the USDA Research Station in Booneville, AR; Dr. Joan Burke is lending him to our region so that we can get better linkage to the “cluster” of flocks in the Midwest/South. He’s been on a tour through Idaho and Oregon, and made a stop here last winter to be used in my flock, and he’s headed East now. Take advantage of some great out-of-state genetics! The sire has very strong milk and survival, but his scores have dropped a bit on growth and survival. This girl’s dam is the opposite, creating a very nice balance in the resultant EBVs here.

Photo from October 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 ewelamb¬† is register-able, weaned and ready to go to a new home today! She will be exposed to a ram starting 11/6/21.

BWT WWT PWWT NLB NLW MBWT MWWT MAT$ HAIR
0.345 0.809 5.679 8% 14% 0.334 1.393 119.18
KMC 21006
Twin birth
DOB: 4/5/21
RR at codon 171 (by parentage)
USD 19094 BC E 836-33 FAH12-118
BC Z 087-32
USD17008 WRI6028
USD14344
KMC7091 JRB14007 MOF1107
JRB1232
KMC1012 KMC0900
ADS0061

 

KMC 21004

Offered for sale as a purebred  Katahdin ewelamb $275, exposed

Classic white ewelamb. Dam traces back to local genetics plus Thistle Grove Farm (John Bare DVM, Iowa) and Misty River Farm (Mary Bakko, Moses Lake, now retired). We in the PNW have been lucky to borrow a ram from the USDA Research Station in Booneville, AR; Dr. Joan Burke is lending him to our region so that we can get better linkage to the “cluster” of flocks in the Midwest/South. He’s been on a tour through Idaho and Oregon, and made a stop here last winter to be used in my flock, and he’s headed East now. Take advantage of some great out-of-state genetics! The sire has very strong milk and survival, but his scores have dropped a bit on growth and survival. This girl’s dam is the opposite; so she’s very strong everywhere except NLB, where she’ll trend away from triplets and may sometimes single.

Photo from October 2021.¬† ¬†EBVs from 2021 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 ewelamb¬† is register-able, weaned and ready to go to a new home today! She will be exposed to a ram starting 11/6/21.

BWT WWT PWWT NLB NLW MBWT MWWT MAT$ HAIR
0.523 1.922 2.956 3% 14% 0.288 1.404 124.54
KMC 21004
Single birth
DOB: 4/04/21
QR or RR at codon 171 (by parentage)
USD 19094 BC E 836-33 FAH12-118
BC Z 087-32
USD17008 WRI6028
USD14344
KMC19106 KMC7045 KMC5071
MRL358
KMC6078 JRB14007
BC C 291

 

KMC 21058

Offered for sale as a purebred, register-able  Katahdin ram lamb $375

Classic white ram lamb with some black spotting. Positive growth, and strong on prolificacy, survival and milk; this is a “maternal ram” built to produce replacement ewes. He is NSIP Maternal certified. He is on the small side due to being a triplet, but his scrotal circumference is pretty decent, indicating early maturity genes. So I think he’ll be able to service a small group of ewes just fine.

This ram’s sire is a very strong ram from David Coplen (Birch Cove Farm, Missouri). This sire has a Texel thee generations back. David’s crossing-in benefits us with heterosis and the double-muscling gene from Texels. The tradeoff is some setback in shedding, but this is easily recovered from in subsequent generations. ¬†His sire is an upgrade, a B coat, but most of his offspring are good shedders; and this ram lamb can be fully registered.¬† His maternal line traces back to KRK genetics plus more Birch Cove.

Photo from September 2021. EBVs from 2021 lamb crop EPWWT data and includes the new Genomics run calculations (though this ram isn’t genotyped himself). NSIP is currently not reporting the USA HAIR index, until it can be updated with the new Genomics calculations.¬† This ram is weaned and ready to start breeding today.

BWT WWT PWWT NLB NLW MBWT MWWT MAT$ HAIR
0.214 1.327 1.529 14% 11% 0.349 1.318 118.31
KMC 21058
Triplet  birth
DOB: 4/14/21
Unknown DNA at codon 171 
BC H 973 (87.5% upgraded) BC G 933-22 (75%) BC F 985-22 (50% Texel)
BC D 341-22
BC D 337-22 FAH 12-118
BC A 146-21 (75%)
KMC6098 KMC5088 WRN006
BC C 298
MRL315 KRK2123RR
KRK936