Offered for sale as a pet Katahdin ewe $375, 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 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. In 2020 she had a tiny, weak preemie-type lamb that died after a few days, despite aggressive treatment and oversight. And in 2021, she had premature stillborn twins, over which she was very upset. This year, she delivered twins, one stillborn, but I had a higher than normal rate of stillborns this year, so it’s hard to know if she has a pregnancy issue trend or just more bad luck. 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, 2/1. I’ve just priced her as a pet, she could continue to be used as a breeding ewe, but may not prove to be productive over the long haul.
Photo taken May 2022. EBVs from 2022 lamb crop PWWT data and includes the new Genomics run calculations, and this ewe has been genotyped. This ewe has been exposed to lamb in the March-April 2023 timeframe.
QR or RR at codon 171 (by parentage)