Offered for sale as a pet Katahdin ewe $425, with ram lamb at side
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. 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. I listed her for sale as a pet, but time went by, and she lambed again this year in 2022… 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 be bred again, but may not prove to be productive over the long haul.
Photo taken May 2022 with her big ram lamb at side. EBVs from 2021 lamb crop EPWWT data and includes the new Genomics run calculations, and this ewe has been genotyped. NSIP is currently not reporting the USA HAIR index, until it can be updated with the new Genomics calculations. This ewe is being sold with her ram lamb at side before June 30th.
QR or RR at codon 171 (by parentage)