If you look at my January 2011 post you see a little Finn spotty ram we got in November. He had a roommate in a ram-lamb pen, Aspen, who was lost to a gate-jumping accident-- and then the Spotty was put in with the ewes because at 4 months, we figured he couldn't breed any of the unbred ewes. We also thought, if he did, so what? Cute babies!
Well, the so-what babies started popping out a week ago. I showed you Candy, the little HST Shetland ewe who gave us some ewe twins, and here they are:
And because the first mate I'd chosen for Candy was Kimberwood Harrison, whose pedigree show no ancestors or offspring with spots! And, the timing....
I think these beauties will be a great cross. As newborns, they were more vigorous than the Finn lambs-- but their Finn genes already put longer legs on them, nice wool-- their prolificacy should be increased to, probably, triplet expectations--and I expect they will be 1-1/2 size of their pretty Shetland mom. The Finnsheep Breeders Association has a crossbred registry, so ... that may be useful, too. I'll sell one or both of these lambs, your choice, $250.