Category Archives: data collection

The approach of breeding season

It is hard to believe, but breeding season is less than five weeks away, beginning for us this year on Saturday, September 16th. Everyone goes about setting up their breeding groups in a different way. Some shepherds will keep only one ram, and every ewe they own will go in with that one guy. They […]

More about spotting

In my last blog, I talked a little bit about my current project, diving into trying to understand spotting in sheep. I’ve collected a database of nearly 300 lambs and have listed them by name, including sire and dam, and type of color. After looking at all of their birth photos, I have also cataloged […]

A stunning disappointment

With only an occasional exception, our breeding rams come from our own flock. We make genetic progress each year by carrying one or more particular traits into the next generation, and then we keep only those lambs who reflect this genetic improvement. The only way to know whether a purchased ram will reflect an improvement […]

Making choices

We have now finally evaluated every one of our new lambs at least once this spring, meaning that each one has been caught, weighed, and looked over for a series of sixteen physical traits and four fleece traits. After so many years of monitoring, one would think that we would no longer see mouths where […]