Friday, February 2, 2007

Wintertime Ruby

Ruby is my daughter's NASSA registered Sandstone daughter out of a 75% UK bred black ewe we call "Izzy". Izzy goes back to Drum Black and Drum Jings lines and has a very short, crimpy fleece she "sheds" that tested 24.5 with a 5.4 SD her second year. Izzy's problem is she just doesn't look like a Shetland--being too long and round-boned with a shorter head. Ruby is a definite improvement in type and has a wonderfully crimpy, soft modified moorit fleece. She also likes to go into the showring, so since she was on the small side, we left her open this year so she can be Meghan's yearling ewe at the July Jr. All-American show.

Izzy was A.I.'d to Todhill Jericho for 87.5% UK bred lambs in late March. We are hoping with his shorter, more refined build and longer fiber he'll improve type and maintain the fineness of her fiber while adding a bit of length to the staple.

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