Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Some 2016 lambs


Some of the 2016 Lambs
Here are some of the purebred Shetland lambs from this year.  Not all are pictured and of the ones that are pictured, some will be available for sale.  Some will be keepers. 

UTS Manchego/UTS Talladega - fawn kat ewe

Emsket/Shaela ewe - UTS Cayoosh/UTS Madeline
Lt moorit, mioget moonspotted ewe- UTS Mahon/UTS Chianti

UTS Coso with musket spotted ewe and grey spotted ram by UTS Manchego

UTS Manchego/UTS Vintosha - white ewe

UTS Mahon/UTS Nadaleen - lt moorit/mioget ewe

UTS Mahon/UTS Shenadoah - moorit ewe and fawn kat ram

UTS Mahon/UTS Shenadoah -  fawn kat ram

UTS Mahon/UTS Mascarpone - white ewe

UTS Manchego/UTS Sierra Nevada - fawn kat ewe (head spotting)

UTS Manchego/UTS Sierra Nevada - grey kat ewe

UTS Elfin with moorit ewe by UTS Mahon

UTS Mahon/UTS Elfin moorit ram

UTS Manchego/UTS Teton - white ewe

UTS Chianti with her other lt moorit/dk mioget ewe by UTS Mahon

UTS Mahon/S'More Maraca - moorit light badgerface ram

UTS Mahon/S'More Maraca - black light badgerface ewe

UTS Manchego/UTS Formosa Jade - twin white rams

UTS Manchego/UTS Kjolen - black katmoget ram
Possibly a half poll.  Extremely fine.

UTS Manchego/UTS Cascade - white ram

UTS Cayoosh/UTS Mingay - lt moorit/dk mioget ram



BFL/Wensleydale/Teeswater/Shetland cross lambs -
These lambs will be available starting in June for $200 each.  White, moorit, black, and one grey available in ewes or rams (that can be wethered) for either commercial flocks or spinner's flocks.  There are close to 40 crosses available.    PLEASE, place your deposit now for one of these spectacularly fleeced lambs! Some have tight fine crimp and others will be longer, wavier, and more lustrous like the Wensleydale or Teeswater breed.   Pictured below are just a few of them.



























Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Rams used for the 2015 lamb crop

Here are this year's sires prior to shearing.  I'll post the other rams later.  The rams are not coated in the winter like the ewes are.  I don't trust horned rams with coats on.  The fleeces are in great shape, except for Mahon's.  He should have been sheared a month ago as he has been trying to ditch his fleece.   It is a long staple.

UTS Mahon - 2013 WSWF Supreme Champion Shetland

Mahon

Mahon's fleece.  He is a milk chocolate in color.  

UTS Stilton - 2014 WSWF Supreme Champion Shetland

Stilton

Stilton's fleece - fawnish moorit (varigated in color)



UTS Cameron - grey spotted

Cam on the stand.

Cam's fleece - he is very dense.  

UTS Dawson - grey katmoget (19 microns)


Dawson

Dawson's fleece (sorry it's blurry). 

Here are the 2015 ram micron stats.  All very fine boys!!  Butter soft, crimpy, fine fleeces, top quality in conformation and breed type, and great horns.  



When you are choosing a fine fleeced Shetland, please remember the following:  Fine fleece, when referring to Shetland wool, should mean that the wool is fine, crimpy, and soft handling. 

Fine means:
  • a mid-side sample is tested, that is NOT separated (undercoat from outer coat)
  • that the microns are low - in the G1 (20-25 microns) or G2 range (25.01 -30 microns), preferably in the G1 range for very fine.
  • that all of the OTHER numbers are given out - the SD, CV, CEM, and SF.  Low microns mean absolutely nothing without these numbers to verify that the fleece is actually fine.  
  • pictures of the whole unsheared animal are available to verify all of the above.
When an AFD is only posted, with no indication of anything else (where it was sampled, whether it was separated or not, what all of the other numbers are) and no picture is given, it is buyer beware! With numbers higher than the following, SD above 7, CV above 25, CEM above 13, are all causes of concern. High numbers here indicates a coarse outer coat that will give even a low micron fleece a harsh handle.  Note:  There are a few exceptions to the rule.  But this generally means that all the numbers are not high.  


Here at Under The Son Farm, we always give you the maximum amount of information.  With top quality, show winning Shetlands, you are assured of getting sheep that meet the breed standard with fine, soft, crimpy fleeces. We strive to have the following numbers for the best breed standard fleeces:

AFD - Grade 1 (20-25 microns) or Grade 2 (25.01-30 microns).  G3 is fine for a few ewes.  Rams should be G1 or G2.
SD - I like below 7.  Our current average is 5.2 for the ewes, and 4.6 for the yearling ewes.  Rams should be low, since the rams are half the flock.
CV - 22 or below for a premium quality fleece.  Our ewe average is 18.8.  Lambs can be higher (although our ewe lambs are 19).  CV is the least number to worry about.
CEM - Below 12.  Our ewe average is currently 9.0, yearlings currently average 8.0.
SF - LOWER than the AFD.  This means it spins finer than it actually is.  Around a micron lower than the AFD is great.  An SF that is the same, or nearly the same, as the AFD is fine as well.  







Friday, January 16, 2015

FFSSA Fleece Performance Registry Announcement


The Fine Fleece Shetland Sheep Association is pleased to announce the addition of a Registry to our endeavors to allow FFSSA Shetland breeders the chance to register their eligible sheep.  The FFSSA Registry is based on the sheep’s performance in producing a fine fleece, according to the parameters as set by the FFSSA Fleece Grading Chart.  This ensures the fleece, as well as the structure, on the registered sheep meets the 1927 Shetland breed standard as clarified by Appendix A.  This will allow breeders the opportunity to serve their customers the best quality in Shetland sheep and their wool products. 

To join FFSSA, or for more information, please visit the website:  www.finefleeceshetlandsheep.org
For FFSSA members, go here for FAQ’s: http://www.finefleeceshetlandsheep.org/registry_FAQs.htm
For FFSSA members ready to register:  http://www.finefleeceshetlandsheep.org/registry-forms.htm

Theresa Gygi

FFSSA President

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Breeding Groups & ewe lambs

Here are the breeding groups for this year.  My goals:  balance the ewes with the correct type of ram, finer fleeces, and good horns.  If anyone is interested in a lamb from any of these pairings, give me a holler.  A deposit will hold the lamb/s.  Most of these lambs will be for sale.  I'll keep one or two lambs from each group, and some of the ewes will be for sale as well.  I like every sheep on the farm right now - they are all top notch stock, fitting the breed standard and sporting soft crimpy fleeces.  Just had another long time breeder stop by recently who remarked on how very soft all of the fleeces were.  High compliment indeed! To me, it is what the breed is known for and I won't settle for less.

UTS Cameron - grey spotted.  Very dense fine fleece.  Spectacular horns.  I don't know if I'll get any spots from him or not with his group.  We'll see.

Cam's ewes - Moreen (bl), Panela (wh), Kasta (bl), Tanz (dk grey kat), and Maraca (lt badgerface).

UTS Mahon - moorit, 2013 WSWF Supreme Champ.  Very silky soft, crimpy fleece.  His mother is a mioget so might have modifieds in the bunch.

Mahon's ewes - Arran (bl), WS0932 (bl - going shaela), Viva (Ag moget), Pashmina (wh), Sateen (fawn kat), Galeria (mioget), Cinnerelle (emsket), Sirene (moorit - Stilton's sister).

UTS Dawson - grey kat.  Extremely fine and uniform.  Looking for spectacular fleeces (well, in all the groups) and hoping for grey kats.  

Dawson's ewes - Meredith (bl, Res Champ 2014 WSWF, inspected & passed), Elfin (aka Shillay, bl), Tango (dk grey kat), Coolea (1st place ewe lamb WSWF 2013), Jindi (spotted moorit), Leyden (moorit), Meira (moorit - inspected & passed), Saga (moorit), Onyx (black/shaela)

UTS Stilton - moorit, 2014 WSWF Supreme Champ, inspected and passed.  Stilton is an almost fawnish moorit so may also get modified here.  

Stilton's ewes - forgot to get a good shot of his group.  Murol (bl), Jade (shaela/emsket), Toccata (grey kat), Carrowholly (grey kat), Madeline (mioget), Mingay (mioget), Vaila (grey), Rashera (moorit). 


The rest of the ewes went to the Cheviot.


Ewe lambs

No, these two are not sisters.  Vintosha, on the right, is a Stronsay/Viva daughter.  Darby, on the left,  is a Venaco/S'More Maraca daughter.  Very similar in type and style.  Both very fine and silky soft.  They love their pettings.  Which is why it is hard to get a good shot of them other than one like this where they are coming towards me.  

Valkyr - Stronsay/Vaila.  Spotted musket.  Very fine and crimpy.

Shots of the other ewe lambs. 


No, I didn't really want to keep this many.  A few are for sale.  The spotted fawn kat, the tagged fawn kat, Marina's grey kat (last photo, left side in front), possibly the black krunet.   Top notch group of ewe lambs, oozing with very soft crimpy fleeces and breed standard character.