Tuesday, November 29, 2016

AI Collection of UTS Rams

Six UTS rams were collected.  Included are current and past supreme champions, place winning sires, sires that have produced place winning lambs, and a couple of other top quality rams. All are Premium Grade One rams with the exception of Asiago (he is a very low Premium grade two and Premium grade one by spin fineness). All of these rams have outstanding conformations and breed type.  Straws will be available for purchase once I get back the information for them.  Please PM me with any interest in acquiring straws from these top rams.

UnderTheSon Mackinaw River – black krunet, 2016 WSWF Supreme Champion, B/?

UnderTheSon Stilton – moorit/fawn, 2014 WSWF Supreme Champion, proven

UnderTheSon Smokey – grey katmoget, 2014 WSWF 2nd place ram lamb, B/b

UnderTheSon Manchego – white, produced the 2016 WSWF 1st place ram and 3rd place ewe lamb, carries spots, B/b

UnderTheSon Cameron – grey smirslet, proven, B/b

UnderTheSon Asiago – very dark grey katmoget, silky fleece, carries spots, B/b

Pictures are mostly from early to late summer, not full fleece. 

Short clip of Manchego and Cameron


Fleece pictures taken 11-30-2016.  About 6 months fleece growth.

Mackinaw's fleece - black

Mackinaw's fleece showing the crimp structure.  

Smokey's fleece - lighter grey katmoget

Asiago's - dark grey katmoget throughout 

Stilton - a modified fawn moorit

Manchego - white, nice and bright

Cameron - Ag grey, with a little bit of color which is rare for a fine fleece Ag

Thursday, July 21, 2016

2016 Sheep for sale

With a very heavy heart I am having to downsize my flock.  The following are all quality sheep from years and years of breeding the best to the best.  I will be adding at least 7 more after I comb over the names to see who else I can part with. I'll also be updating this page with pictures when I get them.

Adult Ewes

All ewes are grade 2 and have nice fleeces. 

UTS Assam - 2010, white (UTS Broderick/UTS Pima).  Larger ewe.  Has produced triplets and spots.

UTS Pashmina - 2011, white (Whistlestop 0923/UTS Paxina).  

UTS Rysa - 2012, white mirkface (UTS Broderick/UTS Rahab AI).  Has produced polled ram.

UTS Innis - 2012, light moorit/fawn/mioget,  Using her light moorit grandson as a sire this year.  She is currently in with the UTS Manchego/UTS Jade (shaela/emsket) ram lamb.


UTS Manchego - 2013, white (UTS Cleggan/UTS Moire).  F2 Skeld.  Grade 1 Premium ram.  UTS Velchi, one of his 2016 sons, took 1st place ram lamb at the WSWF last month.  UTS Topaz, one of his 2016 ewe lambs placed 3rd at the WSWF as well.  I am retaining several of his daughters and using one of his sons this year as a sire.\

UTS Asiago - 2013, grey kat. B/b.  (Crosswinds Pegasus/ UTS Velvet).  Grade 2 Premium ram (SF is grade 1).  STILL AVAILABLE.  This ram has a very silky soft fleece and excellent structure.  Dark grey kat and carries spots.  

Asiago AFD
  SD     4.1 CV

Fawn kat ram lamb out of UTS Mahon/UTS Shenandoah.  Very fine and very crimpy.  Wide horns.  Excellent all around.  His mother was the finest fleeced ewe in my flock.  

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

UTS Stilton - 2014 WSWF Supreme Champion Shetland


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'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.