Overall stat avgs: AFD 23.5, SD 4.7, CV 20, CEM 8.3. CF 79.2, SF 22.7, CRV 82.1
- The most important stats to me are the CEM and SD. These must be low - and the range that they are in is appropriate for fine fleeced Shetlands. These numbers show that most have a spinning fineness that is lower than the AFD. They also indicate, by the low numbers, that there are no guard hairs present, which give the fleece a coarse handle. Breeders must be careful not to go too low, though, because this indicates a fleece without the Shetland 'tip' which gives the characteristic feathering.
- Bramble McDreamie will be 7 years old this year. Exceptional stats for his age.
- Velour and Dungaree will be 3 this year. Great numbers for them. Velour placed 1st and R CH Ram and Dungaree placed 3rd under SSS breeder/inspector/judges Kate Sharp and Alan Hill at WSWF when they were lambs in 2011. They sure knew how to pick a couple of good ones! Both of these rams have silky soft fleeces. Their daughters have very nice fleeces as well.
- Dungaree was shown again last year at WSWF as a 2 yr old and placed 1st in Senior rams. He also passed inspection under SSS breeder/inspector/judge Maurice Wakeling. Dungaree also roos very well.
- Stronsay will be 2. He is rooing this year as well. This ram can still do capriole's, he is that agile and strong but light framed. Never have seen another adult ram do that!
- BC neck refers to Blue Castello's neck. For fibers below 15 microns, Castello's mid-side fleece has almost 12% that fit that range! See below for more details.
- Mahon was the 2013 WSWF Supreme Champion under Maurice Wakeling.
- I used Dreamie, Stronsay, Castello, and Venaco for breeding rams last fall.