Friday, March 26, 2021

Distinguishing Emsket at Birth

Emsket is a modified black in Shetlands.   It carries two copies of the modified color gene.  It is a pewter color that can range from dark to almost silver.  The tips of the fleece will sun bleach an orangy brown color, giving the fleece a mixture of brown and blackish/pewter/silver tones.  It is sometimes thought of as a non-descript color when it is on the darker side, but the cool thing about emsket fleeces is that they pair well with both the black and the brown color spectrum.  Emsket is a bridging color that brings harmony to both sides, making the palette of Shetland fleeces merge as a whole yet allowing all the colors to shine individually.

Here is a washed adult emsket fleece.  The sunbleached tips are seen with the silvery pewter color of the fibers below.


On lambs at birth, the easiest way to distinguish whether a lamb will be black or emsket (or a modified black, maybe leaning towards shaela) is to look at the nose leather first.  As seen below, the black lamb on the left is 'black' but the one on the right is almost brownish in color.  The hair on the face is lighter as well with a sort of brownish cast to it.  The fleece, if parted at the armpit area, usually is starting to turn color on an emsket fleece as well.  It is fairly easy to tell on ram lambs on their scrotum.  




As these two lambs are both ewes, this is the armpit area.  One more photo that could be taken would be one of an Ag grey lamb compared to the emsket lamb.  On Ag lambs, the color change is a white base, not the brownish/pewter/silver base of the emsket.  Nose leathers on Ag greys stay black too, unless there is modified genes present as well.  Tongue colors on emsket are much more pale, like a light blueberry color, compared to a dark blackish colored tongue of a black.  


One more thing with the emsket color.  They tend to have a wavier, silkier fleece, not a tight crimp like the more popular black, moorit, white, and katmoget fleeces.  They are a rare color, hence slightly more primitive in genetics with the fleece as most have been bred out on Shetland.   

Thursday, October 29, 2020

2020 Breeding Line Ups

Breeding groups were made in early Oct for March/April 2021 lambs.  This year, ALL rams used were purebred, crimpy, soft, fine fleeced Traditional 1927® Shetlands of top quality.  No crossing groups this year.  So, there should be lots of purebred lambs to chose from next year.  If you see something that you may have interest in, please drop me a line and/or a deposit! First come, first served.  

I breed for top quality, fine fleeced Shetlands with crimpy, soft, dense fleeces on all of the sheep in my flock, going on nearly 2 decades of breeding with diverse colors and patterns.  Productive, milky, wide loins, great structure and breed type are hallmarks in my flock, along with fabulous fleeces.  Good temperaments are also bred for.  Something for everyone can be had here.  

UTS Dawson's group
Dawson is a medium dark grey katmoget (Ab/Aa, B/b, krunet).  He is the sire and grandsire of champions and reserve champions.  His group is the biggest with 10 ewes.  Hoping to keep a ram lamb or two and some ewe lambs from him.
His group consists of Mascarpone (white), Moda (white), Cascade (moorit/fawn), Teton (fawn kat), Eva (white), Coso (grey), Kaffe Fassett (spotted grey kat), Moda (black krunet), Toya (moorit), and Topaz (fawn kat)


UTS Troy's group
Troy is the 2019 WSWF reserve champion ram (as a ram lamb).   Troy is a dark blue grey katmoget (Ab/Aa, B/b).  His lambs from this year were fabulous.  Some of the ewes are repeat breedings.
His group consists of Galaxy (rose mioget), Meira (moorit), Cerina (black - 2019 WSWF Champion ewe), Talledega (spotted grey kat), Windsong (fawn kat - 2018WSWF Supreme Champion), Tacoosh (shaela, 2016 WSWF Champion ewe), and Genevieve (emsket).  


UTS Troy



UTS Troy
Decided to take a quick video of him as he was checking out Dawson's group.  He is growing up to be a tremendous ram. 


UTS El Paso's group
El Paso is a white ram with modified genetics (he has a blue nose and has sired emskets).  El Paso has sired ram lambs with great horns and very wide rears.    
His group consists of  Sirene (fawn, twin to WSWF Supreme Champion Stilton), Galena (mioget), Mingay (mioget), Chianti (emsket), and Moxahala (shaela).


UTS Cameron's group
Cameron is a spotted grey ram (B/b) and has retained a grey color in his dense fleece.  Cam's lambs are always very nice and it is hard to not to want to keep them all. 
His group consists of Mazda (black smirslet), Sekka (grey kat), Coolea (fawn kat), Fancy (white), Markoti (white), and Osage (dark grey kat).



UTS Pike
Pike is a yuglet sokket dark blue grey katmoget ram lamb. His group has mostly spotted ewes.   Hoping for some flashy lambs with very fine fleeces like their sire. 

UTS Pike's group
His group consists of Darby (grey kat), Murex (grey kat), Vivian (smirslet sokket grey kat), Maja (smirslet fawn kat), and Colla (spotted grey - mother of Cameron).  


UTS Tonga
Tonga is a dark grey katmoget ram lamb who carries spots.  Spots are also in some of the ewes in this group.  Also hoping for very fine fleeces from this group.  
His group consists of Patches (black yuglet), Cachet (fawn kat), Conde (grey), Moonwind (white), Merrimac (grey kat), and Sierra Nevada (fawn kat).  




Thursday, November 21, 2019

A fine fleece video

Just took a video tonight of the ewes to show what fine fleece Shetland sheep look like.  Sorry for the darkness of the barn.




Wednesday, November 20, 2019

2019 Fall Sales list

A few of this year's ewes and rams for sale.  Will  be available for only a short time.


Under The Son Meredith Blue - mother of champions!!  Fine fleeced, crimpy, shaela  2013
(Under The Son Stronsay/Under The Son Morchella)
She is the mother of Mack - WSWF Supreme Champion, grandmother of Kenzo - WSWF Champion, and mother of Troy - WSWF Res Champion

Under The Son Mira - fine fleeced, crimpy.  Very correct.  2017
(Under The Son Nik/Under The Son Mingay)


Under The Son Waverly - dark fawn kat, very fine and very crimpy 2019
(Under The Son Kenzo/Under The Son Windsong)


Under The Son June Tailor - dark grey smirslet kat, very fine and crimpy, 2019 
(Under The Son Triton/Under The Son Patches)


Under The Son Jinny Beyer  - black smirslet, very fine, very crimpy, 2019
(Under The Son Triton/Under The Son Patches)

Under The Son  Chella - moorit, fine and crimpy, 2019
(Under The Son Kenzo/Under The Son Cachet)


Grey (Ag) ram, very fine and very crimpy, 2019
(Under The Son Kenzo/Under The Son Conde)


Cormo cross ram 2019

3/4 Shetland/BFL 2019 ewe lambs - several colors available

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sept 2018 - Ram lambs

Under The Son Ram lambs for 2018
Here are the best of this year.  All are very fine and crimpy with great structures.  

Left to Right:  UTS Chrome/UTS Talledega - spotted grey kat, triplet
UTS Chrome/UTS Tanz - spotted grey kat, twin

UTS Chrome/UTS Talledega - spotted grey kat, dense, soft

UTS Chrome/UTS Tanz - spotted grey kat, twin, dark grey, dense

Middle:  UTS Triton (UTS  Chrome/UTS Talledega) - spotted grey kat, triplet

UTS Triton - dense and dark grey kat

UTS Giovani (UTS El Paso/UTS Galena) - emsket, B/b

UTS Giovani - lustrous and soft


UTS El Paso/UTS Cherra - emsket, B/b


UTS El Paso/UTS Cherra - emsket, lustrous, very soft

UTS Tortuga (UTS Cameron/UTS Topaz) - grey kat (b/b)

UTS Tortuga - dense and soft

UTS Zambo (UTS El Paso/UTS Cherra) - white twin, B/b, great head, body, and rear

UTS Zambo

UTS Zambo - perfect tail and very wide square rear!
on right: UTS El Paso/UTS Mingay - white, twin, B/b, modified


UTS Zambo

UTS El Paso/UTS Sirene - white, triplet, B/b, exceptional horns

UTS El Paso/UTS Sirene - great rear

UTS El Paso/UTS Sirene - lustrous fleece

UTS El Paso/UTS Mingay - white, twin, B/b, modified

UTS El Paso/UTS Mingay - white, twin, B/b, modified, dense and soft

UTS El Paso/UTS Arroyo - white, twin

UTS El Paso/UTS Arroyo - white, twin

UTS El Paso/UTS Sirene - shaela, triplet, dense (forgot his fleece pic)


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fall 2017 Breeding groups for Under The Son Shetlands.

Breeding ended before Thanksgiving with the BFL providing clean up duties now.  Deposits can be placed for lambs next year.  There should be quite the variety of lambs.  All sheep are fine fleeced, crimpy, dense, and soft with good conformation.  Some have been inspected at WSWF (or sires  or dams were inspected) and passed.  Under The Son Farm is well noted for producing top quality Shetlands for the past 15 years.  We strive to produce Shetlands that are breed typey, hardy, productive in the jug, meaty carcass, and have a good fleece.

 UTS Mackinaw River

Black krunet (B/b), 2016 WSWF Supreme Champion

Goals:  Some repeat breedings that produced very nice lambs this year.  Coolea (1st place as ewe lamb at WSWF) and Tono Brea are different lines so hoping they produce nicely too.

White - Mascarpone (repeat breeding, kept her white ewe lamb and her ram lamb is top notch)
Moorit - Cascade (repeat breeding which produced 2017 WSWF Res Sup Champ UTS Calvin Klein and his twin brother Captain - probably the best ram lamb of this year's crop)
Grey Kat - S'more Tanz (repeat breeding, produced Patches, a spotted keeper ewe lamb)
Fawn kat - Coolea
White - Tono Brea


UTS Dawson 

Grey kat, B/b, krunet, med/lt grey color in fleece, silky

Goals:  Dawson has produced a lot of nice ewes, rams, and grandlambs.  Repeat breeding on Meredith; the other three should produce well.  


Black/shaela - Meredith Blue (repeat breeding, which produced Mack)
Grey - Kivalina
Grey kat - Sekka
Light moorit - Navara


 UTS Cameron

Spotted Grey, B/b

Goals:  Cam produced nice lambs two years ago so looking forward to more next year.  Some very fine fleeces here.

Black - Tacoosh (2016 WSWF Champ Ewe)
White - Fancy
Moorit - Brandywine
Grey kat - Manistique
Grey kat - Merrimac
Fawn kat - Topaz


UTS El Paso
White, modified (blue nose leather) ram lamb

Goals:  El Paso is a Cleggan great grandson.  Modified from his mother's and sire's mother's side, so should get some modified lambs.  Hoping he carries moorit.  I've been waiting to use a ram from his mother for quite awhile.  So pleased that this guy has wide horns, strong structure with fine bone, and a fine, crimpy, dense fleece.  He is staying on the farm.
Black - Moxahala
Light moorit - Cherra
Black - Arroyo
Dark mioget - Galena
Light mioget - Mingay
Fawn - Sirene


UTS Chrome
Black smirslet ram lamb

Goals:  Spots!  Chrome is a top notch structured and typey ram with a rear that is very strong.  Package that with a dense, fine, crimpy fleece and pleasing spots - on a horned ram - and you have a quite a ram.  Ceann, Chrome's mother, is a silky fleeced rooer so hope he passes that to his lambs. 

Grey kat - Darby
White - Juma
Grey - Colla
Grey kat - S'More Tocatta
Grey smirslet kat - Talledega
White (hiding behind Talle) - Markoti


 Crossbred group with BFL

It was hard deciding who to put with the cross ram, but some ewes had to go here.  Nine ewes are in this group so there will be several very nice fleeced cross lambs available, if you are looking for spinner's pets or commercial ewe producers.  BFL/Shetland crosses are calmer than Shetlands, bigger but not too big, with a fabulous fleece.  The ewes cross well with Texels or other commercial breeds to make market lambs and can lamb at a year old.

This is the BFL cross ram and he is for sale as of Dec 10, 2017

Nice, fine, crimpy, soft fleece.