Thursday, May 1, 2008
Last night around 5:30pm, Rai Min gave me my last lamb of the season. It's nice to be finished with lambing. Since it was cloudy, the barn was dark, and the lamb was all wet, all I could tell was that it was a dark colored lamb. (Rai Min was being an excellent mom by the way.) After a quick basic exam in the jug to make sure everything was ok, I also knew I had a big ram lamb with already emerging horn buds. I was quite surprised Rai Min delivered this big boy so easily. Even in the dim light last night I couldn't see any Katmoget markings, so I knew I had a grey or a musket lamb: Rai Min is solid black with moorit recessive. Bombarde can only sire Katmogets or Ag lambs and he is moorit based. So this morning I marched out to the barn to look for sugar lips on a brown lamb or a black lamb. Get this: No sugar lips. No pale scrotum. No lighter inner ears. And even more puzzling, I can not tell whether this lamb is brown or black. The color is somewhere between dull black, raw umber, and mud. Next to his pure black dam, the lamb is definitely not black. But I've seen moorit newborns before and he's just not like that either. I'm not aware of Bombarde or Rai Min being modified. I'll have to look into the pedigrees for that info. Perhaps they are carriers. That's easy enough to accept if it turns out to be the case. But how do I explain a solid lamb from a ram that is an Ag Katmoget? I can't figure that out. And I am 100% sure Bombarde was the only ram Rai Min was exposed to. She was locked in a barn stall the first half of breeding season. Then I put Allister down-so he didn't exist anymore-and Rai Min was exposed to Bombarde. In fact, I SAW Rai bred by Bombarde. I predicted May 1st as her due date, and she delivered 6.5 hours prior to that. Is it possible that the Ag traits will develop as he matures? Is there a blip in the system? I really don't know.